Key Moment: Q.A. bests Marshall

Quinton Andrews' interception of a Bernie Morris pass on Marshall's first drive of the second half halted building momentum and earned the freshman our Key Moment of the Game honors in his first career start.

Andrews, a 6-0, 205-pound redshirt freshman known more for his hitting than coverage skills, killed a solid Thundering Herd (0-1) drive when he broke on Morris' pass down the middle of the field from the WVU 39-yard line. He returned his first career interception 14 yards to the 34, delivering a blow to MU running back Ahmad Bradshaw when the junior tried to shoulder tackle him. Both players ended up on the ground.

The pick came at a moment in the game where Marshall threatened to pull back within striking distance. There were still 10 minutes left in the third quarter, and the Herd trailed 28-7. The score might look secure, but MU had blocked WVU place kicker Pat McAfee's last-second field goal to end the first half and stopped the Mountaineers on a three-and-out in the opening possession of the second half.

Add in the Herd's 28-yard drive thus far – where Bradshaw ran for gains of nine, three, five and nine yards in his churning style – and its ability to begin to throw the ball, and a score would have resulted in newfound confidence and perhaps a slight tightening of the Mountaineers. But the potential 28-14 contest turned into a 35-7 rout when West Virginia transformed the turnover into its first score of the second half on a seven-play, 66-yard drive that took another 3:18 off the clock.

Andrews' pick enabled WVU to further punish a wilting Marshall front four with six running plays, including five consecutive to finish the drive. Slaton tallied 29 yards on the push, and fullback Owen Schmitt punched in from three yards out after setting himself up with an 18-yard run to the Marshall four-yard line. Darius Reynaud also had a 16-yard grab on the drive.

"I kind of baited him," Andrews said of Morris. "I knew I had to get him into a situation where he thought he had the advantage. I just broke on the ball and it was right there. I think he thought he could get it in there. It actually was big in terms of momentum because they were driving on us. I think I played pretty well.

"I am not to where I can line guys up, but I recognized when guys were far off where they should be. I surprised myself with how easy it was out there. On the touchdown that we allowed, I tried to bait him on that. Afterward coach (tony) Gibson (WVU's secondary coach) told me just to play the man and make sure I break up the play first. I did that for the rest of the game. You can't just go for the picks. You have to make sure to do it when you can."


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