Scores

Final

South Florida 7

(7-5, 3-3 away)

West Virginia 13

(8-4, 6-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2008

Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV

1 2 3 4 T
USF 0 7 0 07
WVU 7 3 3 013

Top Performers

Passing: P. White (WVU) - 141 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Grothe (USF) - 9 CAR, 64 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bogan (USF) - 4 REC, 50 YDS

West Virginia clinches share of second in Big East

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pat White threw a touchdown pass in his final home game and West Virginia mustered enough offense on a snowy field to beat South Florida 13-7 Saturday night.

Preseason Big East favorite West Virginia (8-4, 5-2) earned a share of second place with Pittsburgh and Rutgers, behind champion Cincinnati. Afterward, the Mountaineers accepted a bid to the Dec. 27 Meineke Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., to play an ACC opponent that will be announced on Sunday.

Despite losing four of its final five games, South Florida (7-5, 2-5) accepted an invitation to the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 20 against an undetermined Conference USA opponent.

The Bulls outgained the Mountaineers 326-280 and had plenty of opportunities, but couldn't score after halftime.

South Florida took over at its 32 with 5:36 remaining. Matt Grothe threw 16 yards to A.J. Love and ran for 14 more on the next play to the West Virginia 25. After J.T. Thomas sacked Grothe and the Taurus Johnson was called for a false start, Grothe threw 19 yards to Marcus Edwards for a first down to the 15.

But Grothe threw three incompletions and West Virginia ran out the clock.

West Virginia wore white road jerseys and pants in honor of White, who holds 16 school, Big East and NCAA records. Most of the 48,019 in attendance wore white and waved white flags.

The whiteout also included snow showers that continued throughout the game.

Playing healthy against South Florida for the first time since his freshman season, White couldn't find the seams that helped him become the top rushing quarterback in major college history last month. He was limited to 40 yards on 15 carries and remains 81 yards shy of a third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

White completed 14 of 23 passes for 141 yards, including a 12-yard TD toss to tight end Tyler Urban in the first quarter.

South Florida drove into West Virginia territory on its first four drives. But safety Sidney Glover stopped two of them, recovering Mike Ford's fumble at the 5 and intercepting Grothe in the end zone.

Grothe got the Bulls on the board with a 6-yard run early in the second quarter. West Virginia's Pat McAfee kicked a 43-yard field goal as time ran out for a 10-7 halftime lead.

Ellis Lankster intercepted Grothe at the South Florida on the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, resulting in McAfee's 42 yarder.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
WVU
1st Downs2122
Total Yards356280
Passing189141
Rushing167139
Penalties7-803-25
3rd Down Conversions11-167-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers31
Possession30:2829:32

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grothe18/331895.702
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
White14/231416.110

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grothe9647.1119
Ford14624.4014
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Devine17905.3014
White15402.7020

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bogan45012.5030
Edwards34113.7019
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders5387.6026
Arnett33110.3015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSFWVU
TD10:05Tyler Urban 12 Yd Pass From Pat White (Pat Mcafee Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUSFWVU
TD11:05Matt Grothe 6 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 77
FG00:00Pat McAfee 45 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERUSFWVU
FG12:23Pat McAfee 42 Yd 713