West Virginia University football notebook:

All-America center Dan Mozes doesn’t think going on the road for the first time this season will necessitate a mindset change by the Mountaineers.

“We love that,” he said. “We like adversity. We look forward to those away games because we love to play on the road.”

WVU, 3-0 and ranked No. 4 nationally, visits Greenville, N.C., for Saturday’s clash with East Carolina (1-2).

Mozes said the players enjoy the plane trip, the hotel experience, riding buses to the stadium, etc.

“We love it all,” he stressed. “It’s good to go on the road after playing the first three games at home.”

He expects the Pirates to be sky-high in an effort to knock off WVU.

“They came back against us last year and played their butts off,” Mozes recalled of WVU’s hard-earned 20-15 victory. “That says a lot about East Carolina.

“When you get ranked, you’ve got to play to the end, regardless of the score. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”



• A capacity crowd of 43,000 is expected for Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. kickoff at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Hot weather is forecast.

ESPN2 will televise the action nationally. Gary Thorne, Andre Ware and Todd Harris are the announcers.

WVU remains about a three-touchdown favorite.



• Fullback Owen Schmitt thinks, with four of the next five games on the road, the Mountaineers will be taking every opponent’s best shot.

“Some of the young guys haven’t traveled yet, but that’s about the only difference,” he said. “A game is a game, wherever played. Obviously, the crowd is a real factor.”

Schmitt said WVU prepares the same for every game, regardless of the site, and will be ready to perform well against the Pirates.

While he loves blocking, his primary job, he’s surprised that he’s gotten 22 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns so far.

“It’s nice to get a few opportunities to run with the ball,” Schmitt said.



• This will be the 18th meeting in an intermittent series which West Virginia leads by 15-2.

The Mountaineers have won the last five meetings. The Pirates’ only wins came in 1995 by 23-20 in Greenville and 30-23 in 1999 at Charlotte.

WVU has a six-game road winning streak, dating back to 2005. Its current 10-game overall success skein is the nation’s second longest.



• Brandon Myles, WVU’s leading wide receiver, believes his team has proved that it’s capable of passing when necessary.

He has eight receptions for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Darius Reynaud is next with eight for 69 yards and one score.

“Whenever your number is called, you’ve got to make something good happen,” Myles said. “You’ve just got to make a play when it’s your turn to receive.”

He believes Reynaud is a smart player who practices very hard every day and prepares well for each opponent.

“Darius studies their schemes and spots weaknesses,” Myles noted.



• Tale of the tape:

WVU is averaging 46.3 points and 486.3 yards per game, ECU 23.3 and 382.7.

Defensively, the Mountaineers are allowing 12.3 points and 280 yards per game. The Pirates are giving up 21.7 and 374.3.

WVU’s 348.7 ypg rushing average leads the nation. ECU is passing at the rate of 266.3 ypg.



• Tailback Steve Slaton will tell you that wide receiver Darius Reynaud is a two-sided weapon in the Mountaineers’ arsenal.

“He’s a great athlete,” he said. “You saw last week what he can do as a kick-returner.”

Reynaud returned a kick 96 yards for a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 28 yards, including a five-yard scoring shot from Patrick White.



• WVU has outscored its opponents 56-0 in the first quarter this season.

For the three wins thus far, the Mountaineers have tallied 139 points while giving up just 37.

Dating back to last year, they have rushed for 38 touchdowns in the last nine games.



• Maxwell Anderson of Morgantown admittedly is becoming more comfortable as the No. 2 fullback.

“I am still trying to learn all I can, though,” the homegrown rookie said. “It keeps me going as they keep putting in new stuff.”

Coach Rich Rodriguez says Anderson, who’s also on some special teams, is s quick learner.

“Otherwise, I might not be playing this soon,” Anderson said.



• Rodriguez is 29-6 in his last 35 overall games and 28-4 in his 32 regular-season contests.

He has taken teams to four consecutive bowl games for just the second time in school history.

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