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O’Toole More Than a Mustache, Strong in WVU Debut

O’Toole should be named game MVP. He turned the field a number of times.
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It turns out Nick O’Toole is more than just a mustache with a mug shot.

The sophomore punter made a name for himself in West Virginia’s fan base before he ever set foot on the field just because his photo for the program showed off some fine facial hair. On Saturday, he displayed a fine leg to go with it.

Among head coach Dana Holgorsen’s first comments following the 24-17 win over William and Mary was a “shout out” to his punter. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson later said, “Thank God for Nick O’Toole.”

It isn’t often that a punter is counted among the heroes of a game, and especially not one in which an FBS team is up against one from the FCS, where there typically isn’t as much punting from the favored squad.

No, this was different. With an offense struggling to maintain possessions and a defense taking a half of football to play the way it wanted, the punter became a key part of what was ultimately a seven-point victory. He averaged 50.6 yards on five punts.

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