Players of the Game - Rutgers

It wasn't a pretty win, but two determined Mountaineers turned in gutty performances to earn our player of the game honors in WVU's 35-30 decision over Rutgers.

Spur Mike Lorello again turned in a standout defensive performance to help the Mountaineers hold on for the victory. The Ohio native recorded eight tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, and was one of the few sure tacklers for West Virginia on the afternoon.

Lorello also recoverd a fumble and had a sack to stop two other Scarlet Knight drives. Adam Lehnortt, Scott Gyorko and Keilen Dykes also received nominations for their play, but in the end it was Lorello's consistent performance that earned him the nod.

Jason Colson
Offensively, Jason Colson, battling an illness, shook off that handicap to rush for 103 yards on the afternoon.

Colson carried 19 times, good for a 5.4 yard average, and also ripped off the game sealing run late in the fourth quarter. With WVU trying to run out the clock and facing a third down and eight, Colson powered 22 yards for a first down, which allowed the Mountaineers to kneel on the ball and end the game.

Colson's performance was even more impressive considering that he was coming off a bout of the flu which caused him to miss a couple of practice sessions earlier in the week.

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