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How WVU stacks up in national OFF/DEF rankings: Week 12

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Well, we're back again. After a 31-19 loss to Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday, let's take a peek at where the Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) fall in the national rankings.

What you'll find here are the national rankings for West Virginia on all three sides of the ball -- offense, defense and special teams. The easiest way to split it this was "GAIN" vs. "ALLOW" on the chart. So, under "interceptions," for example, on the left is the number of interceptions gained by WVU (caught), on the right is the number allowed (thrown).

The NR numbers are the national rankings (and there are 125 FBS teams). +/- marks whether WVU rose or fell in the rankings: means they got better, means worse.

+/- NR GAIN WEST VIRGINIA ALLOW NR +/-
-3 88 24.4 Points Per Game 31.6 95 -3
-1 90 142.9 Rushing Yards 186.1 84 -5
+0 46 253.5 Passing Yards 257.2 104 +12
+4 74 396.5 Total Yards 443.4 100 +0
-2 72 20.6 First Downs 20.7 63 +13
-3 37 163 Plays of 10+ Yds 175 117 -3
+0 46 51 Plays of 20+ Yds 56 104 +1
+3 19 28 Plays of 30+ Yds 35 121 -2
+1 112 32.5% 3rd-Down Conv. 42.7% 91 +6
 -2 120 25.0% 4th-Down Conv. 60.0% 92 +25
+11 67 82.8% Red-Zone Scores 84.6% 75 +8
+7 98 54.2% Red-Zone TD Pct. 55.7% 35 +3
-2 87 28:47 Time of Possession 31:13 -- --
+0 72 49.4 Penalty Yards Avg. 60.5 18 +7
-13 59 73.7% Field Goal Pct. 75.0% 68 -1
+2 20 43.5 Punt Avg. 39.8 30 +24
-6 106 18.7 Kick Return Avg. 22.6 86 +0
-10 117 3.3 Punt Return Avg. 4.8 24 -8
-11 96 15.0 Sacks 26.0 100 -2
+7 19 73.0 Tackles for Loss 71.0 104 +3
-11 44 11 Interceptions 14 109 -14
+2 2 15 Fumble Recoveries 14 121 +3
-3 73 -2 Turnover Margin -- -- --

NOTES

 West Virginia ranks in the bottom-25 in on offense in: 3rd- and 4th-down conversions, sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions and fumbles ... special teams on: kick return and punt return ... and defense on: passing yards, total yards and plays of 10+, 20+ and 30+ yards.

With punter Nick O'Toole, West Virginia now owns the No. 9 net punting average in the country at 40.5 net yards per punt.

 Only one team, Maryland (16) has fumbled the ball away more than WVU (14).

• Now with 26 takeaways, the WVU defense continues to eclipse its 2012 total (20) with one game remaining.


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