Miller, Smith, Austin Earn Big East Honors

West Virginia defensive lineman Julian Miller and punter Corey Smith earned conference player of the week honors for their performances in West Virginia's 21-20 win over Pitt

Julian Miller a senior defensive tackle from Columbus, Oh., earned his second Big East player of the week award after helping West Virginia to a 21-20 win against Pittsburgh. He had 12 tackles and tied a school record with four sacks against the Panthers, including two sacks on Pittsburgh's final drive. Miller leads all active Bowl Subdivision players with 27.5 career sacks.

Corey Smith, a junior from Inwood, W. Va., entered the game in the second quarter and made an immediate impact in the field position battle, helping the Mountaineers to a 21-20 win. Smith averaged 57.2 yards on four punts, hitting kicks of 57, 50, 62 and 60 yards, dropping two punts inside the Panther 20-yard line and one on the 2-yard line. Smith's 60-yard punt from the West Virginia 14 in the final two minutes, helped the Mountaineers seal the win on defense.

Junior wide receiver Tavon Austin earned a spot on the league's honor roll of performances. The Baltimore, Md., native hHad 10 catches for 102 yards and had 122 all-purpose yards in the victory.


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