Despite the loss to South Florida, a pair of Mountaineer seniors turned in outstanding performances on Saturday.
Senior receiver Brandon Myles continued his late-season surge that all started with his 33 yard touchdown catch two Saturdays ago in the win over Cincinnati. On this Saturday, Brandon was the lone bright spot for a West Virginia offense that couldn't dominate the line of scrimmage, and thus couldn't run the ball like it normally would.
The senior hauled in six passes for 95 yards, and produced both Mountaineer touchdowns on the day. The first toucuhdown catch was on a fade pattern from quarterback Pat White. Just as he did against the Bearcats, Myles attacked the football at its highest point, and hauled in the pass over the smaller, airborne USF defender. His second touchdown was a beautiful 44 yard bomb from White, which hit Myles in stride as he sprinted away from the helpless Bull defender, who could do nothing but watch the Goochland, Va. native cross the goalline.
On defense, senior Will linebacker Kevin "Boo" McLee was the most consistent presence for West Virginia. Boo tied with teammates Quinton Andrews and Eric Wicks for the team lead in tackles with nine.
The Uniontown, Pa. native also had a pass break-up on the day, and keyed a West Virginia defense that gave up just 84 yards on the ground to the normally balanced Bulls.
The first game ball goes to junior slot receiver Darius Reynaud. The speedster was easily West Virginia's most effective runner on the afternoon, and the statistics back up that opinion. Reynaud carried just two times, but gained 67 yards on the pair of reverses. The 67 yards were seven more yards than the combined 60 by the duo of Whie and Slaton.
Reynaud also cuaght three passes for 34 yards, and returned three kicks for 77 yards giving him 178 all-purpose yards for the game.
Free safety Quinton Andrews played an admirable game, and earns our second game ball for the tilt with USF. The Miami, Fla. native racked up nine tackles and had his team-best fourth interception of the 2006 season.
Punter/kicker Pat McAfee performed well in all three phases of his game. As a punter, the sophomore boothed three punts for an average of 41.7 yards, wich a long of 51. McAfee also made a pair of field goals (30 and 32 yards, respectively) and executed West Virginia's quirky kickoffs well enough to limit USF to just 36 total kick return yards.