Players of the Game - Syracuse

A player with something to prove and a steady defender earned the player of the game awards for their performances against Syracuse.

Running back Jason Colson, who Syracuse recruited as a defensive bak, proved for the second straight season that the Orange might have made a bit of a mistake with that decision.

For the second straight game, and for the second time against the Orange, the New York native went over the 100-yard rushing mark to help lead the Mountaineers to victory.

Colson rushed for 113 yards on just 18 carries, a gaudy 6.3 yards per carry average. And while the speedy runner didn't score a touchdown, his steady performance, which included a loss on just one carry, helped the Mountaineers' offense put together several sustained drives.

On defense, steady senior leader Adam Lehnortt helped spearhead a Mountaineer defense that allowed just 66 yards rushing on the evening.

Adam Lehnortt
Lehnortt, who was in the middle of the action for most of the night, defended well against the run and made several tackles against Syracuse receivers, who tan most of their routes in the middle of the field.

"It seemed every time we ran the ball, number 10 was there," Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson said after the game.

Lehnortt finished the evening with eight tackles, including three solo stops. He had two tackles for loss including one sack for a two yard loss.

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