As the Mountaineers finished off their non-conference slate for 2015 many have pointed to the defense as the strong point of the team, and rightfully so. The follow statistics show just how well the defense has performed.
-The Mountaineers are ranked first in the national in turnover margin at +9. That also makes them first in the nation at average turnover margin per game at +3.
– The Mountaineers rank first in the nation in scoring defense allowing only 7.7 points per game. To put this into perspective; Georgia Southern is averaging 45 points per game (not including WVU game), Maryland is averaging 37 (not including WVU), and Liberty is averaging 25 per game (not including WVU).
-The Mountaineers are second in the national in margin of victory at 41,5 points per game.
– WVU is ranked third in the nation in red zone defense only allowing offenses to score on 33% of red zone possessions.
– WVU leads the nation in total interceptions with 9.
-WVU is ranked 17th in the nation against the pass at 154 yards per game which is good enough for first in the Big 12 Conference
-Karl Joseph leads the nation with 4 interceptions which equates to a NCAA best 1.3 interceptions per game.
Yes the schedule gets exponentially tougher from this point forward but stats don’t lie, the Mountaineer defense is one of the best in the nation.