Brawl Honors
Robert Sands
Robert Sands

Posted Nov 30, 2009


West Virginia's 19-16 win over Pitt in the Backyard Brawl landed three Mountaineers on the Big East awards list for the weekend.

Robert Sands was the catalyst on a West Virginia defense that limited ninth-ranked Pittsburgh to a season-low 16 points, helping him earn the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week honors. Sands had seven tackles, three pass breakups and a pivotal fourth-quarter interception that allowed West Virginia to take a two-possession lead on the ensuing possession. Sands leads the Big East with five interceptions and 13 passes defended this season.

Placekicker Tyler Bitancurt was the obvious choice for the league's Special Teams Player of the Week, as he booted four field goals, including the game-winner from 43 yards as time expired, to give the win. Bitancurt scored 13 of the Mountaineers’ 19 points, including three field goals in the second half. In addition to the game-winner, Bitancurt was successful from 20, 43 and 39 yards.

Noel Devine's 134 rushing yards earned him a spot on the league's honor roll. His 88-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave West Virginia a 13-6 lead.


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