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On a strong day overall from the WVU defense, a few Mountaineers also had some excellent individual performances.
Freshman safety Karl Joseph showed yet again that he is going to be a great defender for some time in Morgantown, netting a team-high eight solo tackles, one forced fumble (nearly two), a tackle for a loss and a pass breakup. No. 8 flies all around the field and brings a lot of energy to this defense.
Another freshman, Isaiah Bruce, had another solid game eating up nine tackles while also notching his first career interception. He has been WVU's leading tackler since netting 13 tackles in Week 1, and it doesn't look like he's willing let anyone catch him anytime soon.
WVU's sack leader, senior Josh Francis, also came through with another big game. These three have been arguably the most consistent performers for the Mountaineers on defense this season. Francis registered five tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and combined with Shaq Petteway for 1.5 sacks.
Petteway, along with a team-high 1.5 sacks, also recorded a team-high 10 total tackles. The sophomore also had a pass breakup—all of this without being listed on the starting lineup. He was solid on special teams last season and has been improving and earning more playing time in just about every game this season.
Though it won't show up on the stat sheet, the WVU defensive line had a solid game as well. Kyle Rose, Dozie Ezemma and the three starters were all solid in run defense and contributed to generate a lot of pressure on the TCU quarterback, making life easier on the WVU secondary.
Just like with the offense, it all starts up front—and WVU was solid up front on defense.