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Taking Quick Peek At The West Virginia Mountaineer Defense

At first glance the West Virginia Mountaineers defense seems to be the real deal giving up an average of only 291.9 yards per game and just 17.3 points. Looking at their season stats its certainly enough to raise an eyebrow.

Pts/G Yds/G Passing
Yards
Rushing
Yards
17.3 291.9 2,212 1,291

However, what if I told you that their defensive stats were accumulated against the 115th, 113th, 109th, 89th and 71st offenses in the country in yards per game? With the exception of the Louisville Cardinals, who finished 8th, the Mountaineers didn't play a single team that finished among the top 25 in offensive yards per game.

Opponent Yds/G
Rank
Pts/G Yds/G Passing
Yards
Rushing
Yards
Louisville 8 35.2 488.0 4,104 1,753
Rutgers 26 31.2 437.2 2,964 2,282
Cincinnati 28 36.8 436.3 3,386 1,850
South Florida 39 35.8 421.6 2,742 2,317
Marshall 45 24.8 412.8 3,253 1,701
Western Michigan 58 26.9 398.0 3,211 1,565
East Carolina 71 30.2 377.9 2,479 2,056
Connecticut 84 27.8 358.3 2,317 1,983
Maryland 89 24.9 350.6 2,439 1,768
Pittsburgh 109 22.8 319.5 2,137 1,697
Mississippi St. 113 22.4 305.4 2,040 1,624
Syracuse 115 16.4 291.9 2,750 753

Against Louisville the Mountaineer defense gave up 382 yards and 31 points in what was a 7 point win for West Virginia. While the Sooners aren't in the top ten at 18th they are ranked higher than 11 of West Virginia's opponents in yards per game and Oklahoma's 43.4 points per game is by far more than any opponent WVU faced this season.


Dingle's 18 tackles for loss led the Mountaineers defense this season

West Virginia does have a fare share of talent on the defensive side of the ball though. Linebacker Reed Williams led the team in total tackles with 98 with fellow linebacker Mortty Ivy registering 86. Two players, defensive end Johnny Dingle and linebacker Marc Magro, are tied for the team lead in sacks with 8 each. Dingle also leads the team in tackles for loss with an eye popping 18.