Compiled by Phil Caskey for MSNsportsNET.com
September 8, 2007
Today’s Mountaineer game captains are: senior quarterback Adam Bednarik, senior linebacker Andy Emery, senior defensive back Ridwan Malik and senior tight end Michael Villagrana.
||Steve Slaton ran for 146 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday against Marshall.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks
Coach Rich Rodriguez selects game captains each week. Team captains will be elected at the end of the regular season.
Left guard Eric Rodemoyer was the lone Mountaineer first-time starter against Marshall. Owen Schmitt made his first career start at tight end.
A total of 35 Mountaineers have now made at least one start during their career. Tops on that list are senior defensive lineman Keilen Dykes (33), senior safety Eric Wicks (27), junior offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek (23), senior wide receiver Darius Reynaud (22) and junior tailback Steve Slaton (22).
WVU’s First and Second Scores
Pat White’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Darius Reynaud in the first quarter was White’s third touchdown pass on the season. The pass tied for the eighth-longest of White’s career. It marked Reynaud’s first touchdown reception of the season and eighth of his career. The reception marked Reynaud’s third 20-yard play of the 2007 season.
White found Reynaud again on WVU’s opening drive of the second half with a 23-yard touchdown reception. That marked White’s 25th career touchdown pass and Reynaud’s ninth.
Career Day for Reynaud
Darius Reynaud caught a career-high eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns against Marshall. All three categories are career-bests. The yardage marked his second career 100-yard receiving game (110 vs. ECU/2006). His two TD receptions marked a career-high and equaled the amount of touchdown receptions he had all of the 2007 season.
Darius Raynaud is one of six (Chris Henry, Steve Slaton, Travis Garvin, Antonio Brown, Miquelle Henderson) different players to record a 100-yard receiving game under Rich Rodriguez. Raynaud's 126 yards against Marshall marked the 16th time a player has totaled a 100-yard receiving game under Rodriguez.
WVU has scored 110 points in the first two games of 2007 – the second most point total in WVU history to begin a season after two games. Only the 1919 Mountaineer team scored more points (116) after two games to start the year.
White’s Third Quarter Rushing TD
Patrick White’s third quarter 20-yard touchdown run marked the 28th of his career and third in the last two games. White has tallied at least one rushing touchdown in six consecutive days dating back to last year’s Cincinnati contest.
Key Third Quarter Turnover
Reed Williams tallied his fourth career forced fumble midway through the third quarter. Ryan Mundy recovered the fumble, his first as a Mountaineer.
Slaton’s TD Rushes
Steve Slaton’s two touchdown rushes in the contest marked his 37th and 38th career rushing touchdowns. He is now five career rushing touchdowns shy of breaking WVU’s career record of 42 shared by Ira Errett Rodgers (1915-19) and Avon Cobourne (1999-2002).
The touchdown rushes were his fourth and fifth of the season and marked the 12th time in his career he tallied two or more rushing touchdowns in a contest.
Slaton Tops 3K
With his 146 rushing yards against Marshall, Steve Slaton has now reached 3,000 career rushing yards, now showing 3,127 yards on 493 carries. He is just the third back in WVU history (Avon Cobourne/5,164) and Amos Zereoue (4,086) to record over 3,000 yards rushing.
White Reaches 200-yards of Total Offense
Patrick White recorded his 12th career 200-yard total offense game against Marshall. He passed for 149 yards and rushed for 126. His 274-yards of total offense marked the sixth-best total offense outing of his career.
White Rushes for 100
Patrick White recorded his 10th career 100-yard rushing game against Marshall. His career-best is 247 yards set against Syracuse set last season.
Slaton Reaches 100
Steve Slaton recorded his 17th career 100 yard rushing game in the Marshall win and second-consecutive to open the season.
Equally as Impressive
Patrick White and Steve Slaton each topped 100 yards rushing against Marshall, marking the seventh time that both White (125) and Slaton (146) reached the century mark. The last time it happened was at Pitt last year when White (220) and Slaton (215) became the third set of teammates in NCAA history to each rush for 200 yards in the same contest.
Indeed It’s Devine
True freshman running back Noel Devine tallied his second career touchdown in as many games when he scored on a 12-yard rush early in the fourth quarter. Devine notched his first career touchdown with WVU’s last score in the 62-24 season opening Western Michigan win.
He later had a 39 yard gain late in the fourth quarter which set up his second touchdown of the afternoon, a 10-yard scoring rush, and third in two games.
The Running Game
WVU notched five rushing touchdowns in the contest with the Herd, giving the Mountaineers 83 rushing touchdowns in its last 21 games (3.95 per contest).
In the contest, WVU improved to 14-1 when the Mountaineers compile 300 yards or more dating back to the start of the 2005 season.
500 Yards of Total Offense
WVU’s 511 yards of total offense against Marshall marked the 16th time during the Rich Rodriguez era that the Mountaineers tallied 500 total offensive yards or more in a contest. It was also the second in as many games.
30 is Enough
Dating back to 1980, WVU now holds a 127-7-1 record with scoring 30 or more in a contest. WVU is now 45-1 since 2000 when scoring 30 or more in a contest.
WVU now leads the all-time series with Marshall by a 7-0 count. WVU has now outscored the Thundering Herd 342-87 in the series, an average score of 48.9 to 12.4.