Spotlight: West Virginia 28, East Carolina 7

By Starr, Rick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 23, 2007 | Go to article overview

Spotlight: West Virginia 28, East Carolina 7


Starr, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


LYONS' ROAR: Wes Lyons, a 6-foot-7 sophomore wide receiver from North Braddock, drew a roar from the Milan Puskar Stadium sellout crowd when he laid out East Carolina safety Leon Best with a jarring block late in the second quarter. "Wes probably had the big block of the day," Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez said. "It got everybody excited." The Woodland Hills graduate provided another key block on Darius Reynaud's 12-yard touchdown catch a few plays later.

LATE SCORE: West Virginia came within 59 seconds of posting its first shutout in 56 games, but East Carolina backup running back Chris Johnson dashed into the end zone on a 3-yard run against the second-team defense. "Oh, bad, man," cornerback Vaughn Rivers said. "We wanted that shutout bad. I've never played in a shutout before." The Mountaineers' last shutout came in 2002 against Rutgers, 40-0.

NO QB CONTROVERSY: West Virginia backup quarterback Jarrett Brown entered the game with just under two minutes to play in the first half, but it wasn't because of anything starter Pat White did wrong. White completed all but two of his 20 passes for the game and had a hand in four touchdowns. "Pat kind of banged his wrist," Rodriguez said. "Jarrett is good enough that you don't have to wait until the end of the game to roll him in there. …

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