Taking Control

West Virginia offensive lineman Joe Madsen could feel the momentum of the Backyard Brawl swing the Mountaineers' way after the offense finally got on the field.

Despite scoring 14 points, West Virginia had just 16 offensive snaps (including three punts) in the opening half of their 35-10 win over Pitt. Although the Mountaineers went into the locker room with the lead at the half, the way the game played out over the first 30 minutes didn't allow the offense the chance to grab control of the game -- something it has struggled to do all year.

That made West Virginia's third quarter possessions all the more pleasing. After a quick-strike 71- yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin, the offense launched a crunching 10-play scoring drive that featured nine consecutive runs. Those plays covered all but the final 12 yards of the series and gave WVU a commanding 28-10 lead.

Joe Madsen could feel the momentum of the game swing strongly to WVU's side of the field as that drive unfolded, and it never left as the Mountaineers dominated the remainder of the contest.

In this interview, Madsen discusses the drive, and also shares a revelation about a dance he and teammate Brad Starks uncorked during the pre-game.

Joe Madsen Interview

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