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White, Slaton power West Virginia's romp

Sep 2, 2007 - 1:31 AM MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Western Michigan knew what was coming but was powerless to stop it.

Heisman Trophy hopefuls Pat White and Steve Slaton had a hand in the first seven touchdowns to power third-ranked West Virginia to a 62-24 rout of Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

As sophomores, Slaton and White paced the Mountaineers to the nation's second-ranked rushing game, combining for 235 yards a game. The juniors picked right up where they left off against the Broncos, who opened against a ranked opponent for the fifth time in program history.

White threw two touchdown passes - one to Slaton - and ran for a pair of bursts of 38 and 22 yards. Slaton ran for three scores and hauled in a 50-yard scoring pass from White as West Virginia (1-0) improved to 36-6 in its last 42 regular-season games.

After being held to 20 yards on nine carries in the opening half, Slaton finished with 109 on 16 carries, registering his 16th 100-yard effort as West Virginia put up its second-highest point total under seventh-year coach Rich Rodriguez.

"They were playing cover zero in the first half, bringing everybody up to the line," Rodriguez said. "We get a little stubborn sometimes and we actually probably should have thrown more passes early. We managed some screens and some swing passes and got loose a little bit."

White completed 10-of-18 for 192 yards and two TDs and rushed for 97 yards on nine carries. He threw first-quarter touchdown passes of 19 yards to Dorrell Jalloh and 50 to Slaton for a 14-6 lead.

In his last eight games, White has 16 rushing TDs.

West Virginia extended the margin to 28-6 on a 38-yard scoring run by White and a one-yard TD plunge by Slaton, but the Broncos seemed to take some momentum into the locker room by scoring with 17 seconds left in the half.

Quarterback Tim Hiller capped a 14-play, 74-yard drive with a two-yard run and passed to Branden Ledbetter for the conversion, cutting the deficit to 28-14.

The momentum was short-lived, as Slaton burst up the middle for a 58-yard run to make it 35-14. That gave Slaton 36 rushing TD in his last 21 games.

After Jeff Reed picked off Hiller for his second interception of the game, White swept around the left side for 22 yards two plays later to push the lead to 42-14 with 8:39 left in the third.

Hiller finished 16-of-25 for 160 yards and two interceptions, but was replaced after the second interception by Thomas Peregrin, who wound up 9-for-17 for 71 yards and one TD.

Backup running backs Jarrett Brown and true freshman Noel Devine tacked on fourth-quarter touchdowns. The highly touted Devine rushed for 44 yards on seven carries.

"It was nice to get those guys their first taste of college football," Rodriguez said. "They were wide-eyed but they were really excited, and I think it really meant a lot to them that most of the crowd stayed until the end."

Wide receiver Jamarko Simmons was one of the bright spots for Western Michigan (0-1), hauling in 14 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6 8 7 3 24
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 14 14 21 13 62 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WEST VIRGINIA - TD, DORRELL JALLOH 19 YD PASS FROM
    PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK),
    5:25. WEST VIRGINIA 7-0
    WESTRN MICHIGAN - TD, JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS
    FROM HERB MARTIN (PAT FAILED),
    10:48. WEST VIRGINIA

    Sep 1 7:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    NOEL DEVINE 8 YD RUN
    (PAT FAILED)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 24
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 62 1:24 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 6:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG WESTRN MICHIGAN
    MIKE JONES 34 YD
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 24
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 56 4:26 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 6:46 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    JARRETT BROWN 20 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 21
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 56 8:39 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 6:34 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6 8 7 21
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 14 14 21 49 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WEST VIRGINIA - TD, DORRELL JALLOH 19 YD PASS FROM
    PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK),
    5:25. WEST VIRGINIA 7-0
    WESTRN MICHIGAN - TD, JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS
    FROM HERB MARTIN (PAT FAILED),
    10:48

    Sep 1 6:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    STEVE SLATON 1 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 21
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 49 1:59 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 6:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WESTRN MICHIGAN
    JAMARKO SIMMONS 6 YD PASS FROM THOMAS PEREGRIN
    (MIKE JONES KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 21
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 42 5:14 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 6:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    PAT WHITE 22 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 42 8:39 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 5:54 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    STEVE SLATON 58 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 35 9:54 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 5:46 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6 8 14
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 14 14 28 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WEST VIRGINIA - TD, DORRELL JALLOH 19 YD PASS FROM
    PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK),
    5:25. WEST VIRGINIA 7-0
    WESTRN MICHIGAN - TD, JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS
    FROM HERB MARTIN (PAT FAILED),
    10:48. WEST V

    Sep 1 5:10 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6 8 14
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 14 14 28 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WEST VIRGINIA - TD, DORRELL JALLOH 19 YD PASS FROM
    PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK),
    5:25. WEST VIRGINIA 7-0
    WESTRN MICHIGAN - TD, JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS
    FROM HERB MARTIN (PAT FAILED),
    10:48. WEST V

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 5:10 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    STEVE SLATON 1 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 28 4:46 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 4:48 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    PAT WHITE 38 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 21 14:01 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 4:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    PAT WHITE 38 YD RUN
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 7 14:01 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 4:30 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6 6
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WEST VIRGINIA - TD, DORRELL JALLOH 19 YD PASS FROM
    PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK),
    5:25. WEST VIRGINIA 7-0
    WESTRN MICHIGAN - TD, JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS
    FROM HERB MARTIN (PAT FAILED),
    10:48

    Sep 1 4:21 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WEST VIRGINIA
    STEVE SLATON 50 YD PASS FROM PAT WHITE
    (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 14 2:38 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 4:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WESTRN MICHIGAN
    JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS FROM HERB MARTIN
    (PAT FAILED)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 6
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 7 4:12 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 4:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0
    WEST VIRGINIA (3) 7 9:35 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan vs. West Virginia(3)Sep 1 3:50 PM
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