November 30, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia football players Robert Sands and Tyler Bitancurt were honored by the Big East for their performances in WVU's 19-16 win over Pitt last Friday evening.
Sands was tabbed as the conference's defensive player of the week for his efforts in limiting the ninth-ranked Panthers to a season-low 16 points. Sands 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.
The Carol City, Fla., native also shows 45 tackles and eight pass breakups.
Bitancurt, a Springfield, Va., native, was chosen as the Big East Special Teams Player of the Week after 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, Bitancurt was successful from 20, 43 and 39 yards.
For the season, Bitancurt is 12 of 13 on field goals, with a long of 45 yards. He is averaging 1.09 field goals per game.
Tailback Noel Devine made the conference's weekly honor roll after tallying 134 yards on 17 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown run. The Fort Myers, Fla., native was only the second ball-carrier to amass over 100 yards against Pitt this season.