Players of the Game - Florida State

Defensive back Anthony Mims and running back Kay Jay Harris are our choices for players of the game in WVU's 30-18 loss to Florida State in the Gator Bowl.

Harris, running behind a determined offensive line, gained 134 yards on 25 carries against the number-one ranked rushing defense of the Seminoles. Harris averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored one touchdown as he flipped over the FSU line in the first quarter to give the Mountaineers a 12-10 lead in the first quarter.

Harris added to the damage with four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown, which was a beautifully designed 36-yard screen pass from quarterback Rasheed Marshall. Harris made one cut after catching the ball and outraced the Seminole defense to the end zone to put WVU back into the game after falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter.

On defense, Mims responded to early FSU challenges to help hold the Seminole passing game in check. He covered Craphonso Thorpe like a blanket on a deep pass on the Noles' first play of the game, and did not yield a deep reception during the contest.

Anthony Mims
"I knew they were going to come after me," Mims said after the game. "Every team has tried to do that. It was my day to hold my own and show them they couldn't throw on me. We recognized when the deep play was coming, and stepped up and held it down.

Mims also made the most of a new wrinkle in WVU's defense, where he lined up on the slot receiver instead of the wideout, then blitzed the quarterback. He just missed a sack of FSU quarterback Chris Rix, but forced an incompletion that led to a Seminole punt.

"We put that in this week. It was a little bit different, but it was fun," Mims said.

The junior finished with three tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass breakup. On the tackle behind the line, Mims read an FSU wide receiver screen beautifully and made the tackle almost immediately after the reception for a loss of three yards.

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