Morgantown, W.VA. – After a scary start to Saturday’s game versus Kansas, the Mountaineers defense woke up and showed up. The defense has been a dominant force in West Virginia’s game plans thus far through the season. After four games, the Mountaineers defense is starting to get the recognition it deserves.
In the win over Kansas, the defense gave up just ten points total and just 157 total yards. Those 157 total yards inched the Mountaineers to the top of several defensive ranking lists. The Mountaineers are sitting at the top in terms of yards allowed.
The Mountaineers are also sitting in the top ten of defenses in passing defense this season. Out of this list of top ten, the Mountaineers are the lone Big 12 team represented. The Mountaineers also rank third nationally against the run.
Over the last four games, West Virginia’s defense has been a dominant part of the team’s success. Head coach Neal Brown pointed out after Saturday’s win just how big of an impact the defense has had on the success of the season thus far.
“The defensive success starts up front with our D-line,” Brown points out. “We’ve got some guys there that are doing a nice job and winning one-on-one battles. We are mixing it up with how we are getting to some of our pressure stuff. We aren’t wholesale pressuring but we are getting to some well-designed four of five-man pressures.”
The Mountaineers travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday, at 5:30 ET.