Scores

Final

W Michigan 24

(0-1, 0-1 away)

West Virginia 62

(1-0, 1-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 1, 2007

MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM, MORGANTOWN, WV

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 6 8 7 324
WVU 14 14 21 1362

Top Performers

Passing: P. White (WVU) - 192 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Slaton (WVU) - 16 CAR, 109 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Simmons (WMU) - 14 REC, 144 YDS, 2 TD

No. 3 West Virginia pours in most points since 2001

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- With Pat White and Steve Slaton on the field, points were easy to come by for No. 3 West Virginia.

White passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and Slaton scored four times as the Mountaineers came up with their highest scoring game in six years in a 62-24 rout of Western Michigan on Saturday.

"I think it is important to start games on the right foot, running and passing," White said after completing 10-of-18 for 192 yards and running for 97 yards. "We do that, I don't think we can't be stopped."

It was the Mountaineers' highest scoring home opener since 1988 and its most productive game since an 80-7 win over Rutgers in 2001, WVU coach Rich Rodriguez's first season. West Virginia improved to 5-0 against Mid-American Conference schools under Rodriguez.

"I thought it was a pretty good effort for the first game. You always worry about execution and missed assignments. I felt the intensity was great," Rodriguez said. "Pat White was his usual self. Everyone wants to have that special player."

West Virginia, whose highest-ever ranking matches its climb to No. 3 midway through last season, committed few miscues and wasn't wondering about whether Slaton and White would score, but how often.

Western Michigan's defense, sixth in the nation against the run last season, couldn't corral one of the nation's top rushing tandems, and that emphasis also allowed White to thrive through the air.

The junior sprained his left throwing wrist in the first half, but still finished with solid numbers in improving to 16-2 as a starter.

Slaton, White's roommate and the nation's fourth-leading rusher a year ago, ran for 109 yards as the Mountaineers broke the game open with two scores in a 1:15 span early in the third quarter.

Held to 21 yards in the first half, Slaton went 58 yards untouched up the middle on West Virginia's second possession after halftime.

West Virginia's Reed Williams then intercepted Tim Hiller on second down to set up White's 22-yard TD run a short time later for a 42-14 lead.

"It became an avalanche in the second half with those guys," Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit said. "I thought we had White back there once for a sack and all of a sudden he goes and gets a first down. That's what really killed us in the second half."

West Virginia's revamped defense was missing free safety Quinton Andrews, cornerback Ellis Lankster and linebacker J.T. Thomas, all sitting out the game after their arrests in recent months.

First-time starter Mortty Ivy at linebacker led WVU with 10 tackles Saturday, including a sack. Michigan transfer Ryan Mundy was solid. The Mountaineers intercepted Hiller twice and forced him to scramble all day, while Western Michigan managed just 32 yards rushing on 32 carries.

Hiller, who missed last season with a knee injury, was 16-of-25 for 160 yards. He was replaced midway through the third quarter by Thomas Peregrin.

"I threw some balls into coverage and put our defense in some bad situations," Hiller said. "You have to keep your defense off the field when you're facing a great offense like that."

White found Dorrell Jalloh over the middle for a 19-yard scoring pass on West Virginia's first possession. Later in the first quarter, Slaton took a screen pass and raced 50 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown.

On the third play of the second quarter, White broke outside, waited for several blockers near the goal line and scored on a 38-yard run for a 21-6 lead.

"Nothing has changed. He has the same old steps," Slaton said. "I have seen it for three years."

Western Michigan's Brandon West couldn't handle a low option pitch and West Virginia's Larry Williams recovered at the Broncos 37 to set up the first of Slaton's two 1-yard TD runs for a 28-6 lead late in the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WMU
WVU
1st Downs1825
Total Yards277542
Passing245226
Rushing32316
Penalties15-1176-34
3rd Down Conversions8-197-10
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers32
Possession32:3127:29

Passing Leaders

Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Peregrin9/17714.210-
Hiller16/251606.402-
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Brown3/4348.500-
White10/1819210.720-

Rushing Leaders

Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson8232.905
West12141.208
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaton161096.8358
White99710.8238

Receiving Leaders

Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons1414410.3231
West420.504
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reynaud59218.4058
Jalloh33913.0119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWMUWVU
TD9:35DORRELL JALLOH 19 YD PASS FROM PATRICK WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yards.
07
TD4:12JAMARKO SIMMONS 14 YD PASS FROM HERB MARTIN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yards.
67
TD2:38STEVE SLATON 50 YD PASS FROM PATRICK WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yards.
614
SECOND QUARTERWMUWVU
TD14:01PATRICK WHITE 38 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 37 yards.
621
TD4:46STEVE SLATON 1 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 37 yards.
628
TD0:18TIM HILLER 2 YD RUN (BRANDEN LEDBETTER 2PT PASS FROM TIM HILLER)
Drive info: 14 plays, 74 yards.
1428
THIRD QUARTERWMUWVU
TD9:54STEVE SLATON 58 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 85 yards.
1435
TD8:39PATRICK WHITE 22 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 22 yards.
1442
TD5:14JAMARKO SIMMONS 6 YD PASS FROM THOMAS PEREGRIN (MIKE JONES KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards.
2142
TD1:59STEVE SLATON 1 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.
2149
FOURTH QUARTERWMUWVU
TD8:39JARRETT BROWN 20 YD RUN (PAT MCAFEE KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yards.
2156
FG4:26MIKE JONES 34 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yards.
2456
TD1:24NOEL DEVINE 8 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yards.
2462