Temple 28

(1-11, 1-6 away)

(24) West Virginia 45

(8-4, 5-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 29, 2003

Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV

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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 against Maryland.

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 losing streak.