Players of the Game - JMU

A solid performance from a senior and expected plays from a stellar junior earned our player of the game awards in WVU's 45-10 win over James Madison.

Senior bandit Lawrence Audena had two big plays and lots of smaller, but no less important ones, to spearhead the Mountaineer defensive effort. With the James Madison running game getting some respectable yardage on first down, Audena provided good support from the second level of the defense, recording nine tackles, eight of them solo.

Audena also had two big plays, forcing a pair of fumbles by the Dukes. One of those, in the second quarter, was perhaps the most important of the game. Audena sripped Duke running back Antoinne Bolton of the ball at the 19-yard line, where it was scooped up by linebacker Adam Lehnortt and returned for a touchdown. That play gave the Mountaineers a 21-0 lead at the half, and removed any ideas the visitors had of pulling off an upset.

On offense, it was wide receiver Chris Henry, with two timing pattern touchdown receptions, who snared offensive player of the game honors.

Chris Henry
The 6-5 wideout, who probably could have caught a pass on every play had the calls come his way, was again a weapon that opponents could not contain. Henry snared two touchdown passes, both on lobs to the corner of the end zone where his superior height came into play.

Henry also did a good job in setting up the first score, as he drove hard toward the middle of the field before angling toward the corner to haul in the scoring toss from Rasheed Marshall.

The Louisiana native finished with seven catches for 74 yards to go with the two scores. Although his long catch was just 19 yards, Henry's catches continually kept WVU drives alive. His touchdown receptions came on third and fourth down, respectively.

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