Compiled by WVU Sports Communications
October 11, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Postgame notes following West Virginia’s 17-6 victory over Syracuse Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium:
Noel Devine's 92-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted West Virginia to a 17-6 victory over Syracuse. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
Game captains for West Virginia in today’s game were Ellis Lankster, Dorrell Jalloh, Stephen Maw and Chris Glenn. Coach Bill Stewart selects game captains each week. Team captains will be selected at the end of the season.
There were no first-time starters today for West Virginia against Syracuse. Quarterback Jarrett Brown, starting for the injured Pat White, made his first start since the Rutgers game two years ago in Morgantown. A total of 37 West Virginia players have at least one game of starting experience. Tops on that list are Ryan Stanchek (40), Pat White (35), Greg Isdaner (31) and Jake Figner (31). White had his streak of 19 consecutive starts stopped today.
Syracuse’s field goal to start the scoring marked the first time WVU has not scored first in a home game this season.
Jarrett Brown’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Jock Sanders was the first touchdown pass of the season for Brown and fifth of his career. The touchdown was the fifth receiving score of the season for Sanders. All of Sanders’ touchdown receptions have been at home this season.
Nate Sowers’ interception in the third quarter was the first of his career.
With a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, Pat McAfee passed Steve Slaton for the all-time scoring record by a Mountaineer player. McAfee entered the game with 329 points and tied Slaton on an extra point early in the game. McAfee then broke the record in the fourth quarter.
With the field goal, McAfee tied Art Carmody of Louisville for BIG EAST career field goals made Carmody and McAfee have 48 career field goals made.
Noel Devine’s 92-yard touchdown run was the second-longest rushing touchdown in WVU and Milan Puskar Stadium history, second only to Pat Randolph’s 96-yard scoring run against Northern Illinois in 1986.
Devine’s 92-yard rush was the longest of his career. His previous long run was last season against Maryland (76 yards).
Devine had a career-high 188 yards on 18 carries and surpassed the 100-yard mark for the third time this year and the sixth time in his career.
West Virginia’s victory over Syracuse was the seventh straight dating back to back to 2002.