West Virginia's stunning 46-44 win over Louisville yielded plenty of heroes, but the man was again freshman running back Steve Slaton.
Slaton rushied for a career-best 188 yards and scored all six Mountaineer touchdowns, including three in overtime, as WVU erased a 24-7 Louisville lead. Slaton, ran through, over and around the Cardinals, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
Slaton added three receptions for 20 yards, putting him over the 200 mark in all purpose yardage. His twisting, turning rushes sparked WVU's fourth quarter comeback and earn him player of the game honors for the third consecutive week.
Defensively, the pick was much tougher, as a number of Mountaineers had big plays. Jahmile Addae, at free safety, gets the nod for carrying out the paramount assignment of the evening - limiting Cardinal big plays.
Addae did not allow a Cardinal receiver to get behind him, but also played aggressively. He came up with three big hits to separate UL receivers from the ball, and finished the game with seven tackles to go with his three pass breakups.
Playing centerfield, yet still being a force on short and medium range pass defense, is a difficult job, but Addae carried the assignment out well. He and his defensive mates limited UL quarterback Brian Brohm to a long pass completion of 20 yards, and despite allowing 31 completions kept the Cardinal star to 277 yards passing.
Mike Lorello also played a big game defensively, leading the team with 11 tackles. He also stunted one Louisville drive with an interception (the only turnover of the game) and broke up three Cardinal pass attempts.
Owen Schmitt came up with two huge plays in overtime to set up scores. He rumbled 23 yards to put WVU on the doorstep of the UL goal line in the first overtime, then took a swing pass and rumbled 20 yards to the Cardinal three to put WVU in scoring position for its final touchdown.
Pat White once again came off the bench for an injured Adam Bednarik and engineered a victory. White hit five of his 11 pass attempts for 49 yards, and added 69 yards on the ground to help fuel the comeback. White's 17 yard run on fourth down and ten let to WVU's first fourth quarter touchdown.