West Virginia 27

(5-1, 3-0 away)

Rutgers 14

(3-2, 2-1 home)

12:00 PM ET, October 8, 2005

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
WVU 14 7 3 327
RUTG 0 7 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: A. Bednarik (WVU) - 78 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Slaton (WVU) - 25 CAR, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Harris (RUTG) - 4 REC, 53 YDS

Mountaineers get 11th straight win vs. Scarlet Knights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Steve Slaton ran for a career-high 139 yards and one touchdown to help West Virginia beat Rutgers 27-14 on Saturday.

Jason Gwaltney added 57 yards rushing for West Virginia (5-1, 2-0 Big East), which beat Rutgers (3-2, 1-1) for the 11th straight time.

West Virginia rushed for 236 yards against a depleted Rutgers defense, which was without three starters -- linebacker Terry Bynes, defensive back Jason Nugent and end Eric Foster.

Special teams and defense either scored or set up West Virginia's first three touchdowns as the Mountaineers took a 21-0 lead in a driving rainstorm.

The Mountaineers' first score came when Thandi Smith blocked Joe Radigan's punt and then recovered it at the 1-yard line and carried it into the end zone. Rutgers' next two possessions ended with turnovers that West Virginia converted into points.

Kevin McLee recovered a fumble by Ray Rice at the 28-yard line, and five plays later Slaton scored on an 11-yard run. On Rutgers' next series, Mike Lorello intercepted backup Mike Teel at the West Virginia 7-yard line. The Mountaineers responded with a 93-yard drive, capped by Adam Bednarik's 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Myles.

Teel, who came in for an ineffective Ryan Hart, led an 80-yard drive that Brian Leonard capped with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 21-7 at halftime. Leonard finished with 76 yards.

West Virginia added to the lead on its first possession of the third quarter, getting a 45-yard field goal from Pat McAfee. Hart returned in the second half, and the Knights responded with Leonard's 1-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 10 entering the final quarter.

With 9:16 remaining, West Virginia mounted on a 68-yard drive that consumed five minutes and resulted in a 35-yard field goal by McAfee. Teel entered on Rutgers' next possession, which ended with a game-sealing interception by Dee McCann with 2:07 remaining.

Hart finished 9-for-16 for 66 yards, while Teel was 9-for-15 for 105 yards and two interceptions. Bednarik, who played most of the game in West Virginia's rotating system, was 9-for-10 for 78 yards.