Wicks finished with three tackles, but his most notable plays came late in the contest. Louisville, down 24-14, was steadily building confidence that got a further boost when WVU quarterback Patrick White was sacked and fumbled the ball, giving it possession at its own 34-yard line. The Cardinals had begun to move the ball effectively midway through the first half. It had been slowed, but not totally stopped, and the turnover provided a chance to pull within three points.
After a 14-yard gain from Brian Brohm to Harry Douglas, West Virginia held the next two snaps to just three total yards. On third and seven from the 45-yard line, Brohm dropped and looked downfield. He spied a pair of covered crossing routes, and looked to a further check down, barely seeing John Holmes coming from up the middle. The junior drilled the quarterback, popping the ball loose. It was scooped up by Eric Wicks, who ran 44 yards for a touchdown to put the Mountaineers ahead 31-14 with 6:54 left in the third quarter. It was the seventh time in eight third downs that West Virginia had held UL, and it both swung momentum back to the home side and gave WVU a 17-point cushion.
It was the second fumble West Virginia had converted into points, and its ability to capitalize on the latter turnover when Louisville could not was the difference in the game. Holmes gains Game Ball honors for the play, and for his four tackles, three of which were solo. He also had a sack, one of four on the night, and a tackle for loss.
The offensive champion, Reynaud caught WVU's first two touchdown passes. The wideout broke open twice across the back of the end zone, both times catching nice passes from White for the junior quarterbacks only two scores. Reynaud led all WVU receivers with six catches for 79 yards. His longest was 32, on a key third down play. He broke open on a seam route, and White floated a toss to him that he went up and got. He did miss portions of the game with a leg injury, however.