7:30 PM ET, December 3, 2005
Raymond James Stadium, TAMPA, FL
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Pat White ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night, leading West Virginia to a 28-13 victory over South Florida in the 12th-ranked Mountaineers' final tuneup for a Bowl Championship Series appearance.
Nine days after running for 220 yards against Pittsburgh to break the Big East rushing record for a quarterback, White was just as impressive in helping the conference champions finish unbeaten in league play for the first time since 1993.
The redshirt freshman scored on second-half runs of 65 and 76 yards and finished with his fourth game with at least 100 yards rushing. He also completed 5 of 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Mountaineers amassed 394 yards of total offense -- 305 of that on the ground.
The victory was the sixth straight for West Virginia (10-1, 7-0) and gave the Mountaineers at least 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1993 and just the fifth time in school history.
The dominating performance dispelled any notion that the Mountaineers lacked motivation to win their regular-season finale after wrapping up the Big East title and the league's automatic BCS berth when USF (6-5, 4-3) lost at Connecticut last week.
Despite finishing with a two-game losing streak, USF still expects to receive its first invitation to play in a bowl game.
The Bulls were eliminated from contention for the conference title and the league's spot in the BCS when they lost at UConn, however representatives of the Meineke Car Care Bowl and Motor City Bowl remained interested in the nation's newest Division I-A program.
West Virginia set the tone by driving 66 yards on 12 rushing plays to take a 7-0 lead on Slaton's 16th touchdown (14th rushing) in the freshman's last six games.
White put the Mountaineers up 14-3 with a 7-yard TD pass to Darius Reynaud, then answered a South Florida field goal with his 65-yard run on West Virginia's first offensive play of the third quarter. His 76-yarder made it 28-6 early in the fourth quarter.
USF had lots of success moving the ball against the Big East's top-ranked defense. However, the Bulls stalled both times they drove inside the West Virginia 5 and settled for two short field goals by Kyle Bronson.
The Bulls finally got in the end zone with 1:20 left in the game, scoring on an 11-yard run by backup quarterback Carlton Hill.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... ... West Virginia' Pat White ran 76 yards for his second TD of the night to give the Mountaineers a 28-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Gameball goes to... White. The WVU quarterback ran for 177 yards and 2 TDs and was 5-for-10 for 89 yards and another TD through the air.
Stat of the game... 1993: The last time West Virginia had a 10 wins in a season. Also the last time the Mountaineers finished unbeaten in conference play.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-11||9-19|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||2-5|
|TD||9:27||STEVE SLATON 1 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yards.
|FG||12:51||KYLE BRONSON 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||2:15||DARIUS REYNAUD 7 YD PASS FROM PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 33 yards.
|FG||11:05||KYLE BRONSON 19 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||10:54||PAT WHITE 65 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||10:53||PAT WHITE 76 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:20||CARLTON HILL 11 YD RUN (KYLE BRONSON KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 40 yards.