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WVU is One of Four Left

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Skyler Howard drops back to pass against Liberty (credit BGS)

While it is still early in the season the WVU offense is already leading the nation in a category that has plagued them in the past. The Mountaineers are currently tied for first in the nation in turnovers lost with 0.

WVU is one of only four schools who have played at least two games to not have an offensive turnover this season. The other three schools are USC, Notre Dame, and Boston College. There are two other teams that have yet to commit a turnover but have only played one game each, LSU and Toledo.

The Mountaineers also sit tied for second in the nation in turnover margin at +5 (yes Karl Joseph is responsible for 80% of those, Dravon Askew-Henry the other). This is a welcome change as last year’s Mountaineer team was -15 in turnover margin giving away a total of 29 possessions (19 fumbles lost and 10 interceptions thrown). That was a average of 2.2 turnovers per game compared to this year which again currently sits at 0.

What is even more impressive, of the six teams without a turnover this season the Mountaineers lead them all with an average of 514.5 yards per game. Which is good enough for 20th in the nation.

Yes it is still early and it can be argued that WVU has yet to play legitimate competition but if the early trend this season is any indication of what is to come, well….

A side note, Georgia Southern forced 4 turnovers against Western Michigan (3 interceptions and fumble) in route to a 43-17 win this past week.

Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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