MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Jay Colson rushed for
104 yards and two touchdowns as West Virginia clinched a share
of the Big East Conference title with a 45-28 win over Temple.
West Virginia (8-4, 6-1) continued its remarkable turnaround by
winning its seventh straight game after a 1-4 start. The
Mountaineers are expected to receive a berth in the Gator Bowl
West Virginia will share the Big East title with either Miami or
Pittsburgh, who meet on Saturday night. But it is highly
unlikely that the Mountaineers will finish high enough in the
BCS standings to get the Big East's automatic bid.
Colson carried 28 times and scored on two-yard TD runs in the
first and third quarters. He received extra playing time on
Saturday in the absence of Quincy Wilson, who sat out the game
with a sore right ankle.
Colson's second touchdown run gave the Mountaineers a 28-7 lead.
Temple cut the lead to 38-28 on a three-yard touchdown run by
quarterback Walter Washington with 2:48 left, but the
Mountaineers answered 10 seconds later on a 46-yard touchdown
run by Kay-Jay Harris.
Washington ran for 117 yards but threw three interceptions for
Temple (1-11, 0-7), which ended the season with a seven-game