POG: West Virginia - UConn

BlueGoldNews.com selects the outstanding players and performances from the West Virginia - Connecticut football game.

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.



Mortty Ivy
Ivy, who had earlier tipped a pass and nearly come up with an interception, made a perfect drop and snared A Cody Endres pass to snuff out the Huskies' last legitimate chance to rally. The Pick, which came at WVU's 21, kept the Huskies from cutting into WVU's 28-13 lead and set up the Mountaineers' final, game-securing touchdown.

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.


GAME BALLS

  • Brandon Hogan's two interceptions and fumble recover were three big plays in the Mountaineer win. Hogan, who is still learning the finer points of cornerback play, continues to improve and grown. It's no coincidence that WVU's defense has improved along the same track.

  • Patrick White's performance was sublime, if not spectacular. The unflappable Mountaineer senior rebounded form what he termed a "terrible" first half to finish the game with 121 yards passing and another 109 yards rushing. His two scoring plays were epitomes of his style.

    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.

  • Kudos to West Virginia's offensive staff for working through it's game plan without panic. WVU got a look at a number of different plays and sets in the first half, and even though those plays didn't result in a great deal of scoring, the lessons learned from those calls wet the Mountaineers up with some go-to plays in the second half.

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