Seniors Play Their Last Home Game
MORGANTOWN – Saturday was Senior Day at Mountaineer Field, the latest in a long line of senior classes to have experienced all kinds of success on the football field. Here’s a look at what each member of the class did during his final home game.
J.T. Thomas: When he was introduced, he was wearing his father’s old WVU jersey, No. 41. After he switched back to No. 30, he started his 38th straight game and forced a fumble, recovered it, and raced 12 yards to the Rutgers 9, setting up the first of three touchdown runs by Ryan Clarke. Finished with seven tackles.
Chris Neild: All-league nose tackle started his 39th career game, but an injury kept him from going too far. He was not credited with any type of statistic, but numbers never quantify Neild’s work.
Anthony Leonard: Had four tackles, including a solo, and one for a short loss.
Noel Devine: Banged up for much of the season, Devine carried the ball 13 times for 31 yards, caught a pass for minus-2 yards and returned one kickoff for 10 yards. Was also flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty.
Gregg Pugnetti: Punter who waited for years for his turn had only one official punt for 45 yards, but he also drew a roughing the punter penalty that extended a drive and helped set up a touchdown run by Clarke.
Jock Sanders: WVU’s all-time leading pass-catcher extended his consecutive games with a receptions streak to 40, tying Khory Ivy for first on WVU’s list and moving into second place on the Big East’s all-time list in that category. Finished with six catches – giving him 201 for his Mountaineers career – for 81 yards. He also returned a punt 7 yards and a kickoff for 24. He finished with 118 all-purpose yards, pushing his career total to 3,238 – 10th best all-time at WVU.
Jeremy Kash: Holder on five extra points and a field-goal attempt that was blocked.
Larry Ford: Played but did not record a statistic.
Eric Jobe: Started on a offensive line that paved the way 523 total yards (195 rushing, 352 passing). Had a 5-yard false start penalty.
Pat Lazear: Banged up for most of the season, Lazear had four tackles in his final home game.
Scooter Berry: Made his team-leading 40th career start. Had three tackles, including a sack for a loss of 3.
Matt Timmerman: Did not start, but played on an offensive line that paved the way 523 total yards (195 rushing, 352 passing). Was not penalized.
Derek Knight: Did not play.
Sidney Glover: Had a team-best eight tackles, including 1.5 for a loss.
Will Johnson: Johnson caught a third-down pass for 37 yards.
Trippe Hale: Had two special teams tackles.
Brandon Hogan: All-Big East-caliber corner was injured and left the game, but not before he returned a punt for 18 yards and made one tackle. Head coach Bill Stewart did not know Hogan’s status following the game.
Bobby Weston: Weston’s story came about only this week, as the red-shirt senior, who had never played a down in a WVU uniform but had been a scout team member for years, finally had a moment in the spotlight to tell his story. He did not see game action.
Eddie Davis: Earned his first career start and returned one kickoff for 17 yards.