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Football: BIG EAST Award Winners


By Julie Brown for WVUsports.com
September 19, 2011 12:22 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Junior quarterback Geno Smith has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, junior kicker Tyler Bitancurt has been named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week and junior safety Terence Garvin has been named to the Weekly Honor Roll for their performances against Maryland on Saturday afternoon.

Smith set a school record by completing 36 passes on 49 attempts for 388 yards — all career highs — to lead West Virginia to a 37-31 win at Maryland. He registered his second 300-yard game of the season and the fourth of his career, and saw three separate receivers finish with at least 100 yards for the first time in school history.

Bitancurt scored 13 points, making field goals of 21, 34 and 35 yards and going 4-for-4 on PATs, in West Virginia’s 37-31 win. He leads all BIG EAST players in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game, and ranks fifth on West Virginia’s career scoring chart (186 points).

Garvin had nine tackles, an assisted tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win.

This week, No. 16 WVU will host No. 2 LSU at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., ET. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.



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