Players of the Game - Maryland

A pair of "old reliables" were the mainstays in West Virginia's 19-16 overtime win over Maryland on Saturday.

For the second straight week, Adam Jones is our choice for outstanding player on the defensive side of the ball. Jones intercepted two passes, had seven solo tackles (and eight overall) and broke up another pass attempt as he led an outstanding effort by the Mountaineer defense.

Jones was all over the field, breaking up passes, making tackles on running plays, and returning his interceptions for 51 total yards as West Virginia limited the Terrapins to 108 total yards through the air. Jones also had chances for two more interceptions, as he narrowly missed coming up with pickoffs on a tipped pass and on a square out pattern in the fourth quarter. Jones has clearly become the leader of the WVU defense, and his play has given him a stranglehold on the weekly award so far.

On offense, Kay Jay Harris rebounded from a pulled gluteal muscle to rack up 142 yards on the ground to power the Mountaineer attack. Kay Jay scored WVU's only touchdown in regulation, and averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

Kay Jay Harris
"I guess I answered any questions about my toughness today," a happy Harris said following the game. "My wide receivers and offensive line blocked well. I just kept nicking away at them, and it felt good. I'm still not 100% but I got caught up in the crowd and I didn't even feel my leg. They were even making fun of how to say my name, but I bet they know how to say it now."

\Harris had 32 carries on the afternoon, and did indeed put to rest any questions about his ability to play through adversity. Despite being unable to hit top gear and produce any breakaway runs (his longest carry was just 18 yards) Harris' steady play was the biggest reason the Mountaineers advanced to 3-0.

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