Unlike in West Virginia's loss to East Carolina, the Mountaineers did have a handful of standout performances in Thursday night's overtime defeat at Colorado.
West Virginia's pass defense -- maligned through the season's first two games -- got a huge boost from senior cornerback Ellis Lankster. Making his third career start, Lankster finished with 11 tackles and a pair of breakups.
As a team, West Virginia buckled down defensively after the Buffaloes jumped out to a 14-0 start courtesy of two Cody Hawkins touchdown passes. Hawkins through for 105 yards in the first quarter, but was limited to just 75 yards for the rest of the game.
Lankster was also played a big role on special teams, returning three punts for a total of 64 yards on the night with a long of 36.
Offensively, tailback Noel Devine had a fine game, picking up 133 yards on 26 carries. A wide variety of Devine's endless attributes were on display as the 5'7" sophomore made countless Buffs whiff on tackle attempts and sped up field for positive yardage.
Devine also showed that he can pack a mighty punch, finishing off one third quarter run by barrelling over a Colorado safety, and throwing a huge block to spring quarterback Patrick White for a big gain.