Devine rushes for 2 TDs, W.Va. beats Marshall 24-7Oct 17, 2009 - 11:33 PM By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.(AP) -- Noel Devine rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns, freshman Geno Smith threw a scoring pass after Jarrett Brown went down early with an injury and West Virginia beat Marshall 24-7 Saturday.
West Virginia (5-1) overcame its first halftime deficit of the season to improve to 9-0 against Marshall (4-3) in the series between the state's only Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
Brown took a helmet-to-helmet hit on West Virginia's first series and did not return. Coach Bill Stewart said afterward he didn't know the extent of Brown's injury.
With former standout Pat White watching from the sidelines, Smith completed 15 of 21 passes for 147 yards in the first extensive play of his young career.
Devine outdueled Marshall's Darius Marshall in a matchup between two of the nation's top three rushers, although both players struggled to find running room on a cold and wet afternoon. Devine was held 23 yards below his third-best average. Marshall, whose 146-yard average ranked second to Fresno State's Ryan Mathews's 148, was limited to 82 yards.
After West Virginia was limited to two first downs and 84 yards of offense in the first half, its defense came up big, holding an opponent scoreless after halftime for the second time this season.
West Virginia's first 17 points came off of Marshall mistakes.
Brandon Hogan, who also had a fumble recovery, intercepted Brian Anderson just before halftime that led to a field goal.
A short punt put West Virginia at the Marshall 46 on its first series of the third quarter. Smith's 14-yard pass to Jock Sanders on fourth down kept the drive going and Devine finished it with a 14-yard run for a 10-7 lead.
Linebacker Reed Williams stripped the ball from Marshall tight end Cody Slate on the first play of the fourth quarter and J.T. Thomas recovered at the West Virginia 27. Smith took the Mountaineers down the field in five plays, including his 33-yard scoring toss to Alric Arnett in the back of the end zone.
Devine capped the scoring with a 9-yard run.
After Brown fumbled on the hard hit that took him out of the game, Marshall went 64 yards for its only score. A 15-yard facemask penalty on West Virginia kept the drive alive and Anderson capped it with a 12-yard scramble on third down for his first rushing TD of the season. He completed 17 of 35 passes for 149 yards and was intercepted twice.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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MARSHALL 7 0 0 0 7
WESTVIR 0 3 7 14 24 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: MARSHALL - TD, BRIAN ANDERSON 12 YD RUN
(CRAIG RATANAMORN KICK),
9:40. MARSHALL 7-0
2ND QUARTER: WEST VIRGI - FG, TYLER BITANCURT 32 YD, 14:17.
3RD QUARTER: WEST VIRGI - TD,
Oct 17 6:47 PM
WESTVIR 24 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Oct 17 6:47 PM
WESTVIR 24 3:43 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Marshall 7, West Virginia 24 4th - 3:43Oct 17 6:33 PM
WESTVIR 17 12:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Marshall 7, West Virginia 17 4th - 12:30Oct 17 6:08 PM
WESTVIR 10 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Oct 17 6:00 PM
WESTVIR 10 10:49 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Marshall 7, West Virginia 10 3rd - 10:49Oct 17 5:32 PM
WESTVIR 3 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Oct 17 5:01 PM
WESTVIR 3 0:43 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Marshall 7, West Virginia 3 2nd - 0:43Oct 17 4:58 PM
WESTVIR 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Oct 17 4:14 PM
WESTVIR 0 5:20 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Marshall 7, West Virginia 0 1st - 5:20Oct 17 3:57 PM
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