BlueGoldNews.com selects the outstanding performers in West Virginia's 42-10 domination of Marshall.
West Virginia's 42-10 crushing of Marshall was highlighted by offensive performances from the Mountaineers' big three offensive stars, making the selection of the player of the game on that side of the ball a tough choice.
In the final analysis, however, 203 rushing yards and two touchdowns are just too much to overlook, so the BlueGoldNews.com player of the game on the offensive side of the ball goes to sophomore running back Steve Slaton. Slaton toted the rock 33 times, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, and despite some concern over the high total from head coach Rich Rodriguez, it's obvious that the Mountaineer staff is going to ride the horse that is Slaton for as far as he can take them.
Honorable mention goes to quarterback Patrick White, who racked up 168 passing yards on 10 completions in 14 attempts. White fired two touchdown passes to wideout Brandon Myles, and had another potential 30-yard completion dropped. He added 48 rushing yards on seven carries, and showed even more poise and command than he did in last year's Sugar Bowl win.
Defensively, first time starter Charles Pugh gets the nod despite a most inauspicious start. Pugh, who collected two personal foul penalties last year while on the sidelines, got the third of his career on the first play of the game. However, Pugh rallied from the bad start to play a very solid game. He racked up seven tackles (three of them solo), and covered his position well in the passing game. In the absence of steady Ridwan Malik, Pugh made the bandit position a solid one for the WVU defense.
Linebacker Kevin McLee played his usual steady game to pace the Mountaineer defense with nine tackles, and cornerback Vaughn Rivers, who played a good portion of the game after Larry Williams went out with a hip injury, earn honorable mention honors for their work. Rivers came up with five tackles in relief of Williams.