12:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008
MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM, MORGANTOWN, WV
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pat White threw two touchdown passes and moved into second place on the NCAA's career rushing list for quarterbacks, leading West Virginia to a 24-17 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
But White was injured for the second straight week, leaving the game late in the third quarter after being tackled on a 10-yard run. Coach Bill Stewart said afterward that White was hit in the head and could have returned to the game but remained on the sideline as a precaution.
White rushed for 59 yards to move past Indiana's Antwaan Randle El, who ran for 3,895 yards from 1998-2001. White has 3,934 career yards and is 356 yards away from breaking former Missouri star Brad Smith's mark set from 2002-05.
West Virginia got its first Big East win but will be without starting middle linebacker Reed Williams the rest of the year.
Stewart announced after the game that Williams has decided to shut it down and apply for a medical redshirt. He played in two games after offseason surgeries on both his shoulders and had been playing through immense pain.
Williams was the defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma and West Virginia's leading returning tackler from a year ago.
With Major Harris and other members of the 1988 West Virginia team that finished undefeated in the regular season on hand, the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-0 Big East) improved to 16-0 at home against Rutgers (1-4, 0-1).
The last time Rutgers came to Morgantown, Mike Teel's 2-point conversion pass in triple overtime was broken up and the Scarlet Knights lost 41-39.
Teel got another chance Saturday, throwing for one score and running for another to rally Rutgers from a 17-3 deficit.
Plagued by overthrows and dropped passes, Teel was sharp on a 58-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter, going 5-for-8 for 49 yards, including a 14-yard TD to Tim Brown.
The Scarlet Knights took over with 1:54 left at the West Virginia 45 after Mountaineers backup quarterback Jarrett Brown was stopped on fourth-and-inches. But Teel overthrew one receiver and Mason Robinson dropped Teel's next attempt. On fourth-and-5, Teel's pass was broken up by Scooter Berry and West Virginia survived.
Teel finished 14-for-32 for 170 yards. Kenny Britt caught 12 passes for 151 yards.
A long punt return by Ellis Lankster in the first quarter set up White's 26-yard scoring pass over the middle to tight end Tyler Urban, a freshman who made his first career catch.
Late in the second quarter, White threw a screen pass to Jock Sanders, who made several nice moves to get into the end zone for a 14-yard score and a 17-3 lead.
West Virginia has given up several long kickoff returns this season, so Stewart decided to keep the ensuing kickoff on the ground, but it backfired. Rutgers took over on its 44, Teel threw three completions to the West Virginia 5 and he finished the drive with his first career rushing TD. That ended the Mountaineers' streak of not allowing a touchdown at eight quarters.
Zac Cooper went 18 yards on a fake punt to the Rutgers 27 midway through the third quarter. Brown converted a pair of third down runs on the drive and scored from 1 yard for a 24-10 lead.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||8-16|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-2|
|TD||05:45||Tyler Urban 25 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick)||0||7|
|FG||09:06||Pat Mcafee 40 Yd||0||10|
|FG||04:28||San San Te 23 Yd||3||10|
|TD||00:57||Jock Sanders 14 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick)||3||17|
|TD||00:20||Mike Teel 5 Yd Run (San San Te Kick)||10||17|
|TD||04:05||Jarrett Brown 1 Yd Run (Pat Mcafee Kick)||10||24|
|TD||06:23||Tim Brown 14 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick)||17||24|