Players of the Game - Cincinnati

Another stellar rushing performance and an all-around defensive showing top our honors list for Cincinnati.

Boo McLee heads an all-star cast of candidates in WVU's 38-0 whitewashing of Cincinnati to earn our player of the game honors. The speedy, aggressive linebacker recorded seven tackles and also had several big plays as the Mountaineers posted their first shutout since defeating Rutgers 40-0 in 2002.

In addition to his tackles, McLee forced a fumble, broke up a pass, and capped his evening with an interception and 30-yard return to set up a 28-yard Pat McAfee field goal.

On offense, running back Steve Slaton's 129-yard, four-touchdown performance was enough to nip quarterback Pat White for offensive honors. Slaton has now scored 12 touchdowns in his last four games, and has quickly become West Virginia's go-to option in the red zone.

Slaton's only other touch came on a pass reception on which he lost ten yards, but that was a mere bump in the road as he helped the Mountaineers build a 28-0 lead with scoring runs of four, one, nine and 33 yards.


Pat White continued to grow in the quarterback job, and also solidified his hold on the starting slot.

White rushed for a career-best 111 yards on just eight carries (a 13.9 yards per carry average), and also completed seven of 12 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. That pass, lobbed over the head of a Bearcat defender and into the arms of Darius Reynaud, showed more touch than the still-growing White had displayed in previous games.

  • Spur Eric Wicks also deserves notice for his play on the corner of the Mountaineer defense. Wicks helped keep the outside running of the Bearcats in check while racking up nine tackles, including one for a loss of four yards, while also forcing a fumble.

  • Brandon Myles also deserves attention for his two long pass receptions, both of which set up scores. The second, which came on the first play after half of the stadium lights went out, established WVU's aggressive tone and assured the homestanding Bearcats that West Virginia was in the contest for the long haul.

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