West Liberty University kicker Josh Wilson was honored Monday as the Mountain East Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
Wilson, a 5-11, 195-pound senior from Martins Ferry, Ohio who played his high school ball at Wheeling Central Catholic, kicked a 43-yard field goal in the second overtime period on Saturday to lift the Hilltoppers to a wild 27-24 win at Glenville State.
The winning kick capped an improbable comeback for West Liberty, which trailed 24-14 with just over 2 minutes left in regulation.
Wilson started the rally with a 31-yard field at 2:05 of the fourth quarter to pull the Black and Golf within a touchdown at 24-17.
The West Liberty kicker then sent the game into overtime with a successful PAT conversion following a 46-yard touchdown pass on the final play of regulation.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that West Liberty has had the MEC’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Sophomore kick returner Anton McCallum won the honor in Week One after scoring on a 93-yard kickoff return against Shepherd.
Notre Dame (Ohio) quarterback Ray Russ and Shepherd defensive end Shaniel Jenkins collected the MEC’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week Awards.
The Hilltoppers return home to host West Virginia State on Saturday in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at West Family Stadium.