November 21, 2007

Good One, Patrick

MORGANTOWN-Being a kicker in football is often like being a pinch-hitter or a closer in baseball; the game evolves around you, then you're called upon in a key situation to make a play.

Junior punter/kicker Pat McAfee was head coach Rich Rodriguez's Mariano Rivera Saturday at Cincinnati, punting three times for 147 yards, most notably a 71-yard first quarter bomb from his own end zone that has garnered over 60% of the votes for the play of the game on the school's official athletics site.

And in a game decided by five points, that made all the difference.

"The only one I can remember [other than the 71-yard punt] was the one downed at the five [yard line later in the first quarter]," said McAfee Monday. "That one might have been even more important." That drive for Cincinnati ended in a fumble.

As for the 71-yard punt, he knows it could have gone even longer.

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