With the heart and soul of the West Virginia defense, senior linebacker Reed Williams, shelved for the rest of the season while continuing to recover from dual offseason shoulder surgeries, redshirt sophomore Anthony Leonard was given his first career start in the 2008 Big East lid lifter for West Virginia
Leonard responded like a seasoned veteran, accumulating a team-high nine tackles in West Virginia's 24-17 win over the Scarlet Knights.
"It was really fun," Leonard said of his first career start. "I was just lucky to have the opportunity to be out there."
Leonard and the Mountaineer defense limited Rutgers to just 72 yards on the ground.
Offensively, junior quarterback Jarrett Brown again played a big role for the Mountaineers in relief, serving as both a running specialist on third down and short and also filling in for senior Pat White after the starter was knocked from the game with an apparent head injury in the third quarter.
Brown carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards and what ultimately proved to be the deciding touchdown.