UC looking for payback vs. Glenville State
"We threw three interceptions in the red zone, missed field goals, got stopped on fourth and goal and lost 14-10," Kirkland said. "We didn't take care of opportunities."
Glenville State has also missed some opportunities this year. The Pioneers' three losses, all on the road, have all come by a touchdown or less - 34-27 in the opener at VMI, 16-13 at West Liberty and 12-9 at Urbana.
Elsewhere in the Mountain East today:
West Virginia State (0-5, 0-4) at West Virginia Wesleyan (1-4, 1-3): The Yellow Jackets have lost 11 in a row dating back to last season and are winless under first-year coach Jon Anderson. With just two touchdowns in those five games, State will face a Wesleyan defense that ranks at the bottom of the MEC in yards allowed per game (434). The Bobcats, though, have one of the league's top quarterbacks in Jeremy Musselman, who is throwing for 309 yards per game, second best in the MEC. LaVaughn Hughes had 12 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns against Glenville last week.
Shepherd (5-0, 4-0) at Virginia-Wise (0-5, 0-3): Shepherd, ranked No. 12 in the nation in Division II, has an NCAA-best 35 minutes per game in time of possession. Wise is minus-21 in turnover ratio this year, but has a pass-catching threat in James Long, who had 16 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 59-35 loss to Notre Dame College.
Concord (4-1, 3-0) at Urbana (3-2, 3-1): A key MEC game pitting a great pass defense against the MEC's best passing offense. Concord leads not only the MEC but also all of Division II in fewest passing yards allowed per game (103.2) and has yielded just one touchdown through the air. Those numbers will be put to the test by Urbana's J.D. Mendenhall, who leads the MEC with 1,667 passing yards and 17 TD tosses, including six last week against State.
Notre Dame (3-2, 2-2) at Lake Erie (1-4): Notre Dame boasts another of the MEC's top offenses, putting up 36.2 points per game behind quarterback Ray Russ (280 yards per game) and the MEC's leading rusher, Pedro Powell, who averages 161.4 yards on the ground. Lake Erie of the Great Lakes Conference is surrendering 44.4 points per game.
West Liberty (2-3, 2-1) at Fairmont State (2-3, 1-3): Like West Virginia State, West Liberty is struggling on offense, totaling just four touchdowns on the season. The Hilltoppers' defense, though, is strong, allowing just 14 points per game. Fairmont State has won each of the last two meetings against West Liberty.
Reach Nick Scala at 304-348-7947 or nsc...@wvgazette.com.