Week 3 Preview -- West Virginia Wesleyan at Fairmont State

Week 3 Preview -- West Virginia Wesleyan at Fairmont State

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 – 7:10 p.m.

West Virginia Wesleyan (2-0; 2-0 MEC) vs. Fairmont State (1-1: 1-0 MEC)

Location: Duvall Rosier Field (Fairmont, W. Va.)

Series History: Fairmont State leads the series 43-22-1

Last Game: 2016 – Fairmont State 31, West Virginia Wesleyan 17

Current Streak – Fairmont State has won two.

 

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BUCKHANNON - Fairmont State and West Virginia Wesleyan face off Thursday night in what is suddenly a critical early Mountain East Conference league game. 

Wesleyan enters the game 2-0, logging a road win at Concord (23-18) in week one, and a home shutout of West Liberty last week (34-0).

Fairmont State is coming off a comeback road win at Urbana (27-24). In week one, the Falcons lost a close non-conference tilt to East Stroudsburg (16-20).

Last season, Wesleyan played the Falcons tight last season during the Bobcats' Homecoming game. The teams were tied at 17-17 early in the fourth quarter before Fairmont State pulled away 31-17. 

Currently, these two teams are the top two defenses in the MEC in terms of scoring. Wesleyan leads with a 9.0 average, and Fairmont State at 22.0 The Bobcats have not yielded a rushing touchdown through eight quarters of play.

Both kickers, Wesleyan's Tyler Fischer and Fairmont's Sam Kiel, jointly lead the league with three field goals apiece.

Wesleyan's Jujuan Linzy leads in total return yardage, returning three kickoffs for 76 yards (25.3) and six punts for 181 yards (30.2). Linzy is the current MEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Defensively, Fairmont State's Marcus Porter is tied for the league lead in total tackles with 25, followed teammate Michael Porter in sixth with 18.

Linebacker Brandon Grayson is leading the Bobcats with 16 tackles, and leads the league with two fumble recoveries.

Wesleyan currently has the top rushing defense and passing defense in the league, holding the opposition to 89 yards per game and a paltry 2.4 yards per carry. They are allowing just 146.5 yards through the air.

Wesleyan's Devin Montgomery has rushed for 305 yards, second in the conference. Wesleyan in third in the conference in rushing as a team averaging 211 yards per game.

The Falcon's rushing game has yet to really get going as they are ninth in the league averaging just 88 yards per game on the ground. Terrell Charles lead the Falcons with just 102 yard on 30 carries.

Fairmont State quarterback Jujuan Young-Battle has passed for 495 yards. He has thrown two touchdowns and has not thrown an interception yet this season.

Wesleyan quarterback Ryan Deal has completed 30 of his 52 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.

Wesleyan is 2-0 for the first time since 2011, and the West Liberty shutout was the program's first since 1997. Wesleyan's special teams scored the first two touchdowns in that game, and 20 points was on the board just ten minutes into the contest.

Kickoff is set for 7:10 p.m. at Fairmont's State's Duvall-Rosier Field.