Sims and Kwaitkoski, who are repeat winners as both took honors after the Kansas game as well, have won the fan vote-based awards the most times of any players on offense and defense, respectively. Sims was again West Virginia's primary threat, netting 149 yards and two touchdowns, one a 76-yarder that pushed the transfer over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Sims, one of 14 WVU seniors playing in their final game, finished his lone season as a
Offensive Player of the Game
149 rush yds/2 TD/30 rec yds
Kwiatkoski tallied a game-high 14 tackles, six solo, and had an interception and 0.5 tackles for loss. The sophomore seems primed to become a stalwart in the middle of WVU's 3-4 set for seasons to come, as his mix of intelligence, ability to get to the football, toughness and pure feel for the game rank him as among the most promising young players WVU had had in recent memory. The 6-2, 232-pounder finished with 86 tackles, 12 more than the next closest player in Darwin Cook.
Defensive Player of the Game
14 tackles, 0.5 TFL/1 INT
Receiver Mario Alford and lineman Mark Glowinski were also nominated, with Alford coming within a single vote off Sims to tie for first place. Alford caught a career-best eight passes for 215 yards, including a 76-yarder for a score. Linebacker Doug Rigg, returning to play his final game after being held out of the Texas and Kansas contests with his third concussion in eight weeks, recorded five tackles, four solo, and spoke passionately about embracing his final outing as a Mountaineer in his third nomination this season. Jeremy Tyler had 10 tackles, seven solo, with 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble and pass break-up in by far his best all-around game of his true freshman season.