POG: West Virginia - Pittsburgh

The performances of Darius Reynaud and Antonio Lewis earn our Player of the Game honors in No. 2 West Virginia's 13-9 loss to Pitt.

Reynaud made a huge 20-yard catch on the Mountaineers' final drive to setup a last-ditch chance. He finished with three catches for 46 yards, and on a night when so much went wrong for the WVU offense, he was a lone bright spot. West Virginia turned the ball over three times, once on a kickoff return, and never got in sync. In a game where so many players eliminated themselves, the honor falls to Reynaud.



Darius Reynaud

Lewis covered well and prevented a clinching Pitt score late in the game when he broke up a pass in the end zone. He had just two assisted tackles, but didn't allow many passes in his area and never got beat. He also had an early 48-yard interception return on the game's first play that seemed to prime West Virginia for the blowout win that many expected. It never came, but Lewis' play was solid in the secondary.


GAME BALLS

  • Marc Magro. He finished with an incredible 17 tackles, though that was as much a result of Pitt's running game and West Virginia's failure to run more than 12 offensive plays through nearly 20 second-half minutes. The senior linebacker had just five solo tackles, but was in on 12 more.

  • Mortty Ivy. He had 10 stops and 1.5 tackles for loss and played the run as well as any other Mountaineer in a game where WVU was ripped for 148 yards by LeSean McCoy. It was the second consecutive outing West Virginia allowed a 100-yard rusher after allowing just three in the previous 35 games. Ivy's play stands out because of his abilities in the pass and run.

  • Noel Devine. The little back had a 48-yard kickoff return that should have at least sparked the lethargic Mountaineers late. That was about the extent of it, however. He bounced runs outside too often, but did run hard. In a game where not much went right, Devine's lone big play was enough.

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