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WEST VIRGINIA 36, UCF 18

11/1/2003

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Quincy Wilson rushed for
135 yards as West Virginia pulled away from Central Florida in
the fourth quarter en route to a 36-18 victory, its 100th at
Mountaineer Field.

Wilson surpassed 100 yards in the first half as West Virginia
held a 12-3 lead. He had just 19 in the second half, but the
Mountaineers (4-4) clinched their third straight win with two
touchdowns in the first 5:10 of the fourth quarter.

Coming off an upset of No. 3 Virginia Tech 10 days ago, West
Virginia gained 303 yards on the ground but twice failed to
score inside the Central Florida 10 and led just 19-11 entering
the final 15 minutes.

UCF was held to just 44 yards on the ground but any hopes it had
of winning the game were ended early in the fourth as West
Virginia's Joe Hunter recovered a blocked punt in the end zone
and Chris Henry hauled in a 79-yard TD pass from backup Charles
Hales.

West Virginia stretched its lead to 19-3 less than five minutes
into the second half as Travis Garvin ran for an eight-yard
score. The drive took just four plays and was set up by Brian
King's 21-yard interception return.

But UCF (3-6) took advantage of a nine-yard punt to get in West
Virginia territory. Alex Haynes had a 10-yard TD run and Ryan
Schneider's successful two-point conversion pass to Darcy
Johnson cut the lead to 19-11 with 5:14 left in the third
quarter.

But just 80 seconds into the fourth quarter, West Virginia's
Jerry White blocked Mark Prater's punt at the UCF 7 and Hunter
recovered it in the end zone.

The Moutaineers improved to 100-44-4 at Mountaineer Field, which
opened in 1980. They recorded the win despite losing starting
quarterback Rasheed Marshall to a concussion in the second half.

Marshall went 8-of-15 for 73 yards and an interception, while
Hales was 2-of-2 for 88 yards and a score.

Schneider completed 27-of-44 passes for 253 yards and one
touchdown.

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