POG: West Virginia - USF

West Virginia survived a defensive struggle, taking out South Florida by a final of 13-7.

With Mother Nature being more than a bit intrusive on the proceedings at Milan Puskar Stadium, no individuals stood out more than any other in West Virginia's regular-season finale.

With that in mind, the BlueGoldNews.com staff has decided to make something of a symbolic choice for the weekly Player of the Game award.

Of the thousands of players who have ever suited up in the Old Gold and Blue, none has had quite the impact of one Patrick White. The senior quarterback was honored on Saturday night with a White out, complete with the elements coming down from the sky.

Statistically, White's 141 yards passing and 40 yards rushing don't exactly stand alone as tops in his career. Yet the countless thrills he has provided throughout his magnificent four-year run have been second to none.

As White left the field, he took a well-deserved victory lap, shaking hands and waving farewell to a standing Milan Puskar Stadium crowd.



Sidney Glover

Defensively, safety Sidney Glover continued his strong season. Glover, a sophomore, mad a textbook strip of USF running back Mike Ford inside the five yardline as the Bulls were threatening to tie the game at seven in the first half.

Later in the half, Glover cut in front of USF wideout Taurus Johnson in the end zone to pick off quarterback Matt Grothe. Glover's second takeaway of the night gave the Mountaineers enough time to get kicker Pat McAfee into field goal range. McAfee's 45-yard field goal at the end of the first half gave West Virginia the lead for good.


GAME BALLS

  • Wide receiver Bradley Starks might not have shown up in the pass-catching column, but Starks made a huge play for the Mountaineers down the stretch to help preserve victory.

    At the conclusion of a short run by running back Noel Devine, USF defensive end George Selvie stripped the ball loose. After unraveling the massive pileup that ensued, Starks emerged sans a helmet, but with the football firmly in his possession.

  • Speaking of Devine, after sitting out the first quarter, the sophomore running back put together a quietly-effective night. Devine finished with 90 yards on 17 carries.

    WVU head coach Bill Stewart scoffed afterward at the notion that Devine and free safety Robert Sands sat the first quarter as any sort of punishment. According to the head coach, he was simply looking for some competition at both spots.

  • West Virginia accepted an invitation to the Meineke Car Care Bowl just moments after the win over USF. Executive Director Will Webb was on hand to personally extend the invitation to Stewart, WVU Director of Athletics Ed Pastilong and interim school president Dr. Peter McGrath.

    The Mountaineers will play an ACC opponent to be named tomorrow on December 27 at 1:00 PM in Charlotte. The ACC opponent is widely speculated to be North Carolina.


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