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Saturday, September 24, 2011
LSU-WVU in field position game

By Andrea Adelson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- One of the stats that stands out so far in the first half of the West Virginia-LSU game is starting field position.

Each team has had five possessions. LSU has averaged starting from the West Virginia 42. West Virginia has averaged starting from the LSU 16. Two of West Virginia's five possessions have started from inside its 5-yard line thanks to excellent punts from Brad Wing. That has made a clear difference as No. 2 LSU has jumped out to a quick 20-7 lead midway through the first half.

The longest touchdown drive of the game for the Tigers was 61 yards on its most recent score -- a 52-yard pass from Jarrett Lee to Odell Beckham Jr. on a play-action fake. Meanwhile, West Virginia has had a difficult time driving 90-plus yards on one of the best defenses in the nation.