WVU-Pitt Game Notes


Compiled by the WVU Sports Communications Office
November 28, 2008

PITTSBURGH – West Virginia post-game notes from Heinz Field following the Mountaineers’ 19-15 loss to Pitt Friday afternoon:

  • West Virginia game captains for the Pittsburgh game were Pat White, Pat McAfee, Mortty Ivy and Ryan Stanchek. Coach Bill Stewart selects game captains each week. Team captains will be elected at the end of the season.

  • Najee Goode (linebacker), Julian Miller (defensive lineman) and Sam Morrone (tight end) were first-time starters today for the Mountaineers. A total of 43 Mountaineers now have at least one game of starting experience. Tops on the list is Ryan Stanchek, who made his 45th consecutive start.

  • With his 45th consecutive start, Ryan Stanchek holds the second-most starts in school history. Dan Mozes is WVU’s all-time start leader with 49.

  • John Holmes’ forced fumble in the second quarter was the third of the season, the fifth of his career. Scooter Berry’s fumble recovery on the play was the third of the season, the sixth of his career.

  • Jock Sanders’ 29-yard rush in the second quarter was his longest of the season. Through 11 games, Sanders’ has 216 rush yards, third-most on the team.

  • Pat McAfee’s 20-yard second quarter field goal was his 12th of the season, the 53rd of his career.

  • Quinton Andrews’ second-quarter end zone interception was his first of the season, the seventh of his career. It was the Mountaineers’ 13th interception of the season, and fourth in the last two games.

  • Ricky Kovatch’s third-quarter 19-yard catch was his first career. He is the 13th Mountaineer to catch a pass this season.

  • Pat McAfee’s 26-yard field goal in the third quarter was his 13th of the season, the 54th of his career. The field goal moves McAfee into second place on the Mountaineers’ all-time field goals made list, passing Jay Taylor (53). Paul Woodside stands atop the list with 74.

  • Brandon Hogan and Zac Cooper combined for a three-yard sack on Bill Stull in the third quarter. The sack was both a season and career first for Hogan. Cooper’s season-sack total now stands at 1.5, while his career-sack total is four.

  • Pat White’s 54-yard touchdown was his BIG EAST-leading 99th career touchdown responsible for. It was the seventh-longest touchdown run of his career, and his second-longest this season.

  • With a third-quarter shutout of the Pitt offense, WVU has now just given up 14 points in the third quarter for the season. East Carolina and Louisville are the only teams to score in the third quarter against the Mountaineers this season.

  • Brandon Hogan’s fourth-quarter interception was his third of the season, the third of his career. Both of his previous INTs came in WVU’s 35-13 win at Connecticut. Hogan and Mortty Ivy each have a team best three INTs this season.

  • Pat McAfee’s 40-yard, fourth quarter field goal was his 14th of the season, 55th of his career. He now has 73 points on the season, the most on the team, and 370 for his career, also the highest active career total on the WVU roster. McAfee also is the program leader in kick scoring and non-kick scoring. He has more points than any position player in Mountaineer history.

  • West Virginia is 40-9 over the last 49 games; 21-6 in the BIG EAST in that span.

  • WVU is 32-8 with White as the starting quarterback.

  • WVU is 37-10 in BIG EAST games since 2002.

  • WVU is 48-3 since 2002 when winning the turnover battle.



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