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.