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Charting The Seniors’ Final Home Game

November 26, 2011
By JIM ELLIOTT (elliott@theintelligencer.net) , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORGANTOWN - (A look at West Virginia's 22 seniors, who played their final game at Milan Puskar Stadium on Friday night in the Backyard Brawl, and the contributions they made during the game. During the last four seasons, the Mountaineers have won 35 games, at least one Big East Championship, have the potential for a fourth-straight season of at least nine victories, and will play in a fourth bowl game).

Soraya Aisien-Ogbebor (IR): Lagos, Nigeria native hasn't played a down in his Mountaineers career.

Don Barclay (OL): Was one of the team captains for the game. Was whistled for a false start in the first quarter and was part of an offensive line that rebounded in the second half and help pave the way for 115 rushing yards and gave up just one more sack after being held to minus-2 rushing yards and giving up three sacks in the first half.

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Bruce Irvin had a solid outing in his final performance at Milan Puskar Stadium on Friday.

Hunter Bittner (LB): High school teammate of slot receiver Tyler Urban did not play.

Brantwon Bowser (DB): Played, did not record a statistic.

Devon Brown (IR): Fifth-year transfer student who took advantage of a rare NCAA rule to join the Mountaineers after playing at Wake Forest took over the punt return duties after two fumbles by others on punts earlier in the game. Also caught one pass for 9 yards.

Josh Contraguerro (LB): Former two-time all-stater at Wheeling Central did not play.

Najee Goode (LB): Was a team captain for the game. Among his eight tackles were two sacks and three tackles for loss, totaling 16 yards. He recorded a sack on the next-to-last play of the game.

Bruce Irvin (DE): Played just two years in Morgantown after coming over from junior college where he was an All-American. Had a big sack among his seven tackles as Pitt was attempting to drive for a go-ahead score with a little under 3 minutes left in the game. Was one of three team captains for the game. He also forced a fumble on the last play of the game and finished with 1.5 sacks.

Ricky Kovatch (FB): Played but did not record a statistic.

Willie Millhouse (WR): Senior transfer from Duquesne has caught 10 passes for 149 yards in his only season at West Virginia. Did not catch a pass Friday.

Julian Miller (DL): Had a monster night on his birthday. Among his 12 tackles and four sacks of Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri was one at the Pitt 2-yard line and another on the Panthers' last-ditch attempt to finish off a game-winning drive. He's the Big East's active leader in career sacks (27.5) and tackles for loss (was 40.5). Was a team captain for the game. His four sacks tied a team record.

Cody Nutter (LS): Was a team captain. One of the few special teams players who played a flawless game, as the former Parkersburg South star was perfect on all of his snaps, both in the punt and kicking game.

Steve Paskorz (LB): Like Brown, a fifth-year transfer from Notre Dame under the same NCAA ruling, has made an appearance in a WVU uniform this season, but did not play against Pitt.

Tyler Rader (OL): Started at right guard.

Eain Smith (DB): Safety known for his big hits had three tackles.

Chad Snodgrass (OL): Played left guard.

Brad Starks (WR): Wideout was injured and spent the game on the sidelines with crutches.

Keith Tandy (DB): Was a team captain for the game. The Big East's active leader in career interceptions, Tandy didn't have any in the Brawl, but he did have five tackles.

Josh Taylor (DL): Had one tackle.

Casey Vance (LB): Had six tackles.

Tyler Urban (IR): Was a team captain for the game. Caught four passes for 41 yards, but coughed up a fumble with 11:15 left in the fourth quarter at the Pitt 41.

Coley White (IR): Brother of former superstar quarterback Pat White did not play and has no recordable statistics during his WVU career.