WVU Pair Honored By League

Yesterday, we highlighted their contributions to WVU's 28-24 win over Connecticut. Today, the Big East conference did the same.

Noel Devine ran for 178 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the Mountaineers' victory over the Huskies to earn the Big East's offensive player of the week award. The victory kept West Virginia unbeaten in Big East play. He had 171 rushing yards in the second half, including the deciding touchdown on a 56-yard run with 2:10 left in the fourth quarter. Devine registered his fifth 100-yard game of the season and enters this week's game at USF ranked third nationally at 130.3 yards per game.

For the season, Devine has 912 yards, and is averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He has scored ten touchdowns.

Tavon Austin returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to spark the Mountaineers and earn the league's special team's player of the week honor. He finished with 118 yards on two kickoff returns and became the first West Virginia player to score on a kickoff return since Darius Reynaud had a 96-yard TD against Maryland Sept. 14, 2006.

For the season, Austin has nine catches for 98 yards and a score, and has three carries for 13 yards from scrimmage. He has six kickoff returns this year, and is averaging 36.3 yards per runback.

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