Players of the Game - ECU

Boo McLee was stellar in WVU's 20-15 win over East Carolina.

WVU's hard-hitting linebacker was all over the field against the Pirates, recording 11 tackles and raising havoc in the ECU backfield for much of the day.

The outside backer in West Virginia's 3-3 scheme didn't just pile up numbers, however. He made plays when they mattered, helping stem Pirate drives and keeping the Mountaineer defense in control for much of the afternoon.

McLee had 2.5 tackles for loss, and shared a sack for a loss of five yards.



Brandon
Offensively, wide receiver Brandon Myles was one of the view bright spots on the warm afternoon. Myles had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, which came on a crisp post pattern from quarterback Pat White.

Myles also had a 35-yard reception on thidd down and 18 in the fourth quarter to help extend a Mountaineer drive. Although WVU did not score on the series, the catch allowed the Mountaineers to extend the drive for five more plays, which took valuable time off the clock that the Pirates could ill afford to yield.

GAME BALLS

  • Marc Magro had an excellent game in his first start at middle linebacker, filling the shoes of Jay Henry, who did not dress. Magro forced a fumble on ECU's first series, whihc led to a Mountaineer touchdown.He also nearly came up with an interception off a blitz in the third quarter, and finished the day with nine tackles, including two sack, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup.

  • Phil Brady is much-maligned by many fans,but his rolling fourth-quarter punt did as much as anything to secure WVU's win. Brady's 52-yard punt rolled all the way to the ECU four-yard line, pinning the Pirates deep and forcing them to punt, rather than go for a first down, on their ensuing fourth down play.

  • Johnny Dingle got his first sack of his career and had his finest perfomance to date. Dingle put good pressure on quarterback James Pinkney, and had three tackles, including a half-sack.

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