The Mountaineers have a chance to reclaim much of what was lost in the loss at Texas Tech as they host 6-0 and No. 3 ranked Kansas State this week. WVU will be up against the most sound program in the conference to this point in the season.
The Wildcats lead the league in turnover margin at +10. They’ve turned the ball over just four times in six games. Kansas State is also the least penalized team in the league even with the nine penalties called during last week’s win over Iowa State. For the season, the Wildcats have committed just 18 penalties in the six games.
Kansas State has converted 52% of its third downs while allowing just four sacks. The team leads the league in punt return average and they’ve hit 7-8 field goal attempts.
So a lot of things are trending the Wildcats way. They feature two of the top four rushers in the conference. Junior John Hubert and senior quarterback Collin Klein combine for 186 rushing yards per game. Klein has thrown for over 1,000 yards to go along with his ten rushing touchdowns.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will be making the long trip to Morgantown with his team.
"We’ll just try to explain what our expectations are in regards to what the environment will be like and what the travel will be like," Snyder said. "We just need to be able to stay focused on the task at hand and, as we always say, keep the game between the white lines."
Things have gone from bad to worse for Texas. The Longhorns have lost back to back games to WVU and Oklahoma to fall out of the top 25.
Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat suffered a right pectoral muscle tear in the loss to Oklahoma Saturday. Jeffcoat will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season.
"I really hate it for Jackson," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "He was playing at such a high level as one of the best defensive ends in the country.
"He tore his other pec last year," said brown. "He tore it in the bowl game and was out this spring. He’ll be out for the rest of the year. He knows how to rehab. He’ll get back as soon as he can and get set for a great senior year."
Also, starting quarterback David Ash took a helmet to his left wrist. Brown says Ash is expected to play Saturday when Texas hosts Baylor.
"He is fine," Brown said of Ash on Monday." He practiced last night. He just had a bruise on his left wrist