PoG: WVU - Auburn

While the Mountaineers left Jordan-Hare Stadium disappointed after letting an early 14 point lead slip away, there were a few noteworthy performances in the loss.


Noel Devine. The running back largely befuddled a defense supposedly filled with much-ballyhooed "SEC speed" for the second consecutive season.

Devine pulled away from the pack for a 71-yard touchdown run in the opening five minutes to give his team a 14-0 lead. He showed impressive balance on the play, keeping his feet under him despite several desparate attempts at ankle tackles from Auburn players.

He continued to have a solid game for the duration and wound up with 134 yards on only 15 carries for a staggering average of 8.5 yards per carry.

The shifty runner was so impressive that Bill Stewart confessed in postgame interviews that perhaps Devine should have gotten a few more carries.

He also factored into the passing attack, running for 17 yards on a shovel pass from Jarrett Brown and getting credited for nine more yards on a later reception that was partially called back on a penalty.


Sidney Glover. The safety did all he could to limit Auburn's offense, which ultimately rolled up 400 yards in the game.

Sidney Glover

Glover tied for second on the team with six total tackles, all of which were solo efforts. He earned one sack and had two tackles for loss, forcing AU to march 14 yards backwards.

In his first start of the season, the safety made a nice tackle in the flat on a pass to Eric Smith in the fourth quarter. Smith appeared to have a lane down the sidelines before Glover closed and made a solid play, swinging his arm to cut out the fullback's legs.

Glover's solid play be a sign that he is truly back to full speed after being held out of the line-up in the season-opener against Liberty and not earning a start last weekend against East Carolina.


  • Josh Taylor. In his first career start, the former walk-on performed admirably as he replaced the injured Scooter Berry.

    Taylor earned a sack on his only tackle of the game and was part of a front three that managed to get pressure on Auburn QB Chris Todd quite often early in the game.

    "This was my first start, so there were some nerves," Taylor said. "But after the first play, they went away. I settled down and did what I had to do."

  • Jock Sanders. The slot receiver finally went over the century mark after coming close in the first two games of the season.

    Sanders caught 12 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. He had a 31-yard reception on a trick play, in which Bradley Starks received a lateral from Jarrett Brown and found Sanders streaking down the opposite sideline wide open.

    He also scored early on a six-yard grab that gave WVU a 21-10 lead.

  • Kickoff coverage unit. The much-maligned unit performed admirably against the Tigers, only allowing an average of 17 yards per attempt on their six kickoffs.

    Unlike the ECU game, that didn't mean WVU was simply pooch kicking and yielding field position to avoid risking a long return. Auburn's drives that started after receiving kickoffs began at their own 27, 34, 26, 31, 14, and 24-yard lines.

    Credit placekicker Josh Lider for booting the ball with reasonable power, hang time and accuracy and the coverage unit for getting down field quickly and adequately busting the wedge for the improvement.

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