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White, Slaton lead West Virginia over overmatched UConn


Pat White ran for 102 yards and a touchdown and threw a scoring pass and Steve Slaton added 128 yards rushing to help No. 4 West Virginia extend its winning streak to 14 with a 37-11 win over Connecticut on Friday night.

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

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 one from a career-long 48-yards.

UConn (3-4, 0-2), which started six freshmen, including three holding down the offensive line, trailed only 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.

He 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.

Connecticut quarterback Matt Bonislawski completed eight of 20 passes for 58 yards and one interception.

He was replaced late in the third quarter by sophomore D.J. Hernandez, who scored the Huskies' touchdown on a 5-yard run with 7:22 left in the game. Terry Caulley ran for the two-point conversion.

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