Syracuse boasts a fine leader in quarterback Ryan Nassib. The 6-foot-2 senior is completing a slightly higher percentage of passes (64.6 percent) than WVU's Geno Smith (64 percent) and has 11 touchdowns to four interceptions. Smith, however, is averaging 359.8 passing yards to Nassib's 215.7 and has 16 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. In pass efficiency, it's Smith again (152.39) to Nassib (135.94).
Freshman Dustin Garrison has secured the top tailback spot for West Virginia after an early season battle. He's now averaging 72.7 yards, while Vernard Roberts and Andrew Buie are averaging 23.3 and 24.8, respectively. Syracuse, meanwhile, is a one-man show, featuring 5-7, 201-pound Antwon Bailey, who is averaging 92.2 rushing yards. He's had three consecutive games of more than 100 yards rushing.
West Virginia has developed a strong three-man receiving corps. Stedman Bailey is averaging the most yards per game at 105.7. Tavon Austin has the most catches with 42 for 564 yards. And Ivan McCartney is tied with Bailey in number of catches (34) and is averaging 75.8 yards per game. Syracuse's corps isn't shabby either with Alec Lemon (53.7 average), tight end Nick Provo (44.2) and Van Chew (49.8), but...
Syracuse returned four offensive linemen from its 2010 team that beat the Mountaineers in Morgantown. Remember, though, SU only scored 19 points in that game. This year, the Orange, led by 6-5, 334-pound guard Andrew Tiller, is pushing for an average of 113.2 rushing yards with 12 sacks surrendered. WVU, led by tackle Don Barclay, is pushing for an average of 123 and has allowed seven sacks.