Pastilong, Patrone Enter Hall of Fame

MORGANTOWN – A pair of Ohio Valley natives were among the seven newest members inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday morning.

Moundsville’s Ed Pastilong, a former Mountaineers quarterback and longtime athletics director, and Bellaire’s Lee Patrone, a three-year men’s basketball letterman (1959-61), were each inducted as part of the 2012 class, along with Katie Barnes, Dan Cavanaugh, Ben Dunkerley, Bo Orlando, and Maurice Robinson.

Pastilong served as WVU’s director of athletics from 1989-2010 and spent the last two years in an emeritus position.

He is credited for leading the department through unparallelled success across the board during a 21-year run that saw, among many other things, conference changes, facilities upgrades and capital improvements, and the institution of the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll.

He joined the department as football recruiting coordinator in 1976 and two years later became its scholarship officer.

Patrone, whose 1,842 career points were a Bellaire High record for 50 years until they were surpassed by Nate Davis, arrived at WVU in 1957 after a short stint at Ohio State – “nine days,” he said – and was a three-year member of a basketball team that featured Jerry West.

Patrone finished his Mountaineers career with 1,028 points and 210 assists before being drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the sixth round of the 1961 NBA Draft. He later taught and coached at Wintersville High school and currently resides in Florida.

Play of the Game

It was midway though the first quarter and West Virginia had already shown signs of an off day of offense, having marched 20 yards on its first drive before punting. Maryland had gotten 29 of that back before a blitzing Darwin Cook forced a fumble when Terps quarterback Perry Hills was looking to hand off – Cook timed it that well – and Doug Rigg scooped it up and took it 51 yards for a score.

It was a scene reminiscent of a similar play in the season opener when Rigg scooped but didn’t score, getting caught inside the 5.

This time, he kept going.

“Please don’t let me miss this,” Rigg thought as he saw the bouncing ball. “As soon as I got it, there was no way I was getting caught. I was thinking about Marshall. I didn’t want to turn around and look. I looked up at the Jumbo Tron, saw no one was around me. I was just relieved.”

It was West Virginia’s second defensive touchdown of the season.

“That’s the one thing Coach DeForest has been preaching since he got here,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “And that’s one of the reasons why he’s our defensive coordinator.”

It’s a great way to make up for what is guaranteed to be a season-long deficit in time of possession.

“If you look at the turnovers we’ve caused this year, we’ve got two touchdowns and set up another set up at the 3 or 4, so really we’ve either scored or created three scores on turnovers,” DeForest said. “And that’s huge in any game. But it was big in this game.”

It was the reverse of the big play in the Orange Bowl, where Rigg caused a fumble and Cook scored, famously knocking over a mascot in the process.

“Me and Doug Rigg called a truce, since he forced a turnover and I scored, and I forced a turnover and he scored,” Cook said. “I’m happy about that.”

It was Rigg’s second career fumble recovery and his first touchdown as a Mountaineer. He also finished with seven tackles.

Garrison Plays

Dustin Garrison, the Mountaineers leading rusher last season, saw his first action Saturday as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery, getting two carries. He had one for no gain in the first half and one for a yard in the second half.

“He was ready to play,” Holgorsen said. “He’ll keep getting better. That’s a hard thing to overcome mentally. Just him being out there is going to help him continue to be stronger and continue to improve.”

More Notes

Saturday’s victory was West Virginia’s first without scoring a rushing touchdown since it defeated South Florida, 26-0, on Oct. 14, 2010. Quarterback Geno Smith upped his school record to 68 touchdown passes, and he surpassed Marc Bulger on the school’s all-time pass attempts chart. He has 1,065 attempts.