Badger Nation Stars of the Game: West Virginia

Badger Nation awards its five stars of the game for the 34-17 victory over West Virginia.

1) Brooks Bollinger – If the rumblings that Bollinger shouldn't be the starting quarterback aren't put out to pasture after this performance, it's safe to say they might never go away. Bollinger had a spectacular peformance, completing 14-of-20 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. And once again, Bollinger did not throw an interception. He took advantage of tremendous blocking from the offensive line to find his wide receivers, and consistently made good decisions.

2) Brandon Williams – Last week was Jonathan Orr's breakout game. This week was Brandon Williams' turn. Williams joked with Orr on the sidelines during the third quarter that he was going to break the freshman receiving game record he set at UNLV last week. But the true freshman came up 25 yards short. Williams was able to find some gaping holes in the Mountaineer secondary, and made some great catches to rack up 125 yards on six catches.

3) Jim Leonhard – Leonhard is no longer handling kick returns (Jonathan Orr and Jerone Pettus were the two returners this afternoon) but his aggressive approach to punt returns made a huge difference in UW's field position. He had 98 yards on seven returns, and again came a step away from breaking one all the way on a couple of occasions. Defensively, Leonhard didn't have an interception for the first time in three games but delivered a great overall performance. He led the team with seven tackles (along with Erasmus James), along with a team-leading two passes broken up.

4) Jonathan Orr – Orr had another great game, like Williams finding the gaping holes in West Virginia's secondary and making them pay. Orr caught a break on his first touchdown (replays showed his foot was out of bounds) but there was no dispute on a 43-yard bomb from Bollinger in which Tony Paciotti was also wide open in the same area. Orr finished with five catches for 94 yards, including the two touchdowns.

5) Jake Sprague – Sprague is beginning to show everybody what he is capable of, becoming a consistent pass rush threat, while plugging the inside when needed. Sprague did a great job chasing around quarterback Rasheed Marshall. While he was credited with just one sack and one tackle-for-loss, Sprague forced Marshall into some poor throws and bad decisions.

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