Amidst the snow and swirling winds of Heinz Field, several Mountaineers came up with big plays, but none were so consistent as our picks for players of the game in the season ending win in the Backyard Brawl.
Offensively, quarterback Rasheed Marshall was a triple threat for WVU, as he ran and passed for a touchdown while nearly recording a third on a pass reception. In addition to his statistics, Rasheed played a masterful game from a management standpoint, committing few mental errors.
"I thought Rasheed had one of his best games in terms of decisions," head coach Rich Rodriguez said following the game. "He only made one decision where he should have run the ball instead of throwing it."
Marshall threw only nine passes, but completed five for 123 yards, including a big 79-yard touchdown pass to Phil Braxton in the third quarter. He added thirty yards on the ground, and also caught a twenty-five yard pass from Danny Embick on a beautifully executed reverse pass.
On defense, cornerback Brian King came up big for the second straight week. King had an interception to snuff out a Pitt scoring threat in the first half, and had three pass breakups in the second half to help keep the Panther offense in check. He also had three solo tackles during the game, despite again playing with a painful broken thumb.
"Brian King is an inspiration to our team," Rodriguez said. "His thumb hurts every time he takes a hit on it, but we just can't get him out of there. He loves to play, and he's earned the respect of everyone on the team."