Scores

Final

Louisville 31

(5-5, 2-3 away)

(6) West Virginia 38

(8-1, 4-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN

7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2007

Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 0 14 7 1031
#6WVU 14 7 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: B. Brohm (LOU) - 345 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: P. White (WVU) - 24 CAR, 147 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Reynaud (WVU) - 6 REC, 79 YDS, 2 TD

White's late breakaway TD clinches Mountaineers' victory

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia quarterback Pat White's third fumble late in the game helped Louisville erase a 17-point deficit. His final carry kept the sixth-ranked Mountaineers in the thick of the Big East title race.

White scored on a 50-yard run with 1:36 remaining and threw two touchdown passes to help West Virginia beat Louisville 38-31 on Thursday night.

Brian Brohm led Louisville's comeback from a 31-14 deficit midway through the third quarter, with the Cardinals tying it on Art Carmody's 37-yard field goal with 3:05 left.

White then went back to pass, found no one open and capped the 65-yard drive with his scoring run up the left sideline.

"They had everything covered in the passing game. That gave me a seam and the offense line did a good job of cutting the big boys down," White said. "It was great blocking downfield and I got into the end zone."

White finished with 24 carries for 147 yards and threw for 181 more in his third straight stellar game against the Cardinals.

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said he held his breath on White's final run, hoping for a tackle that never came.

"That's one of the things that's so tough about this offense they run is the fact that their quarterback is such a dynamic player," Kragthorpe said. "That's one of the dimensions that he brings to the game."

Brohm threw a desperation pass that Antonio Lewis intercepted at the West Virginia 7 as time ran out.

The sloppy win allowed West Virginia (8-1, 3-1) to remain on Connecticut's heels for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series with three games left, including a key matchup next week at Cincinnati.

Louisville (5-5, 2-3) was eliminated from the conference title chase. The Cardinals need a win either at South Florida or at home against Rutgers to become bowl eligible for a 10th straight season.

Brohm broke his own Big East record with his seventh 300-yard passing game of the season. He was 27-of-46 for 345 yards, but was intercepted twice and sacked four times.

"When you play aggressive and throw the ball down the field, that's the kind of stuff that's going to happen," Brohm said.

The teams combined for seven turnovers. Louisville held the nation's third-best rushing attack to 216 yards and leading rusher Steve Slaton had just 60 yards on 17 carries, his second-lowest total of the season.

White and Slaton fumbled the ball away a combined three times in the second half to help Louisville get back into the game and the Mountaineers, the least penalized team in the Big East, were flagged 11 times for 116 yards.

"I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We certainly made enough mistakes today to last a full season, but we hung in there."

White fumbled on West Virginia's first possession of the third quarter, but Brohm was hit going back to pass by John Holmes. Eric Wicks scooped up the ball and ran 44 yards for a TD to give the Mountaineers a 31-14 lead.

After Slaton's fumble gave Louisville the ball at the West Virginia 46 late in the third quarter, a pass interference call on Ryan Mundy gave Louisville the ball at the 2. Brock Bolen scored from there to pull Louisville to 31-21.

A pass interference call on Ellis Lankster gave Louisville a first down at the West Virginia 12, and Brohm found Mario Urrutia in the end zone on the next play over an outstretched Lankster to bring the Cardinals to 31-28 with 10:32 left.

They were the first points given up by West Virginia's defense in the fourth quarter in five games.

Louisville got the ball back after another fumble by White, and penalties against West Virginia on consecutive plays put Louisville in field goal range for Carmody's tying kick.

Rodriguez called White's number on every play in the winning drive. White completed both passes and ran twice for 59 yards.

"That just shows what kind of player he is," Louisville tackle Earl Heyman said. "Man, he's fast."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
WVU
1st Downs2419
Total Yards382397
Passing345181
Rushing37216
Penalties6-4711-116
3rd Down Conversions3-135-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers43
Possession28:3331:27

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brohm27/463457.522
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
White16/251817.220

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stripling12231.906
Bolen4133.317
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
White241476.1150
Slaton17603.5113

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stripling810513.1044
Douglas79814.0023
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reynaud67913.2232
Sanders23216.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUWVU
TD03:18Darius Reynaud 7 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 56 yds, 2:46
07
TD01:22Darius Reynaud 9 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 25 yds, :51
014
SECOND QUARTERLOUWVU
TD12:52Gary Barnidge 16 Yd Pass From Brian Brohm (Arthur Carmody Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 75 yds, 3:30
714
TD07:04Steve Slaton 1 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:48
721
TD01:48Brian Brohm 1 Yd Run (Arthur Carmody Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 59 yds, :28
1421
THIRD QUARTERLOUWVU
FG12:14Pat Mcafee 28 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 34 yds, 2:46
1424
TD06:54Eric Wicks 44 Yd Fumble Return (Pat Mcafee Kick) 1431
TD00:56Brock Bolen 2 Yd Run (Arthur Carmody Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 4:07
2131
FOURTH QUARTERLOUWVU
TD10:32Mario Urrutia 12 Yd Pass From Brian Brohm (Arthur Carmody Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 67 yds, 1:13
2831
FG03:05Arthur Carmody 37 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 42 yds, 2:15
3131
TD01:36Pat White 50 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 65 yds, 1:29
3138