MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Defensive end Bruce Irvin had two sacks in Saturday's 17-10 win at Louisville to become the first West Virginia player to reach double figures since Gary Stills had 10 in 1998.
"I've got chills running through my body," said Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound junior college transfer in his first season with the Mountaineers.
"It feels so good, but I know I'm blessed. It isn't just me. It's a lot of other people coming up. It's everybody. It isn't just me doing it. It's like everything else. It's about everyone contributing."
Irvin has been a specialist this season and played almost exclusively on third down. He played a number of second-down snaps against the Cardinals - and made one of his sacks on a second-down play - after WVU correctly predicted Louisville would pass a lot because the running game was going nowhere."It's pretty easy," Irvin said. "They can't drop back as fast as I can run forward."
Irvin is now one of six players nationally with at least 10 sacks. He ranks No. 5 nationally - behind Marshall's Vinny Curry - and leads the Big East with 1.0 sacks per game.
"I went over to him one time and said, 'Buddy, I just love watching you play,' " Coach Bill Stewart said. "I don't get a chance to watch a lot of guys during the game because there's so many, but every now and then I cut my eyes over and see him."
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LOUISVILLE MANAGED two rarities against WVU. In the second quarter, Cardinals punter Chris Philpott ran 21 yards for a first down on a fake punt. It was the first successful fake punt against WVU since Navy pulled it off in 1998.
Louisville Coach Charlie Strong said it was something the coaching staff saw on film and then installed and worked on during the week. Stewart said WVU had a player line up in the wrong position and the mistake caused Stewart to keep his defense on the field to cover punts the rest of the game.
Also in the second quarter, WVU quarterback Geno Smith was sacked at his 5-yard line when Louisville defensive end Rodney Gnat ran around left tackle Don Barclay. Smith fumbled and it was recovered in the end zone by linebacker Daniel Brown for the team's only touchdown.
The last time an opponent recovered or returned a fumble for a touchdown against WVU was USF's George Selvie in 2006.
Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen said WVU was giving right tackle Jeff Braun extra assistance on the play and that tactic left Barclay alone.