With a 17 – 16 win over K State following a 35 – 32 win over BYU along with an impressive wins over Missouri and Youngstown State, the fighting WVU Mountaineers slip into the Top 25 of both polls.
WVU is ranked 22nd in the AP poll and 20th in the Coaches poll in this the 5th week of college football.
K State was ranked as having one of the top defenses in college football coming into Morgantown to play the Mountaineers allowing just under 300 yards a game of offense. WVU had 422 yards of offense against K State while holding the Wildcats to only 286 yards.
According to cfbstats: In 4 games the fighting Mountaineers have 5 interceptions including 1 pick-6; 18 pass break-ups; 3 QB hurries; 3 forced fumbles; and 0 blocked kicks/punts.
What is impressive is the 18 pass break-up, considering the Mountaineers lost many of its starting defensive backs last year.
For a defense that was supposedly depleted due to all the players it lost at the end of last season, plus season ending injuries to several of its most talented starters, this defense has proved it can and will fight to the end.
Thanks to Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson and his coaching staff, this defense is far better than many predicted. They have talent and a no-quit fighting attitude.
Down 13 points at the half against K State, WVU came out in the 2nd half and picked up its game by only allowing K-State 3-pts in the 3rd qtr and none in the 4th.
I can understand why DC Gibson (Gibby) is high on this defense. Gibby is the father of the ‘Fighting Mountaineer Defense.’