A pair of valiant efforts by our players of the game weren't quite enough to rally West Virginia to a win over Virginia Tech.
Defensively, a number of players had excellent performances as the Mountaineers held the Holies without an offensive touchdown. However, it was linebacker Kevin McLee who had the showing that nabbed our player of the game honor.
McLee recorded 11 tackles, including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage, and was one of the few Mountaineers to put any pressure at all on Tech quarterback Bryan Randall. McLee was also solid in defending against Tech's sweeps and options, making two solo takedowns behind the line to stunt Hokie drives.
Offensively, Rasheed Marshall gets the nod for a steady, if unspectacular, performance. The senior quarterback scampered 46 yards for WVU's lone offensive TD, finishing with 74 yards on the afternoon. The Pittsburgh native was a solid 7-11 passing in the opening half of action, but was victimized by at least two drops in the second half. He finished 9-19 for 81 yards.
It was Marshall's calm leadership, however, that kept the Mountaineers in the game when a blowout was on the horizon. He avoided big mistakes and put WVU in a position to take the lead late in the game, and although that effort fell short, his leadership and poise were evident in the hostile road environment.