Though standout performances for those in white jerseys and blue pants were few and far between in Saturday's 24-3 loss at the hands of East Carolina, a couple of Mountaineer specialists did all they could to keep West Virginia somewhat competitive.
Kicker/punter Pat McAfee continued his strong start to his final season, scoring West Virginia's only three points of the afternoon on a 26-yard field goal with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter.
On a busier-than-normal afternoon from a punting perspective, the All-America candidate boomed five punts for a total of 225 yards, an average of 45 yards per kick. McAfee's long went for 65 yards.
Even more impressive than his punting yardage might have been his hang time, as the senior routinely sent his kicks skyward for more than four seconds. Of his five punts, three were downed inside the 20 yardline, with the 65-yarder just missing that distinction as it bounced into the end zone. None of McAfee's punts were returned.
Another specialist, senior walk-on linebacker Jim Lewis, had an outstanding afternoon on the punt and kickoff coverage teams. Lewis blew up an ECU returner on one first-half kickoff, and downed a fourth-quarter McAfee punt at the ECU four-yardline.
West Virginia has yet to record a touchdown in the running game this season.
The ECU fans were herded off the field in a timely fashion.