ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Without its record setting running back,
West Virginia relied on its multitalented quarterback.
Rasheed Marshall completed 14 of 18 passes for 225 yards and
four touchdowns, and ran for another score in No. 10 West
Virginia's 45-20 win over Central Florida on Saturday night.
The Mountaineers (2-0) lost running back Kay-Jay Harris early to
a leg injury. Harris set the school and Big East record with 337
yards rushing in the opener last week.
"Rasheed was the difference for us offensively," coach Rich
There was little for Marshall to do except hand the ball to
Harris against East Carolina. He was seldom asked to pass, and
wasn't very good when he did, completing six of 15 with two
"I challenged myself to throw the ball better this week, and I
think I accomplished that," said Marshall, who tied his career
best for TD passes. "I want to keep this up the rest of the
Harris' injury was either cramps or a hamstring, team officials
said. In place of the native of nearby Tampa, Jason Colson ran for
108 yards and a score.
Following a one-week delay, UCF (0-2) finally played with coach
George O'Leary, out of the college ranks since Notre Dame fired him
in 2001 for lying on his resume. He missed the Golden Knights
opening loss at Wisconsin last week to attend his mother's funeral.
"I think we improved in many areas," said O'Leary, singling
out the offensive line. "We've got to improve in other areas as
well, but the kids played the whole game."
UCF is winless in 15 games against ranked opponents, 0-4 at
Alex Haynes led UCF with 137 rushing yards on a career-best 34
carries. Including his two receptions for 16 yards, Haynes was in
on 36 of 71 plays from scrimmage with 153 of UCF's 299 total yards
"He is a really good running back," O'Leary said. "But I am
more pleased about the way the offensive line played. If they block
like that, he will have good days."
Early in the third quarter, Haynes cut UCF's deficit to
28-17 with a 21-yard scoring run.
But less than a minute later, Marshall found Brandon Myles on a
screen and Myles outran the pursuit for a 57-yard touchdown.
UCF countered with Matt Prater's second field goal before
Marshall's final TD pass, an 11-yarder to Bryan Wright.
Mountaineers kicker Brad Cooper capped off the scoring early in
the fourth quarter with a 54-yard field goal that bounced off and
over the crossbar.
Rodriguez was disturbed by his team's mental mistakes in its
season-opening win over East Carolina, and this game was only a
The Mountaineers fumbled on their opening possessions of both
halves, the first coming at the UCF 3. And they were penalized 12
times for 116 yards; they committed 14 infractions for 141 yards
Still, the Mountaineers had 460 yards of total offense, giving
them 1,081 in two games.
"Offensively, our execution was pretty good," Rodriguez said.
"But we need to stop committing stupid penalties."
Brandon Sumner, making his first career start in place of the
benched Steven Moffett, was 9-of-21 for 86 yards and a
second-quarter scoring pass. He was relieved by freshman Kyle
Israel in the fourth quarter.
"What I did was open up all of the positions and said, 'The guy
who practices best will play," O'Leary said. "No one has really
jumped out and separated themselves."
Attendance was announced at 32,224, UCF's largest home crowd
since 50,200 saw the Knights lose to Virginia Tech on Nov. 11,