Offensively, Slaton didn't have the best numbers on the field, but he turned in two huge plays to boost the Mountaineers on their way to the impressive road victory.
On West Virginia's second drive of the game, with the score 0-0, Slaton cut back on a stretch play and slashed his way down the right sideline before diving into the end zone to complete a 38-yard touchdown run. The play was pure Slaton, who juked a defender and outran the Rutgers defense to the far corner to give WVU an early lead.
Just as critical was Slaton's big run on a third-quarter screen pass. After Rutgers drove 56 yards on its first possession of the half, the Scarlet Knights appeared to be getting back into the game, despite a missed field gaol attempt that capped the drive. However, WVU responded by flipping a screen pass to Slaton, who rambled 51 yards behind key blocks from Ryan Stanchek, who took out defenders on two separate cuts to set up the play. The reception gave WVU a first down on the Rutgers 27-yard line, and when Slaton circled the end untouched for a score six plays later, West Virginia held a dominating 21-point lead.
Slaton finished with 73 yards rushing, but it was his lone pass reception that proved to be some of his biggest yards of the game.
Defensively, Mortty Ivy earned the nod with a standout performance. He had ten tackles (eight solo) including one in the backfield, and gobbled up a fumble as well. Ivy was instrumental in the gang-tackling strategy that West Virginia used against Ray Rice, who gained 143 yards but failed to rip off the big runs that characterize his second half performances.
"It was really just limiting the big plays and big runs by him. We should have had a zero [on the scoreboard]. But we just kept fighting and holding the rope for the rest of the team."
WVU did give up 314 yards to the Scarlet Knights, but made two big plays to keep Rutgers out of the end zone, and limited it to just three points on a second quarter Jeremy Ito field goal
Marc Magro was also a stalwart against Rice, racking up nine tackles and playing with his usual hard-nosed style. Williams, Magro and company held Rice to a long run of 15 yards, and also kept him out of the end zone -- the first time that has happened this year.