Week 4 Preview -- Urbana at West Virginia Wesleyan

Week 4 Preview -- Urbana at West Virginia Wesleyan

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 – 12 p.m.

Urbana (1-2; 0-2 MEC) at West Virginia Wesleyan (2-1; 2-1 MEC)

Location: Cebe Ross Field (Buckhannon, W. Va.)

Series History: Wesleyan leads the series, 5-2

Last Game: 2016 – West Virginia Wesleyan 21, Urbana 20

Current Streak – West Virginia Wesleyan has won two

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BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's football team (2-1) looks to bounce back this week, hosting the Urbana Blue Knights (1-2) at Cebe Ross Field on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:00 noon

Wesleyan leads the series 5-2, including victories the last two years. Coach Del Smith's Bobcats won a close contest at Urbana last year, 21-20.

Urbana, could easily be 3-0, having lost tight contests to West Liberty (21-24), and Fairmont (24-27). They earned their first victory last week, downing Lake Erie 37-10. 

Wesleyan is led by a strong defense, that is second in the MEC in points per game (17.7) and tied for the lead in rushing defense (93.3). Linebacker Brandon Grayson leads the unit with 26 total tackles. He is also tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries. 

Return specialist Jujuan Linzy has provided a major spark to the Bobcats through the first three weeks. He is leading the MEC in both punt returns (30.2) and kickoff returns (28.0). He has returned kicks twice for touchdowns. 

Devin Montgomery (pictured) remains third in the MEC in rushing, having amassed 372 rush yards, and is gaining at a clip of 6.1 yards per carry. Kenny Lewis is the top receiver with 14 receptions for 169 yards, and a pair of touchdowns.

Urbana is led by linebacker Duray Hall with 34 total tackles, and receiver Trevon Saunders, who leads the league in all-purpose yards. Their offense is fourth in the MEC in scoring (27.3). 

"They have some dynamic players on both sides of the ball, that we will need to contain," Smith said. "We have already put the mistakes from last week behind us, and hopefully we were able to learn from them. This is a new week and a new challenge."

Urbana's last victory over Wesleyan came in 2014, when they beat the visiting Bobcats 35-17.