|WEST VIRGINIA vs. GEORGIA TECH|
West Virginia QB Pat White stole the show in the second half, directing the offense to an 18-point comeback without one of the Mountaineer's biggest threats -- running back Steve Slaton. White did a great job of making plays, and the offensive line did their job protecting him and opening up holes. White gives coach Rich Rodriguez another running back; he is explosive, very tough and can take on defenders. He carried this team on his back -- and his legs -- and proved he is the true MVP of this team.
Georgia Tech junior receiver Calvin Johnson had one of the best game of his career, thanks to the play of left-handed sophomore QB Taylor Bennett. Bennett, who was filling in for the suspended Reggie Ball, completed 19-of-29 passes (a better completion percentage than Ball) for 326 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. More importantly, Bennett was able to get Johnson involved early and often. This should have been happening in every game this season. It is mind-boggling that Johnson, who most likely will jump to the NFL next season, wasn't catching eight to 12 passes on average all season. -- Mel Kiper
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An injured Pat White willed West Virginia to a 38-35 win.
Down 35-17 and missing star running back Steve Slaton, no one would have faulted Pat White and West Virginia for quitting. But a third-quarter surge -- fueled by White's two touchdown passes and a run for another score -- helped the Mountaineers get past a tough Georgia Tech squad. Story
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