BGN Players of the Game - Maryland

Nick O'Toole and Will Clarke have been named the Players of the Game in West Virginia's 37-0 loss to Maryland.

That O'Toole, a punter, took Offensive Player of the Game honors speaks volumes about the loss. On a day in which the Mountaineers managed just 175 yards of offense and six first downs, the sophomore was kept busy, punting eight times for a 46.1 yard average. O'Toole had four punts of 50-plus yards, including a 54-yarder
Offensive Player of the Game
Nick O'Toole
Eight punts/46.1 yd average/3 punts 50-plus yds
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.

and was able to flip the field position effectively. The Mountaineers punted on six of their first eight possessions, the other two ending in turnovers in its worst offensive performance in more than a decade.

O'Toole was also effective from close range, having three downed inside the 20-yard line with zero touchbacks. The 6-5, 220-pounder is averaging 44.9 yards per punt, with a net of 43.7, for an offense that is averaging just 18 points per game and suffered major lulls in the midst of contests, with a combined 20 points over four games in the second and third quarters.

Will Clarke took defensive honors for his career-high two sacks in a solid overall team performance. The defense kept the offense in the game far longer than it should have been, forcing two turnovers and limiting the Terps despite being put in less than desirable field position. Clarke, a senior, showed consistent effort in a game in which many of his teammates couldn't say the same.
Defensive Player of the Game
Will Clarke
2 sacks, 3 tackles
Clarke also finished plays, and though his stat line with just three stops isn't as impressive as others, his constant motor and exertion earned him the fan vote.

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