BGN Players Of The Game

Darwin Cook and Dreamius Smith have been named Players of the Game for their performances in the 16-7 loss at No. 16 Oklahoma.

Cook, a 5-11, 203-pound safety, matched a team-high with 11 tackles, nine solo, and an interception and fumble recovery while helping hold the Sooners to just 119 yards passing. Cook was a key part of a Mountaineer secondary that intercepted OU starting quarterback Trevor Knight twice, and limited the redshirt freshman to 10 of
Defensive Player of the Game
Darwin Cook
11 tackles/One INT/1 FF
20 passing with a lone touchdown. Cook was also key in run support and participated in one of every seven Mountaineer stops on an evening when Oklahoma ran 78 offensive plays.

Cook's interception came on Oklahoma's second series of the latter half after the Sooners had moved 86 yards in just four plays. On the fifth, Knight dropped and tried to hit a wideout in the end zone, only to have Cook pick off the errant attempt for a touchback.

The drive snuff was key to thwart building Oklahoma momentum, and appeared to help swing the game to West Virginia as it pieced together passes of 11, seven and eight yards to Ivan McCartney, Kevin White and Mario Alford around a 5-yard run by Charles Sims. But that drive, too, was stopped by Paul Millard's interception throw directly to Sooner safety Gabe Lynn.

Smith, 5-11, 217 pounds, gets the offensive nod in a game in which there wasn't much. The back busted the longest run of the game, a 75-yarder in which he ripped through the line and made a cut to the left before outrunning a pair of defenders. Smith only finished with 77 total yards on three carries, and West Virginia never truly got the junior back into the game plan after the run.
Offensive Player of the Game
Dreamius Smith
75-yard TD run/1 TD
Sims had 49 votes to 20 for White and 10 for Millard. Cook nearly swept the competition, which included safety Karl Joseph and linebacker Brandon Golson. Cook had 78 votes, Golson 10 and Joseph one.

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