Running back Noel Devine got WVU's offense off to a good start with a shifty 65-yard touchdown run on the team's second offensive possession, but that just seemed to prime the Mountaineer defense for a great effort. Following Devine's run, West Virginia's defense shut down the offense until the late going of the scrimmage, when the offense managed a couple of field goals and a pair of scores while starting from the nine-yard line.
Devine's run may have served as a bit of a spark for the blue-clad defense, which clogged running lanes and harassed Mountaineer quarterbacks Jarrett Brown and Coley White throughout the afternoon. The leader in that effort was will linebacker J.T. Thomas, who had multiple sacks and an interception to show for his afternoon's work.
In this interview, Thomas discloses the reason for Devine's run, and discusses the extra intensity involved in red zone work.