By Colin Dunlap | 1:28 p.m. Monday
For their efforts in a 19-16 win against rival Pitt on Friday, two West Virginia players -- kicker Tyler Bitancurt and safety Robert Sands -- received Big East player of the week honors today.
Bitancurt, a redshirt freshman, was named the conference special teams player of the week. He kicked four field goals, including the game-winner from 43 yards as time expired against Pitt. Bitancurt scored 13 of the Mountaineers' 19 points, including three field goals in the second half. In addition to the game-winner, he connected from 20, 43 and 39 yards.
Sands, a sophomore, earned defensive player of the week honors. He had seven tackles, three pass breakups and a pivotal fourth-quarter interception that allowed West Virginia to take a two-possession lead on the ensuing possession. Sands leads the Big East with five interceptions and 13 passes defended this season.