Players of the Game - Georgia

Standout performances abounded in WVU's 38-35 Sugar Bowl win over Georgia.

Steve Slaton broke Tony Dorsett's Sugar Bowl rushing record by two yards, and the Mountaineers needed every one of the 204 yards he gained to down the comeback-minded Bulldogs. Slaton averaged 7.8 yards per carry against a Georgia defense primed to stop him.

Slaton's three scoring runs of 52, 18 and 52 yards put to rest the notion that Georgia was the only team on the field with speed. On his last run, he burst past two Bulldog defenders to speed into the end zone and give the Mountaineers their final margin of victory.

Defensively, Mike Lorello capped his career with an outstanding performance against a big play Georgia offense. Lorello recorded eight tackles, forced a fumble, and broke up a pass as he helped keep the Bulldogs in check early on.

Mike Lorello
Lorello was also on the field for WVU's game-clinching fake punt. After committing a pair of illegal procedure penalties on an earlier punt sequence, Lorello helped clear the way for Phil Brady's ten-yard run on fourth down that brought the sweet taste of Sugar to WVU.


  • Darius Reynaud earns the first game ball on offense for his outstanding play. Reynaud scored the first two times he touched the ball and finished with six receptions for 48 yards. He also added one carry for 13 yards.

  • Pat White also earns notice for his gutty performance. Sprinkled among his 77 rushing yards were several key third down conversions. White was also spot-on in the passing game, completing 11 of his 14 attempts for 120 yards and a score.

  • Owen Schmitt completes a crowded offensive board on the strength of his 82 yards on nine carries. The rampaging back also broke loose on a 54-yard run that set up a field goal.

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