West Virginia's fans are used to seeing small running backs and receivers on the field, as the Mountaineer offense has featured several such players over the past few seasons. Thus, it isn't a surprise to them to see the mighty mites make big plays. Outside observers, however, are often surprised to see players the height of middle-schoolers making the biggest of plays for WVU.
That was again the case in Saturday's 28-24 win over the Huskies, as one player got the Mountaineers off to the best of all possible starts, while another dazzled in the second half with two monstrous runs.
Tavon Austin got the Mountaineers off to a flying start with a 98-yard return of the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown -- a boost that WVU sorely needed, as it didn't score again until less than a minute remained in the first half. In the second half, it was Noel Devine's turn, as he ripped off a 62-yard burst to put WVU in point blank scoring range at the one-yard line, then capped the comeback effort with a 56-yard scoring run in the final two minutes.
Devine and Austin discussed their plays and West Virginia's win with BlueGoldNews.com after the game.