West Virginia 35

(7-3, 2-2 away)

Louisville 21

(5-6, 4-4 home)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

1 2 3 4 T
WVU 7 0 21 735
LOU 7 0 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: P. White (WVU) - 122 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: P. White (WVU) - 21 CAR, 200 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Chichester (LOU) - 5 REC, 64 YDS, 1 TD

White sets NCAA QB rushing mark with 4,292 career yds; WVU tops Louisville

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It may have been the first time in his career Pat White took the easy way out.

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With 200 yards on the ground against Louisville on Saturday, WVU's Pat Smith broke the NCAA record for most career rushing yards by a quarterback. He now leads the way with 4,292.

Most Career Rush Yds By QB
Player School Rush Yards
Pat White WVU 4,292
Brad Smith Mizzou 4,289
Antwaan Randle El Indiana 3,895
Josh Cribbs Kent St. 3,670

Then again, the way the West Virginia quarterback has helped carry the Mountaineers the last four years, maybe he deserved the break.

White broke the NCAA record for career yards rushing by a quarterback in leading the Mountaineers to a 35-21 victory over Louisville on Saturday. The senior ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns to give him 4,292 yards for his career, breaking the record of 4,289 set by former Missouri quarterback Brad Smith from 2002-05.

While many of White's yards have been spectacular, the run that broke the record wasn't exactly highlight worthy. Leading by 14 late in the fourth quarter, White took the snap and ran to his left, getting the 4 yards necessary to set the mark before uncharacteristically sliding to safety.

Not that White is concerned with style points.

"When I'm done, I'll sit down and think about it, reflect on it," White said. "Right now I'm just thinking about the next two."

Noel Devine added 154 yards rushing for West Virginia (7-3, 4-1 Big East), which ran for 376 yards while averaging nearly 10 yards a carry to send Louisville (5-6, 1-5) to its fourth straight loss.

The rushing mark wasn't the only record White took down against the Cardinals. He added two passing touchdowns to bring his career total for touchdowns accounted for to 98, eclipsing the Big East record of 96 held by former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb.

"I ran No. 5, put the ball in his hands," West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said. "He's the greatest young man. You witnessed something we may never see again."

West Virginia kept its hopes for a second straight Big East crown alive thanks mostly to White, who had touchdown runs of 66, 43 and 7 yards against a team that has never figured out a way to slow him down.

"We had him dead-to-rights a couple of times and he gets away," said Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe. "We knew coming into the game we had to stop Pat, but we didn't do that."

Not too many teams have over the last four seasons, particularly the Cardinals. White has 1,115 yards of total offense -- 541 rushing, 574 passing -- in four starts against Louisville and accounted for 12 touchdowns.

"I guess I've been pretty successful against them, I've been fortunate," White said.

The Cardinals, not so much.

Louisville's Hunter Cantwell threw for 276 yards with a touchdown but also had three interceptions. Brock Bolen ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in his final home game and the Cardinals put up 474 yards of total offense. But Louisville was undone by five turnovers and will need to win its season finale at Rutgers on Dec. 4 to avoid its first losing season since 1997.

"The margin for error when you're playing good teams like West Virginia is very, very small, so you've got to make sure you're capitalizing on every situation and we're not doing that," Kragthorpe said.

The Mountaineers-Cardinals matchup had become one of the Big East's best since Louisville joined the conference in 2005.

Not this time.

The Mountaineers scored 14 points in less than two minutes early in the second half to take control. White hit Dorrell Jalloh on a 28-yard score to put the Mountaineers up 14-7.

West Virginia's Ellis Lankster stripped Louisville wide receiver Chris Vaughn three plays later and the Mountaineers recovered at the Louisville 43. It took White 28 seconds to put the Mountaineers up two scores as he raced around left end 43 yards for a touchdown.

The score tied McNabb's mark for career touchdowns accounted for. White didn't waste a lot of time breaking it, scoring on a nifty 7-yard touchdown run that put the Mountaineers up 28-14 with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter.

"We got off to a sluggish first half, like we have in the past," White said. "The second half, I think we played pretty well."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1626
Total Yards498474
3rd Down Conversions4-114-15
4th Down Conversions0-12-4

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Scoring Summary

TD01:53Bilal Powell 1 Yd Run (Tim Dougherty Kick) 07
TD00:09Pat White 66 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick) 77
TD13:09Dorrell Jalloh 28 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick) 147
TD11:28Pat White 43 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick) 217
TD05:44Brock Bolen 5 Yd Run (Tim Dougherty Kick) 2114
TD02:23Pat White 7 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick) 2814
TD08:51Jock Sanders 25 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick) 3514
TD05:56Josh Chichester 17 Yd Pass From Hunter Cantwell (Tim Dougherty Kick) 3521