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W. VIRGINIA, 45, UCONN 13

West Virginia overpowers UConn

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pat White ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in his first start, leading No. 18 West Virginia to a 45-13 win over Connecticut last night.

First-place West Virginia (7-1, 4-0 Big East) showed no signs of sluggishness from an 18-day layoff.

The Mountaineers built a 35-3 halftime lead, getting a pair of touchdowns following turnovers. The defense limited UConn (4-4, 1-3) to 12 rushing yards and 129 overall, the fewest allowed by West Virginia in three seasons.

UConn had one of Division 1-A's top defenses statistically, but four of its opponents have a combined record of 3-29.

The nation's ninth-best rushing attack used a rotation of backs to compile 228 yards against the Huskies.

White, a redshirt freshman starting for the injured Adam Bednarik, frustrated UConn with his legs and his arm. He ran for 63 yards on 12 carries and finished 7 of 16 passing for 106 yards with an interception.

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