Offensively, it was a toss-up for the BlueGoldNews.com staff. In the end, however, sophomore tailback Noel Devine again claimed the honor with his career-high night on the ground against one of the nation's most ballyhooed defenses.
Devine zigged, zagged and zipped his way to a career-best 207 yards on just 17 carries. The diminutive sophomore kept the Mountaineers in the game in the first half, and wrapped a big blue and gold bow around the biggest win of the season with his 30-yard scoring run with 4:22 remaining in regulation.
Devine's run put West Virginia over the 30-point plateau for the first time against Division I FBS competition this season.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Anthony Leonard continued his stellar play in the absences of redshirting senior stalwart Reed Williams at the Mike linebacker spot.
Leonard, a native of McKeesport, Pa., registered a game-high 16 tackles, including 11 in the first half of play to keep West Virginia in the game.
Jalloh's third-quarter touchdown reception from Pat White from two yards away gave West Virginia its first lead of the game. His 32-yard catch and run to paydirt on a fourth-quarter third down gave the Mountaineers a little bit of breathing room. Jalloh now has five career touchdown catches, three of which have come during the 2008 season.
The Mountaineers ran for 301 yars on the ground, nearly 200 yards more than what Auburn had been allowing per game.
Most importantly, Mullen kept the Tigers and defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads off balance for much of the night, particularly in the second half. Despite two early interceptions resulting in 10 Auburn points, Mullen stuck to the game plan and delivered West Virginia's biggest win of the season.