Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd running back Martin Ward (29) is tackled by West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) and safety Karl Joseph (top right) in the first half at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

OU Football: Scouting the West Virginia Mountaineer Defense

 

Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd running back Martin Ward (29) is tackled by West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) and safety Karl Joseph (top right) in the first half at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Defense is a subject most West Virginia fans would rather not talk about. Though, is anyone really sure whether West Virginia knows what a defense is? WVU’s defense has been non-existent for most of the season, giving up over 40 points a game. They rank 121st in the nation in points allowed, and OU’s offense is more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Quickly, let’s see how the two stack up on paper through these averages compiled with the help of Sports Reference.

WVU’s Defense

Split

OU’s Offense

23.0

Pass Cmp

26.0

34.7

Pass Att

39.8

66.3

Comp Pct

65.4

343.6

Pass Yds

309.6

3.0

Pass TD’s

2.0

40.1

Rush Att

34.1

134.6

Rush Yds

176.0

3.4

Yards Per Carry

5.2

2.1

Rush TD

2.9

74.8

Plays

73.9

478.1

Total Yds

485.6

6.4

Yards Per Play

6.6

6.9

Penalties

6.0

59.9

Penalty Yds

48.3

0.8

Fumbles

0.7

0.8

Int.

0.8

1.6

Turnover Total

1.4

As you can tell, WVU’s defense gives up a lot. They have struggled to put a cap on any offense, and hopefully, for the Sooners, this is not the week they figure out how to do so.

A redshirt freshman, Isaiah Bruce, is leading the team in tackles. The linebacker is doing well in his first year, but will need help. The defense includes seven different players with an interception. However, none have more than one.

Josh Francis and Terence Gavin are leading the team in sacks with a combined 8.5 sacks. Applying the pressure to Landry will be vital for the Mountaineers. Get him out of his comfort zone and it will be a long day.

However, OU should have the athletes on offense to match WVU and put up points. It should be an interesting game and smells like a shootout waiting to happen. However, that may not fare well for OU if they find themselves in a touchdown scoring contest Saturday night.

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