BGN Players of the Game: OSU

In Clint Trickett's first start for West Virginia, the quarterback earned Player of the Game honors, sharing the award with safety Darwin Cook in the 30-21 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Trickett, who had 86 percent of the vote, bested running back Charles Sims and receiver Ronald Carswell with a 24 for 50 passing performance with one touchdown. Trickett, a junior, threw two interceptions and had communication issues with head coach Dana Holgorsen. But he also challenged vertically, kept plays alive with his mobility and might be the best option for a WVU
Offensive Player of the Game
Clint Trickett
24 for 50/309 yards/1 TD, 2 INT
team still searching for consistently solid play from its offensive line. Trickett moved the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield effectively against an athletic Oklahoma State defense that gave up just three points to Mississippi State, the lone other BCS foe it played.

Trickett and Carswell connected on the longest Mountaineer pass play of the game, a 44-yard completion down the WVU sideline in which Trickett placed a perfect ball between the corner and an oncoming safety. Carswell made a twisting catch that at least helped flip the field after placekicker Josh Lambert missed a 34-yard field goal. Trickett also had 38- and 40-yard passes in the first half that led to scores.

The Florida State transfer, who at one point was behind fellow signal callers Paul Millard and Ford Childress, said afterward it was "big for him" that "when you're the starter, you know you've got everyone behind you and they're confident in you."
Defensive Player of the Game
Darwin Cook
Eight tackles/1 INT to seal game

Trickett is expected to start at Baylor this weekend while Childress continues to heal an injured pectoral muscle. The coaching staff has not said if Trickett would remain the starter when Childress heals.

Cook took top defensive honors for a heady, alert performance in which he played well against the run and made the game-sealing interception – one he called the easiest of his career – on the game's penultimate meaningful possession. The senior, an anchor in an ever-improving secondary, broke on an overthrow by Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh to setup West Virginia deep in OSU territory. The interception led to Lambert's 34-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining that provided the final margin. Cook was mobbed by his teammates after his interception.

"That, hearing the fans chant ‘Defense, defense!' reminded me of the good old days and how it used to be when the crowd was loud," Cook said. "A good defense base makes for a good fan base."

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