Steve Slaton came off the bench to provide a spark, and punter Phil Brady had a career day to earn our player of the game honors.
Slaton, getting his first extended action of the season, showed why he's a force to be reckoned with in the Mountaineer backfield. The Pennsylvania native ripped off a 44-yard run against Tech's stout rushing defense, and finished the day with 90 yards on 11 carries -- a gaudy 8.2 average.
Slaton also caught two passes for 12 yards, giving him 102 total yards on the afternoon.
The quiet freshman set up WVU's first score by ripping off gains of 19 and nine yards to put the Mountianeers in scoring position at the Tech 18-yard line. His 44-yard run, which featured several broken tackles, put the Mountaineers in position for a third quarter field goal.
Brady had perhaps one of his finest days as a Mountaineer.
Facing Tech's excellent punt block team, Brady got away five kicks for a 42.6 yards per punt average. He did not have any blocked, and was consistent on all five boots. Tech punt returners managed zero net yards on three returns, and actually lost yardage on two of the attempts.
Brady finished the day with a net punting average of 42.6 yards per kick -- easily his best mark of the season.
Dorrell Jalloh earns the first game ball of his career for his first touchdown reception. On the play, Jalloh went up in front of a Tech defender, took the ball away, then split the tackle attempts of two Hokies as he raced for paydirt from 46 yards out. It was Jalloh's first career catch.
Pat White again earns kudos for solid play. Coming on again in relief of injured Adam Bednairk, White was 9-11 passing and displayed a alm and cool manner against the excellent Tech defense.
He gained 44 yards on 11 carries, and added 85 yards and two touchdowns through the air. In addition to hitting Jalloh, White found tight end Mike Villagrana in the back of the end zone for a two-yard score.