POG: West Virginia - Rutgers

The BlueGoldNews.com staff picks the outstanding players and performances from the WVU - Rutgers game

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.


  • Junior wide receiver Wes Lyons had the best game of his Mountaineer career, hauling in four catches for 44 yards with a long of 19. Lyons, who missed much of fall camp recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, proved to be a tough matchup for the Rutgers defense with his 6'8" frame.

  • Freshman tight end Tyler Urban made his first career catch in his fifth collegiate game, but it was certainly well worth the wait for the North Huntingdon, Pa. product. Urban hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from White in the first quarter, breaking open at the line of scrimmage and never being picked up by the RU defense.

  • With Williams now out of the lineup for good this season, Leonard is not the only linebacker who will be asked to elevate his level of play. Senior Mortty Ivy was all over the field again on Saturday, coming up with eight tackles and a pass break up on the afternoon.

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