NEW YORK - Terence Garvin had an absolutely monster game against Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday at snowy Yankee Stadium.
If only anyone else on West Virginia's defense had helped him out.
Garvin, one of 20 Mountaineer seniors who played their final game, had 15 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, broke up a pass and both forced and recovered a fumble.
Still, West Virginia managed to give up 511 yards, allowed Syracuse to run 90 plays and the Orange controlled the clock in the Mountaineers' 38-14 loss.
That team performance was something West Virginia's defense never expected to happen against the Orange, who ran for a staggering 369 yards.
"Honestly, I thought we'd be able to stop them from running the football,'' said new WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson. "And I am really going to have to go back and look at the film to figure out how they did it.''
Well, Patterson actually knows how they did it. He just doesn't understand how his defense had as many breakdowns as it did. Syracuse didn't do anything complicated or anything the Mountaineers didn't expect. They just did it better than WVU defended it.
"No one ran it on us all year. I thought these guys were good, but we had done a good job against the run and they didn't do anything we didn't expect. They just ran split zone,'' Patterson said. "We had some key breakdowns at times.''
Just for the record, here are a handful of, well, records that West Virginia players set with their final-game performances. It's certainly not a complete list.