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No. 4 Mountaineers run wild, rout UConn, 37-11

October 21, 2006

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— Pat White and the West Virginia Moutaineers ran past Connecticut to push their winning streak to 14 games.

White ran for 102 yards and a touchdown and threw a scoring pass, and Steve Slaton rushed for 128 yards rushing to help No. 4 West Virginia beat Connecticut, 37-11, in the Mountaineers' final tuneup before their showdown with sixth-ranked Louisville.

White led West Virginia (7-0, 2-0 Big East) on two one-play drives, running 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and throwing a 52-yard scoring pass to Rayshawn Bolden in the third.

White, who had 15 carries, was 9-of-14 for 156 yards, with one interception.

Slaton scored on a 56-yard run with 5:26 left.

Pat McAfee added three field goals, including a career-long 48-yarder, as West Virginia tied Ohio State for the longest winning streak in the nation.

"It's hard to win that many games," West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I've not mentioned the winning streak. I said to the guys, 'You ought to be proud. You have the longest winning streak in the history of the school."'

UConn (3-4, 0-2), which started six freshmen, including three on the offensive line, trailed 6-3 midway through the second quarter.

But a holding penalty and a 30-yard punt into a stiff wind gave West Virginia the ball on the UConn 45. On the next play, White kept the ball on an option and sprinted up the middle of the field for a touchdown.

"We lost the battle of field position," UConn coach Randy Edsall said. "We were giving them the short field, and when you give a team like that the short field, you make it very difficult on yourself."

White had a 30-yard scamper on the Mountaineers' next drive, which went 74 yards in 11 plays. Owen Schmitt ran the ball in from a yard out with 20 seconds left in the half to give the Mountaineers a 20-3 lead.

"We finally got it going toward the end of the first half," White said.

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