Inside the Numbers: West Virginia at Missouri

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These two teams are not total strangers — they last met in Morgantown three years ago with the Mountaineers winning 26-11.

But the last time WVU went to Missouri, Bill Clinton was the President and gas cost $1.11 per gallon. It was 1994, and the Mountaineers hammered the Tigers 34-10.

Fast forward to the present and this game could go either way. WVU beat James Madison 20-13, but the Mountaineers struggled to get anything going on the ground, rushing for just 34 yards — or an average of 1.4 yards per carry.

But playing Missouri could be just what the ground game needs. The Tigers gave up 297 yards on the ground in a 37-31 loss at Wyoming last week. Wyoming had some big runs with two of their touchdowns going 61 and 75 yards.

WVU definitely took care of the ball a week ago. The Mountaineers rank fifth nationally in turnover margin. They are just one of 21 teams that did not turn the ball over and at the same time forced three turnovers.

West Virginia’s defense dominated and ranks 13th in the country with four sacks. The Mountaineers added six tackles for a loss and five pass breakups.

Pressure will be key for WVU — trying to keep Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant uncomfortable. He passed for 423 yards and 2 touchdowns last week.

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