Reynaud and tailback Steve Slaton, West Virginia's two main weapons to compliment quarterback Patrick White, had actually left the game in the third quarter with cramping. East Carolina (1-3) threatened on the previous two possessions, driving near the red zone before ECU quarterback James Pinkney turned the ball over on a fumble on one series, and then hitting a 27-yard field goal on the next to pull within one possession. The building confidence and Dowdy-Ficklen's sixth-largest crowd of 40,510 were surging, and the fourth-ranked Mountaineers were feeling both, and doing so without their two talents.
"We were never really threatened," head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "But I could see some of our guys were concerned. We knew it would be a gut check and it was."
Enter the Maalox. West Virginia started at its own 26-yard line and moved to the 40 on three Slaton runs. It then went to the pass, hitting Reynaud in the flat, where he used all his skills to run among the best 180-feet West Virginia fans will see for a bit. The score deflated rowdy Dowdy and gave the Mountaineers a much-needed shot in the arm. They held the Pirates on the next series and then Pat McAfee hit a 29-yard field goal for the final 27-10 margin.
"When I see green in front I just turn on the afterburners," Reynaud said. "That's all she wrote after that."
It was, literally, a game-breaker and –saver. Reynaud finished with a game-high 110 yards on five catches from White, who completed 17 of 24 passes for 216 yards and the lone score to the Luling, La. native, who athletically recovered very quickly from his cramps.
"I couldn't even run my routes," Reynaud said. "This was the first time I ever got cramped like that in both legs. I got some ice, and it paid off. On the screen, Pat read the d-end going to Steve. When he jumped Steve, Pat went to me. I had to do something with it. I cut up the linebacker, used my speed, then cut up another guy and used my speed."
West Virginia now has two weeks of preparation before its second road test, an Oct. 7 SEC away game at Mississippi State.