POG: West Virginia - Cincinnati

BlueGoldNews.com selects the outstanding players and performances from the WVU-Cincinnati football game

West Virginia got a clutch performance from kicker Pat McAfee, who made two huge plays down the stretch to give the Mountaineers a chance to pull of a victory they, in all reality, probably didn't deserve.

McAfee hit an onside kick with 18.8 seconds to go as well as he possibly could. The rest of the onside kick team did the rest, with linebackers J.T. Thomas and Pat Lazear blowing up an unidentified Bearcat and senior linebacker Mortty Ivy falling on the live pigskin.

Two plays later, McAfee hit what is likely the biggest kick of his career, a 52-yarder as time expired that left the Mountaineers and Bearcats tied at 20-20.



Brandon Hogan

Defensively, cornerback Brandon Hogan played his best game on that side of the ball, and quite possibly the best game overall of his two-year career. Hogan finished with nine tackles and blanketed Bearcat receivers all over the field, finishing with two pass break-ups as well.


GAME BALLS

  • Thomas might have had his finest game since moving into the starting lineup at the beginning of the 2008 season. The son of the former linebacker of the same name finished with a team-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss that cost the Bearcats eight yards in total.

    The Mountaineer defense registered eight tackles for a loss in all for 38 yards. Included in that total were three sacks for 25 yards.

  • Wide receiver Bradley Starks came alive in the fourth quarter as a pass-catching threat when West Virginia needed one most. Starks saw his most significant action of the season and caught two passes for 32 yards.

  • Kudos to most of the Mountaineer fans who braved this one out until the bitter end. Shame on the handful sitting in the lower level student section in the stadium's northeast corner who showered Cincinnati's bench area with cups, bottles and assorted other flying objects during the fourth quarter and at the end of overtime.

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