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.
|-3||88||24.4||Points Per Game||31.6||95||-3|
|-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|
|+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|
|-6||106||18.7||Kick Return Avg.||22.6||86||+0|
|-10||117||3.3||Punt Return Avg.||4.8||24||-8|
|+7||19||73.0||Tackles for Loss||71.0||104||+3|
• 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.