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October 20, 2006

No. 4 West Virginia cruises past UConn

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Pat White ran for 102 yards and a touchdown and threw a scoring pass and Steve Slaton added 128 yards rushing to help No. 4 West Virginia extend its winning streak to 14 with a 37-11 win over Connecticut on Friday night.

White led the Mountaineers (7-0, 2-0 Big East) on two one-play drives, running 45 yards for a touchdown in the first half, and throwing a 52-yard scoring pass to Rayshawn Bolden in the third quarter.

White, who had 15 carries, was 9-of-14 for 156 yards, with one interception.

Slaton scored on a 56-yard run with 5:26 left.

Pat McAfee added three field goals, including a career-long 48-yarder.

UConn (3-4, 0-2), which started six freshmen, including three on the offensive line, trailed 6-3 midway through the second quarter.

But a holding penalty and a 30-yard punt into a stiff wind gave West Virginia the ball on the UConn 45. On the next play, White kept the ball on an option and sprinted up the middle of the field for a touchdown.

He had a 30-yard scamper on the Mountaineers' next drive, which went 74 yards in 11 plays. Owen Schmitt ran the ball in from a yard out with 20 seconds left in the half to give the Mountaineers a 20-3 lead.

Connecticut quarter back Matt Bonislawski completed eight of 20 passes for 58 yards and an interception.

He was replaced late in the third quarter by sophomore D.J. Hernandez, who scored the Huskies' touchdown on a 5-yard run with 7:22 left in the game. Terry Caulley ran for the two-point conversion.

Caulley, who came into the game averaging 98 yards per game on the ground, ran for 35 yards on 13 carries.

Tony Ciaravino, the third kicker the Huskies have used this season, hit a 29-yard field goal to tie it 3-3. That score capped a 15-play, 60-yard drives that used up 5:46 in the first.

Ciaravino replaced Graig Vicidomino, who missed three field goals last week in a 21-7 win over Army. Vicidomino had replaced Matt Nuzie midway through the Huskies' Oct. 7 loss at South Florida, after Nuzie missed a short field goal and an extra point.

UConn had never hosted a top-10 team before, and was a 22-point underdog to the Mountaineers, who have won nine straight away from Morgantown.

For more coverage of the West Virgnia Mountaineers, check out WVSports.com; for more coverage of the UConn Huskies, check out UConnReport.com.



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