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WVU spotlight

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004

Best run: West Virginia opened the second quarter with a double-reverse to Adam "Pac-Man" Jones. Jones weaved his way through the Connecticut defense for the apparent score but was called back because of a hold

Best catch: West Virginia wide receiver Eddie Jackson made a leaping catch on a Rasheed Marshall pass at the Connecticut 1. The play covered 23 yards and set up the Mountaineers' first-quarter touchdown.

Double-whammy: During Jones' 51-yard touchdown run on the reverse, wide receiver Brandon Myles was called for a holding call. After Jones scored, he was flagged for celebrating his apparent touchdown. Instead of a second touchdown, the Mountaineers faced a second and 18 at the WVU 39.

Best throw: Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky zipped a 44-yard strike to wide receiver Jason Williams (McKeesport) for a first down to the West Virginia 6. The play set up a Connecticut field goal.

Long bomb: Quarterback Rasheed Marshall, who had three passes dropped, connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry in the third quarter. Henry dropped a possible touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Best hit: Connecticut defensive back Justin Perkins flipped West Virginia quarterback Rasheed Marshall during a run in the second quarter. Both players jumped up and exchanged words. Marshall gained 16 yards on the play.

Not too tricky: Connecticut tried a trick play on the first play of the game, but it didn't fool the West Virginia defense. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who handed off to running back Cornell Brockington, took a turn pitch from Brockington and was then sacked by West Virginia linebacker Scott Gyorko.

Faked out: West Virginia ran an option play with Jason Colson in the second quarter, and the play completely faked out the Connecticut defense. Quarterback Rasheed Marshall started left, then pitched to Colson, who rambled 48 yards to the Connecticut 16.

Best punt: Quarterback Rasheed Marshall punted during the third quarter, and the ball was downed at the Connecticut 2 by wide receiver Chris Henry. The punt traveled 34 yards.

Best bounce: West Virginia safety Mike Lorello intercepted a pass thrown by Connecticut quarterback Orlovsky and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The ball bounced off the right heal of wide receiver Keron Henry and into the hands of Lorello.

Bad hands: Connecticut kick returners Tyron Branch and Matt Lawrence had their problems catching kicks from West Virginia kicker Brad Cooper in the first half. Branch fumbled his two chances, and Lawrence dropped his only chance. Fortunately for the Huskies, they recovered all three fumbles.

Up next: West Virginia will host Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Connecticut will host Temple at noon Oct. 23.

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