Sims and Kwaitkoski have won the fan vote-based awards the most times of any players on offense and defense, respectively. Sims again paced a sputtering, mistake-prone offense, rushing for 104 yards on 16 carries despite not getting enough touches after WVU's successful first drive. The senior back also had one rushing touchdown and
Offensive Player of the Game
104 rush yds/2 total TD/29 rec yds
Kwiatkoski amassed eight tackles, 1.5 for loss, and added a fumble recovery as the sophomore continued to make significant plays from his sam position. The 6-2, 232-pounder has perhaps the most promising combination of youth and big-play ability on a defense that has too often collapsed at strangely varying times throughout games. Kwiatkoski has the proverbial nose for the football, and is continually around the ball, giving himself excellent opportunities to make plays.
Defensive Player of the Game
Eight tackles, 1.5 TFL/1 fumble rec.
Receiver Mario Alford and freshman running back Wendell Smallwood were also nominated. Alford had three catches for 76 yards, while Smallwood managed 33 yards on seven carries and two receptions for 42 yards. Neither scored. Defensively, end Will Clarke and safety Jarrod Harper were finalists. Clarke had a team-best 10 tackles, including two for loss, but allowed a wrapped up James Sims to escape for one KU score. Harper tallied five tackles and a forced fumble.