Mountaineers Brawl their way to 17-6 victory over Pitt The Gold and Blue Nation Podcast

West Virginia's win in the Backyard Brawl wasn't exactly pretty, but it was definitely gritty. It was that grit that led to a 17-6 victory over the Panthers in the first showdown between the two teams in Morgantown since 2011. 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU players on both sides of the ball made timely impact plays in their 17-6 win over Pitt Saturday. Some were individuals that have flashed already this season, while others stepped up for the first time this fall.

Gold and Blue Nation will reveal the Elite Player of the Week, presented by Elite Roofing and Construction, this Saturday on Mountaineer GameDay. which will be partly decided with the help of our viewers through a fan vote.

Cast your vote for your favorite player of the week in the embedded poll. Voting ends Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

This week’s nominees are listed below:

QB Nicco Marchiol

In true backup quarterback fashion, redshirt freshman quarterback Nicco Marchiol was thrust into the spotlight following starting quarterback Garrett Greene’s first quarter injury.

Marchiol managed the game well, completing 6-of-9 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown pass.

He became the fifth first-or-second-year WVU quarterback to beat Pitt since 1994, joining a short list that includes Rasheed Marshall, Pat White, Geno Smith and Chad Johnston/

RB CJ Donaldson

For the second year in a row, sophomore running back CJ Donaldson rushed for over 100 yards against Pitt. Saturday, he recorded 18 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown.

He became the first player to rush for 100 or more yards in back-to-back years of the Backyard Brawl game since Pitt’s LeSean McCoy in 2007 and 08.

CB Beanie Bishop Jr.

Minnesota transfer cornerback Beanie Bishop Jr. snagged his second interception in as many games.

Bishop’s seven tackles (five solo) were tied for the second-most on the team Saturday.

S Aubrey Burks

Safety Aubrey Burks also intercepted Pitt’s Phil Jurkovec, and he nearly scored on the ensuing 26-yard return. Burks also tallied 0.5 tackles for loss.