BGN Players of the Game - GSU

In an overwhelming vote, Ford Childress and Nick Kwiatkoski have been named the Players of the Game for their performances against Georgia State.

Childress, a 6-5, 234 pound right-hander, threw for a freshman school record 359 yards, completing 25 of 41 passes, including a 45-yard touchdown – one of his three in the game – in the 41-7 win. The Houston native played every snap, and seemed to cement his status as the starting quarterback from henceforth. Childress' other two touchdowns, of 21 and 23 yards, were to fellow freshman Daikiel Shorts,
Offensive Player of the Game
Ford Childress
Fr. School Record 359 yds pass./3 TD/1 INT
one of which was a rifle shot between three defenders for the Mountaineers' first touchdown that showcased just how big an arm the sizeable signal caller possesses.

Childress, who garnered 65.8 percent of the vote, led scoring five scoring drives of 60-plus yards, including an 11-play, 93-yard push that resulted in the pinpoint strike to Shorts. Childress did struggle with control at times, and the level of opposition was decidedly inferior. But it was difficult for one not to be impressed with the physical abilities displayed, and the ability, as head coach Dana Holgorsen noted, to remain poised and unbothered by pocket pressure or hits.

Childress did admit in the postgame that he, unlike initial starting quarterback Paul Millard, was indeed nervous before the game after being told he would start Wednesday. Those jitters never surfaced on the field, and the lone major hiccup was an interception thrown behind receiver Mario Alford that snuffed a promising drive. Childress defeated Shorts and running back Charles Sims to win the honors.

Kwiatkoski, by far the best defender on the field Saturday, tallied nine tackles, eight solo, from his linebacker position and forced a key fumble that was recovered by Karl Joseph. The sophomore influenced the majority of plays, and was among the main reasons West Virginia limited a GSU offense that led the Sun Belt in passing to just 84 yards through the air, and 220 overall. Kwiatkoski's blend of
Defensive Player of the Game
Nick Kwiatkoski
Team-high 9 tackles/1 sack, 1 FF
physicality and coverage skills allow him to hold up well against the run while adequately playing in space.

The 6-2, 232-pounder received 86.6 percent of the vote, easily beating out fellow linebacker Jared Barber and defensive lineman Kyle Rose, the other nominees.

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