Jock Sanders was held, like the rest of the WVU offense, to below par numbers in the first half by the Connecticut defense. Sanders had just three carries for 27 yards and one catch for nine, and also missed on a tough, but catchable ball that would have resulted in a touchdown for the Mountaineers in the first half. however, the sophomore slot receiver/running back brought the Mountaineers to life in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns to help propel WVU past Connecticut.
Sanders finished the game with seven carries for 45 yards and two scores, and added another touchdown on a short reception that was screened by wideout West Lyons. He finished with 21 receiving yards, and provided the spark the Mountaineers needed to kickstart their offense.
Sanders got his third quarter scoring parade started with a six yard scoring reception from Patrick White, Following a WVU interception, Sanders covered the last nine yards of a 33-yard drive with a pair of runs to put West Virginia ahead by eight. He capped the outburst with a three-yard run to put the Mountaineers ahead by 15 going into the fourth quarter.
On defense, it was Mortty Ivy that again sparked a strong second half effort.
On the afternoon, Ivy totalled ten tackles and broke up another Endres pass. He also obscured Endres version on a third quarter interception by Brandon Hogan, which set up WVU's second touchdown of that period.
The first, a 24-yard scramble off a desperate third -and-gaol situation, highlighted his smoothness, as he floated down the left sideline and skated into the end zone in unhurried fashion. The second, a lightning fast burst down the right side for a game-clinching fourth quarter score, was a familiar scene for WVU fas, as we wove his way through a tiring Connecticut defense.