BlueGoldNews.com selects the outstanding performers in West Virginia's 52-3 win over Eastern Washington.
On offense, backup quarterback Jarrett Brown saw the first significant action of his young career, and was impressive both running and throwing the football. Brown finished the game 11-15 for 129 yards and a touchdown through the air, and added 70 yards and another score on six carries.
Defensively, redshirt freshmen free safety Quinton Andrews had his second interception in as many weeks. He also added three tackles on the afternoon.
Andrews leads the Mountaineers with two picks on the year, and has thus far shown the ability to replace four year starter Jahmile Addae.
The first game ball goes to head coach Rich Rodriguez, who did an excellent job of getting his veterans work, but also got them out of the game in a timely matter once the outcome was clear. In the past, Rodriguez has been known to leave his starters in for as long as three quarters despite a lopsided score.
The second game ball goes to today's opponents, the Eagles of Eastern Washington. Not many teams would take a paycheck to fly across the country for a 49 point beating. The Eagles and head coach Paul Wulff handled themselves with class and dignity, and as a result will be using the money from this week's game and last week's game at Oregon State to make significant facility improvements for their program.
The final game ball goes to fourth string quarterback Markell Harrison. The Scotch Plains, N.J. native has bided his time as a member of the scout team at West Virginia, without ever getting close to the playing field. In his first varsity action, Harrison was a perect 3-3 through the air, and carried the ball five times for 33 yards and the first score of his career.