November 3, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers safety Karl Joseph (8) reacts on the field against the TCU Horned Frogs during the third quarter at Milan Puskar Field. The TCU Horned Frogs won 39-38 in two overtimes. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football: Looking at West Virginia's Defense

On Saturday, West Virginia hosts Kansas in the finale of the Big 12 conference ledger for both squads. West Virginia enters the game at 6-5 overall, while Kansas counters at 1-10. Here is a look at the Mountaineers defense.

Karl Joseph leads the unit in tackles, with 88 on the season. The safety has made 6.5 tackles for loss. Isaiah Bruce is right behind Joseph, with 85 tackles. Josh Francis leads the unit in sacks with 4.5 on the year, and 14.5 tackles for loss. During the Mountaineers five game losing streak, the defense was the team’s main undoing. Even in two of the team’s wins this year, the defense had issues. Versus Texas and Baylor, West Virginia gave up 108 points combined. In the losses, West Virginia gave up 248 points. The group finally had a decent outing last week vs Iowa State.

West Virginia is ranked 121st in the nation in scoring defense, giving up on average 41 points per game. If Kansas can somehow find a passing attack, they have a shot at keeping this game close with the Mountaineers.


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