Pitt sophomore tailback LeSean McCoy and fifth-year senior middle linebacker Scott McKillop swept the Big East’s offensive and defensive player of the week honors, respectively, for their performances in the Panthers’ 19-15 victory over West Virginia in the 101st Backyard Brawl on Friday at Heinz Field.
McCoy rushed for a career-high 183 yards and scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining. He accounted for 55 of Pitt’s 59 yards on the final scoring drive. McCoy leads the nation in scoring at 10.91 points per game and ranks eighth in rushing at 118.9 yards per game.
McKillop had seven tackles to lead a defense that held West Virginia’s rushing attack to 74 yards less than its season average. He had a pair of pivotal tackles in the fourth quarter, dropping quarterback Pat White for a 1-yard loss and stopping running back Noel Devine for no gain.
Pitt punter Dave Brytus drew honorable mention honors after booting four punts, including a 50-yarder, that were downed inside the 20-yard line. West Virginia kicker/punter Pat McAfee, a Plum graduate, also drew honorable mention honors after kicking three field goals (20, 26 and 40 yards) and averaging 47.6 yards on five punts.