Jones Shares Offensive Honors
The Beat
November 10, 2003

Providence, R.I. - Pittsburgh quarterback Rod Rutherford and Virginia Tech running back Kevin Jones have been named BIG EAST Offensive Players of the Week, the league announced. West Virginia free safety Brian King earned defensive honors, while the Mountaineers' Adam Jones was chosen as Special Teams Player of the Week.

Rutherford (Pittsburgh, Pa.) wins offensive honors for the second time this season after leading the Panthers to a 31-28 victory over Virginia Tech. The senior quarterback threw for 300 yards for the fourth straight game, completing 24-of-31 passes (77.4 percent) for 303 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for a score, adding 30 yards on the ground. On Pittsburgh's final drive, he completed three passes for 54 yards and had a 12-yard run to help set up the game-winning TD with 47 seconds remaining. Rutherford has thrown 27 touchdowns this year, tied for fourth in the nation. He is fifth nationally in pass efficiency with a 165.8 rating.

Jones (Chester, Pa.) broke a 25-year old school record for rushing yards in a game with 241 yards in Tech's loss at Pittsburgh. The junior running back averaged 8.0 yards on 30 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns. The rushing total was the sixth-best in BIG EAST history. Among his four scores was an 80-yard TD run, the longest rush from scrimmage in the conference this season. Jones leads the BIG EAST and is No. 7 in the nation with 122.7 rushing yards per game.

King (Damascus, Md.) garners defensive accolades for the second time in three weeks after West Virginia's 31-28 win at Boston College. The senior safety had two interceptions for 12 yards, the second time this year he has had two pickoffs in a game. He also recorded eight tackles (seven solo), with two pass break-ups. King has five interceptions in his last three games. He is the 16th player in WVU history to have at least five in a season and also has a school-record 46 pass deflections in his career.

Jones (College Park, Ga.) recorded the eventual game-winning touchdown in the Mountaineer victory. After BC had pulled to within seven points midway through the fourth quarter, the sophomore returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown for the final WVU points. Jones finished with three returns for 111 yards, a 37.0-yard average. It was the first Mountaineer kickoff return for a TD since 2001. Jones also scored on defense, posting a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown.