Scores

Final

Mississippi St 13

(4-4, 2-2 away)

(9) West Virginia 38

(6-1, 3-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 0 7 6 013
#9WVU 28 3 0 738

Top Performers

Passing: P. White (WVU) - 61 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Slaton (WVU) - 23 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Reynaud (WVU) - 3 REC, 20 YDS, 2 TD

White, Slaton pace Mountaineers' trampling of Miss. State

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Pat White wasn't going to let a sore shoulder slow him down.

Coming off injuries in back-to-back games, White threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the first half, leading No. 9 West Virginia to a 38-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

Steve Slaton broke out of a two-game slump to rush for 127 yards and set a school record for rushing touchdowns for the Mountaineers (6-1), who scored on their first five possessions and weren't threatened.

West Virginia now enters the heart of its conference schedule with a showdown next Saturday at Rutgers.

Following an open week on the schedule and playing at home for the first time in a month, West Virginia put together its best first quarter of the season. After jumping ahead 31-0 early in the second, the Mountaineers managed just two first downs and no points on their next five possessions.

"We've got to learn to put someone away when we've got them down," said West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez.

Given multiple chances to close the gap, freshman Wesley Carroll could only temporarily rally Mississippi State (4-4), which lost to a ranked opponent for the fourth time this season.

After playing what Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom called one of its best games a week ago in a 33-21 loss to No. 20 Tennessee, the Bulldogs were limited to 12 first downs and 214 total yards against the Mountaineers.

"I know they have tremendous speed and at times, we couldn't match their speed," Croom said. "You can't let that team get that big a lead on you. We just dug ourselves too big of a hole."

White's playing status was in question after there were indications earlier in the week he wasn't recovered from a hit to his non-throwing (right) shoulder two weeks ago at Syracuse. He played in that game despite a bruised thigh from a loss to South Florida the week before.

White started against Mississippi State and the Bulldogs could barely touch him early.

On the first play from scrimmage, he faked a handoff to Slaton, darted up the middle and went 64 yards untouched for a touchdown, his longest run of the season and tied for the fourth longest of his career.

Scoring passes of 12 yards to Owen Schmitt and 10 yards to Darius Reynaud capped the next two possessions.

White sat out the second half, but Rodriguez said he could have kept playing. White finished with 89 rushing yards and completed 8 of 12 passes for 61 yards.

"We don't have anybody like Patrick White," Croom said. "We don't have one guy, a guy, the guy that can change the game by himself."

Slaton, who was fourth in last year's Heisman Trophy balloting, rebounded from a poor two-game stretch in which he was held under 70 yards. He scored his 43rd career rushing TD late in the first quarter, breaking the school record shared by Avon Cobourne and Ira Errett Rodgers.

"My numbers are not the same, but we are still winning," said Slaton, adding that the record was "very special."

"It has been there for a while, and hopefully mine can be here for a while," he said.

After Slaton scored from 26 yards out, his first touchdown in three games, Carroll fumbled the snap and West Virginia's Mortty Ivy took the fumble 45 yards for an apparent touchdown. But the Mountaineers were penalized for a block in the back and had to settle for Pat McAfee's 42-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter and a 31-0 lead.

West Virginia didn't score again until Jarrett Brown hit Reynaud with a 13-yard TD toss early in the fourth.

"We did talk (at halftime) about finishing the job and not giving a team hope," Rodriguez said. "I don't know how much hope we gave them. That's why I was pleased with Jarrett getting that one touchdown. That kind of quelches all your hope."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
WVU
1st Downs1217
Total Yards214346
Passing16984
Rushing45262
Penalties7-459-82
3rd Down Conversions8-196-16
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers31
Possession31:3028:30

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll18/351694.800
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
White8/12615.121

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon20613.119
Ducre7233.319
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaton231275.5126
White58917.8164

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burks6416.8013
Riley13030.0030
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Slaton4369.0014
Reynaud3206.7213

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTWVU
TD14:39Pat White 64 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 64 yds, :21
07
TD07:46Owen Schmitt 12 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 88 yds, 5:41
014
TD06:09Darius Reynaud 10 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 16 yds, 1:13
021
TD02:20Steve Slaton 26 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 48 yds, 1:37
028
SECOND QUARTERMSSTWVU
FG14:54Pat Mcafee 42 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 4 yds, 1:32
031
TD03:51Anthony Dixon 1 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:32
731
THIRD QUARTERMSSTWVU
TD09:50Christian Ducre 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
Drive: 13 plays, 58 yds, 5:10
1331
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTWVU
TD14:19Darius Reynaud 13 Yd Pass From Jarrett Brown (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 48 yds, 1:44
1338