Pitt tailback LeSean McCoy and defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads have been honored by Rivals.com for their roles in the Panthers’ stunning 13-9 upset victory over West Virginia this past Saturday.
Rhoads was named Coordinator of the Week, while McCoy was honored as the National Freshman of the Week by Rivals.
McCoy outrushed the entire West Virginia team, finishing with 148 yards on 38 carries, despite being the focus of the Mountaineers’ defense. In the process, McCoy finished the season with a Big East freshman-record 1,328 yards rushing on 276 carries.
Rhoads oversaw a game plan for West Virginia that neutralized one of the nation’s most prolific offenses. The Mountaineers entered the contest averaging 41.6 points and 474.8 yards per game, but finished with just one touchdown and 183 total yards against the Panthers.
Pitt held West Virginia to 104 rushing yards, the Mountaineers’ lowest single-game rushing total since 2001 when the Panthers held them to that same total in a 23-17 victory. The Mountaineers’ total offense and point totals were their lowest since 2003.
Pitt ranks seventh nationally in total defense, allowing 297.67 yards per game. Pitt’s victory over West Virginia is being called the biggest upset win in the school’s 118 years of collegiate football. The Panthers, who entered the game as a four-touchdown underdog, not only defeated their most intense rival but also knocked the Mountaineers from a possible berth in the BCS title game.