Nov 23, 2012; Ames, Iowa, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Tavon Austin (1) returns a kick-off against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football: Breaking Down West Virginia's Offense

On Saturday, at 2:30 p.m West Virginia and Kansas will face off in the final conference game for both teams this season. West Virginia clinched a bowl spot last week, after defeating Iowa State. Kansas is 1-10 on the season, losers of 10 straight. Here is a look at the Mountaineers offense.

Geno Smith all season long has been one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. The senior has thrown for 37 touchdown passes, and just five interceptions. Early on in the year, Smith was tearing it up until the meat of the Big 12 conference schedule came and losses began to mount. Last week, Smith didn’t do anything too flashy, in leading the Mountaineers to the victory.

Andre Buie makes the Mountaineer’s offense a balanced one. The running back has totaled 717 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Tavon Austin is the team’s leading receiver and second in rushing yards. Austin has made 106 receptions and rushed for 521 yards. Austin and Stedman Bailey combine to make the Mountaineers passing attack fearsome. Bailey has 95 receptions on the year, for 1,342 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Overall, West Virginia’s passing attack is sixth in the nation, averaging 335 yards through the air each game. The team scores 40 points, good for 14th in the country. The Kansas Jayhawks defense will have their hands full with this unit.


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