Monday Awards, Honors

West Virginia players continue to rack up awards from both the Big East Conference and national award committees.

Quarterback Patrick White accounted for 230 yards of offense and figured in three touchdowns in West Virginia's 35-13 win at Connecticut, keeping the Mountaineers alone in first place in the Big East standings.

The senior ran for a game-high 109 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and completed 11 of 18 passes for 121 yards and another TD to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors. White also surpassed career milestones of 4,000 rushing yards, 5,000 passing yards and 9,000 total yards.

Mortty Ivy
Mortty Ivy snared the league's defensive Player of the Week honors with 10 tackles, a pass breakup and a 19-yard interception return. The pick set up WVU's game-clinching touchdown as WVU broke UConn's 11-game home winning streak.

Ivy led a defense that registered its third consecutive second-half shutout and held Connecticut's rushing offense — which was ranked 17th nationally — to 95 yards below its average.

Pat McAfee snared his second national honor in the past week when he was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation's outstanding place kicker.

McAfee is one of 20 semi-finalists for the 2008 Award. That list will be narrowed to three finalists later this month in a vote of a panel consisting of all Division 1 coaches and SID's, along with national, regional and local football writers. These finalists will be invited to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet December 7-9 in West Palm Beach, FL. The winner will be announced live on the nationally televised Home Deport ESPNU College Football Awards Program on the evening of December 11, 2008.

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in Football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. The 1,608 career points he scored is still a Browns' franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in league. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

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