Players of the Game

A pair of seniors were two of the all too few bright spots in West Virginia's48-22 loss to Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl.

On the offensive side, wide receiver Phil Braxton provided the Mountaineer passing game with the spark it has so desperately needed at times this year.

Braxton caught four passes for 108 yards, including a long completion of 43 where he outjumped Cavalier defender Wille Davis for a high pass from quarterback Rasheed Marshall.

Braxton added 12 yards on a pair of reverses and also totalled 93 yards on four kickoff returns.

David Upchurch
The Mountaineer defense didn't play with anything near their usual efficiency or enthusiasm, but senior defensive tackle David Upchurch did make a couple of big plays for the Mountaineers.

Despite being credited with only one tackle in the official postgame statistics, Upchurch stopped two Cavalier drives with third down tackles, and also was able to pressure Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub on a couple of occasions.

The pressures resulted in incomplete passes, as Schaub was forced to throw the ball away with Upchurch nipping at his heels.

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