October 11, 2008

Devine's 92-yard score begs for more

MORGANTOWN--If it is possible to quietly rush for 87 yards in a half, West Virginia tailback Noel Devine pulled it off against Syracuse. At halftime, Devine had a 23-yard gain and 7.9 yards per carry to his name, but had yet to place his imprint on the game. That changed late in the fourth quarter.

Clinging to a 10-6 lead with 4:31 to play, the WVU offense was faced with a crucial third-and-seven from its own 8-yard line. Without a first down, Mountaineer punter Pat McAfee would have been forced to punt from his own end zone, setting up the underdog Orange with exceptional field position and the chance for a game-winning drive.

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