Pat White ran 11 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns and completed 5fiveof 10 passes for 85 yards and another score to lead West Virginia to their 10th win of the season to garner the BGN Offensive Player of the Game in West Virginia's 28-13 victory over South Florida on Saturday night.
White broke the game open in the second half after South Florida had appeared to seize momentum with a long drive that lead to a field goal to open the second half. Pat responded with a 65-yard run on WVU's opening play of the second half to extend WVU's lead to 21-6.
White backed that play up with a 77-yard touchdown run that blew the game open -- a run that might be the best run we've ever witnessed. The 77-yard scamper was the longest touchdown run of the season for WVU and the longest offensive play of the season for the Mountaineers. The TD run was also the longest touchdown run in Rich Rodriguez's tenure at West Virginia.
In front of his family in his hometown in his last regular season game as a senior Jahmile Addae led the team in tackles with nine and intercepted the seventh pass of his career to lead a Mountaineer defense that spent 81 plays on the field.
That performance, coupled with an interception in the fourth quarter, earned Addae our defensive player of the game honors. Addae finished the season with an interception in his final two ballgames.
Addae's Pick all but sealed the win for the Mountaineers on the first drive after White's long touchdown run. Along with Larry Williams and Dee McCann, West Virginia recorded an interception for the seventh straight game and the 10th time in 11 games.
Steve Slaton, who banged out 86 hard earned yards against a defense set up to stop him first, second and third, takes home a game ball. Slaton took the constant pounding of the USF defense that enabled White to run roughshod over the Bulls.
Mike Lorello gets a game ball for his nine tackles and an all-around effort harassing the quick Bull quarterbacks all night long. Lorello spent most of his evening in the backfield chasing the mobile USF quarterbacks and helped force three interceptions and numerous other scrambles out of the pocket.