SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Rasheed Marshall passed for 271
yards and three touchdowns as West Virginia continued its
resurgence with a 34-23 Big East Conference victory over
Marshall, who completed 14-of-25 passes, threw TD strikes of 24
and 67 yards to Chris Henry in the fourth quarter, when the
Mountaineers pulled away.
West Virginia (7-4, 5-1) posted its sixth straight win following
a 1-4 start and remained tied with Miami and Pittsburgh atop
the Big East. But because of tiebreakers, the winner of next
week's game between Miami and Pittsburgh likely will decide the
Big East title and a BCS bowl berth that goes with it.
The Mountaineers snapped a 17-17 tie on Brad Cooper's 25-yard
field goal with eight minutes left in the third quarter. Henry's
first TD reception made it 27-17 with 9:25 remaining in the
Syracuse closed to 27-23 on R.J. Anderson's 67-yard TD pass to
Walter Reyes with 6:13 left. But Marshall and Henry hooked again
just 71 seconds to clinch the victory.
Quincy Wilson, who run for 208 yards and four TDs in last week's
52-31 win over Pittsburgh, rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries
against the Orangemen (5-5, 2-4) to increase his season total to
1,335 yards, which ranks fourth on West Virginia's all-time
Anderson completed 23-of-36 passes for 336 yards and two TDs for
Syracuse, which tied the contest, 17-17, on Collin Barber's
25-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the first half. Reyes
was held to 63 yards on 14 carries.
Syracuse needs to win one of its two remaining games against
Rutgers and Notre Dame to become bowl eligible.