The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

January 3, 2010

WVU season had its moments

MORGANTOWN — If it wasn’t a memorable year, this football season that died an ugly death in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, it was a year of memories for West Virginia University.

They won nine games, which by itself is good, but when you throw in a thrilling victory over Pittsburgh accomplished on the final play of the game by a field goal you have something special.

There were flashes of greatness, mixed in with moments of despair. There were senior moments and freshmen mistakes, reasons to smile and, yes, the sad, sad incident that dominated the Connecticut game played in the wake of the death of the Huskies’ Jasper Howard.

It was a year when the Mountaineers four-Bowl winning streak ended in a game of great national significance, a celebration of former WVU coach Bobby Bowden’s career, that concluded with Florida State’s victory over West Virginia, the 389th victory of his career.

Here then is one person’s collage of what the 2009 football season was all about:

Most Valuable Players

1. Noel Devine, RB … Rushed for 1,465 yards, fourth highest in WVU history … 13 TDs … Four rushes of 70 or more yards, five of 60 or more … WVU bowl record run of 70 yards against Florida State.

2. Jock Sanders, SB … Caught 72 passes, fourth highest total in school history … Rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown … Ran back 17 punts for an 8.6 average … Caught pass in every game, has 28-game streak.

3. Reed Williams, MLB … Senior leader of the defense … Played through pain in shoulder, resulting from surgery that forced him to redshirt last year … Had huge game in Gator Bowl with 9.5 tackles, giving him 68 for the year.

4. Jarrett Brown, QB … Season had inglorious end as he sprained ankle being sacked on his last pass attempt as a Mountaineer … Completed 187 of 296 passes for 2,144 yards … Second all-time in completion percentage to Pat White.

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