Players of the Game - Pitt

A pair of seniors earned our player of the game honors in the Backyard Brawl.

Senior quarterback Rasheed Marshall had 249 of West Virginia's 358 offensive yards to nab's offensive player of the game honors. Marshall rushed 18 times for 104 yards and completed 14 of 26 passes for another 145 yards in West Virginia's 16-13 loss.

Marshall was pretty much the entire Mountaineer offense, and he almost carried West Virginia to its third consecutive victory in the Brawl. Forced to scramble and run on almost every passing play, Marshall relied on his speed to give momentum to the West Virginia attack. He averaged 5.8 yards per rush and was only sacked once depsite being the focal point for the Panther defense.

On defense, senior Jason Hardee earned our honors with a tough, gritty performance in the trenches along the defensive line.

Jason Hardee
Hardee applied pressure to Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko throughout the game, and finally broke through to record a big sack in the second half to force a Pitt punt. Hardee has been West Virginia's most consistent pass rusher on the season, and his physical play up front was a big key to WVU's excellent defensive play.

WVU limited Pitt to 308 total yards, and harrassed Palko into a 14-38 passing performance. Hardee had four tackles (all solo) and recorded two tackles behind the line of scrimmage for seven yards, including his sack, which cost the Panthers five yards.

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