POG: West Virginia - UConn

Patrick White's 293 total yards of offense and sensation running and Mortty Ivy's all-around playmaking earn our Player of the Game honors in No. 3 West Virginia's 66-21 win over No. 20 Connecticut.

White ran for 186 yards and scored two touchdowns as WVU moved one step closer to the BCS title tilt on Saturday. The Huskies had no answer for White, who manufactured key plays where there were none and created space in what seemed a vacuum. He ran for first downs on third and long to setup Steve Slaton. He exploited any holes in UConn's otherwise stout defense. And he once again broke not only the backs, but the spirit of the opposition as well.

White busted a 29-yard run that led to Slaton's 31-yard touchdown run for a 24-7 lead, then ripped off a scoring run that put WVU up 31-14 with 11 minutes left in the third quarter. Called by UConn head coach Randy Edsall the best quarterback in the country, White tallied 293 yards and three touchdowns and was masterful in leading the spread offense to more than 500 yards of total offense.

Mortty Ivy

Ivy finished with a game-high 11 tackles, including two sacks and three for loss. The combined 36 yards in losses helped limit UConn to just 82 yards of offense in the second half, the vast majority of which came on a meaningless final drive with a full team of Mountaineer substitutes. The Huskies might have racked up 392 total yards, but they turned the ball over twice. Ivy played every area of the game well, and manned West Virginia's passing zone and its run game. Arguably the most unheralded of defensive MVP candidates, Ivy continues to stack solid performance upon solid performance in what is certainly his finest all-around season of football.


  • The defensive coaching staff. With West Virginia fitting up improperly and not attacking the run effectively, coordinator Jeff Casteel made a few adjustments that totally shut down the UConn offense. The defense began playing downhill, according to cornerback Vaughn Rivers and safety Eric Wicks, and bottled the run game as it had in the past. As the offense piled on points, the defense forced three-and-outs with regularity and essentially eliminated any comeback chance.

  • Pat McAfee. The kicker did miss a 57-yard try at the end of the first half. But he connected on nine point afters and a 46-yard field goal and again changed field position with a 60-plus yard punt. That pinned the Huskies and forced them to drive the length of the field.

  • The offensive line. The five up front led West Virginia to 624 yards of offense, 517 of which came on the ground. It was the most rushing yards since WVU had 536 against East Carolina in 2002. It was the third-most total offensive yards ever under seventh-year head coach Rich Rodriguez, behind the 641 against Pitt last year and 627 versus Rutgers in the 80-7 game in 2001. It was the fourth time West Virginia eclipsed the 600-yard mark under Rodriguez.

    "The offensive line did an excellent job of blocking," White said. "They wore them out. They worked as a unit, all five guys together."

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