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WVU 19, Pitt 16 -- a deeper look

Written by Colin Dunlap on .

 

By Colin Dunlap | 2:25 a.m. Saturday

OK, first, here is all the coverage the Post-Gazette provided from the game.

          > Paul Zeise's game story

          > Ron Cook's column

          > My story on Bill Stewart's decision to kick field goals

          > Backyard Brawl notebook

          > Box score

Now that you have all that in one tidy, little list, onto some observations.

Something that cannot go overlooked is the play of West Virginia safety Robert Sands in this game. Honestly, even with Noel Devine and Dion Lewis having nice rushing games, even with Jonathan Baldwin catching a bunch of balls and a deep touchdown and, obviously, even with WVU kicker Tyler Bitancurt knocking through the game-winner (his fourth of the night), I thought Sands was, far and away, the best player on the field.

In my opinion, Sands was the reason Dorin Dickerson can no longer realistically talk about the Mackey Award, as Sands played tough on the very-talented Pitt tight end all night, limiting Dickerson to two catches for 12 yards.

Another thing for Pitt, quarterback Bill Stull picked a bad night to have a bad game. He went 16 for 30 with two key interceptions and didn't catch any sort of continuity all night.

Lastly, people talked and talked and talked about the Pitt defensive line all week (and all season, pretty much). And, rightly so. Those guys are studs. But I think that many people saw how good West Virginia's front can bNoel Devine's 88-yard third-quarter touchdown was his longest of the season, second longest of his career; it was the Mountaineers' longest play from scrimmage this year. He now has 11 TDs on the year. Additionally, it was his 21st career-rushing touchdown, moving him into a tie with Undra Johnson for eighth place on WVU's all-time list. e when they play well. Those guys were tough and never really let Pitt's offensive line get the type of surge that I anticipated.

OK, onto some quick notes:

  • Twenty-three seniors were honored prior to the game: Franchot Allen, Max Anderson, Alric Arnett, Payton Brooks, Jarrett Brown, Selvish Capers, Carmen Connolly, Zac Cooper, Jack Crow, Guesly Dervil, Zach Flynt, Ovid Goulbourne, Scott Kozlowski, Josh Lider, Scott Loving, Wes Lyons, Trevor Mathews, Mike Poitier, Kent Richardson, Nate Sowers, Jon Walko, Reed Williams and Anthony Wood.

  • Pitt's 3 first-half points were the second-fewest allowed at the half by the WVU defense this season.

  • Tyler Bitancurt recorded field goals of 20, 43, 39 and 43 yards, the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th of his career. The 43 yarders were the second longest of his career; he previously hit a 45-yard field goal in the Liberty win.

  •  Noel Devine's 88-yard third-quarter touchdown was his longest of the season, second longest of his career; it was the Mountaineers' longest play from scrimmage this year. He now has 11 TDs on the year. Additionally, it was his 21st career-rushing touchdown, moving him into a tie with Undra Johnson for eighth place on WVU's all-time list.

  • Noel Devine finished the game with 134 yards, his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season, and 14th of his career. His season rushing yard total stands at 1,230, the fourth-best season total for a WVU junior.

  • With the win, quarterback Jarrett Brown improves to 10-3 as the Mountaineer starter.

     

 

 

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