Posted by Tony Caridi on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 (8:20 am)
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With all precincts now reporting let’s break down the numbers from West Virginia’s dramatic victory over North Carolina in Charlotte.
It’s interesting that WVU scored 31 points to beat North Carolina and the Mountaineers’ number 31, Pat Lazear, made the victory-sealing interception.
The crowd of 73,712 at Bank of America Stadium was the largest crowd to watch West Virginia play this season.
The Mountaineers had two turnovers against North Carolina which equaled their season high. WVU didn’t have more than two turnovers in any game this season, which is very impressive and the reason why it was among the nation’s best in turnover margin. West Virginia’s defense forced 13 turnovers in the final four games.
Southeastern Conference officials worked two West Virginia games this season (Auburn and North Carolina) and the Mountaineers were assessed exactly two penalties. Big East Conference officials are, in the words of Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, over officious. Big East official’s coordinator Terry McAulay would be well served to have his crews follow the SEC’s more conservative philosophy.
WVU’s defense blanked North Carolina on its last five possessions. The Tar Heels punted, punted, fumbled, punted, and were intercepted.
Boogie Allen led the Mountaineers with seven tackles against North Carolina. That’s the most tackles for Allen since the opener against Villanova.
Nate Sowers was second on the tackle list with a career high five stops.
The total number of punt return yards for West Virginia and North Carolina combined in Saturday’s game was zero.
The Mountaineers will return nine of the team’s top 10 tacklers next season. Senior Mortty Ivy led WVU in stops with 90.
True freshman Robert Sands completed his first season with 33 tackles and one forced fumble. That forced fumble just happened to give WVU the ball for its game winning score against the Tar Heels.
Pat White was responsible for 104 touchdowns in his record setting career - 57 passing and 47 rushing. White finished his career with an amazing average of 6.5 yards per carry.