West Virginia needs late score to lead at half

November, 7, 2009
11/07/09
1:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It took 29 minutes, but West Virginia's offense finally got on the board.

A touchdown pass to Jock Sanders with 35 seconds to go gave the Mountaineers a 7-6 lead at the half. Louisville had just kicked a field goal on the previous possession after -- in typical Cardinals fashion -- moving itself out of better scoring position with a dumb penalty.

The Cards came back after Sanders' score to drive for another field goal, though. Chris Philpott replaced Ryan Payne on field goal duties and has done a nice job.

I didn't think Louisville's defense could contain West Virginia's speed, but so far I've been wrong. The Cardinals have played very well and have limited the Mountaineers' big plays, especially in the running game.

Noel Devine turned his ankle late in the half but was able to come back in.

The crowd in Morgantown sounds like a library. West Virginia does not look like a Big East title contender right now.

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