Scores

Final

West Virginia 34

(4-1, 1-0 Big 12)

Syracuse 13

(2-4, 0-2 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

1 2 3 4 T
WVU 14 13 0 734
SYR 0 0 6 713

Top Performers

Passing: J. Brown (WVU) - 244 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: N. Devine (WVU) - 22 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Williams (SYR) - 4 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

West Virginia extends dominance of Syracuse

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Noel Devine caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another, Ryan Clarke scored on two short runs, and West Virginia beat Syracuse 34-13 on Saturday.

West Virginia (4-1, 1-0 Big East) has won eight straight in the series.

Jarrett Brown had a superb first half, going 14 for 18 for 179 yards in leading the Mountaineers to a 27-0 lead. He finished 22 of 30 for 244 yards before departing early in the fourth quarter.

Greg Paulus had his worst game of the season for Syracuse (2-4, 0-2), giving way to backup Ryan Nassib to start the second half. Paulus was 5 of 9 for 30 yards and one interception.

Devine, who entered the game averaging 135 yards rushing, gained 91 yards on 22 carries.

Nassib was 7 of 16 for 120 yards and threw two touchdown passes, a 50-yarder to Mike Williams in the third quarter and a 24-yarder to Marcus Sales in the fourth. The TD catch tied Williams with Marvin Harrison for second all-time at Syracuse with 20, two behind Rob Moore.

With scouts from five NFL teams looking on, Paulus faltered badly. A week ago, South Florida scored four touchdowns off seven Syracuse turnovers in a 34-20 win, and the Orange continued to turn the ball over.

Paulus had been intercepted five times by the Bulls, including a critical one that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned for a TD. Against the Mountaineers, he threw an interception on his second attempt. He rolled right on a third-and-2 play from the West Virginia 30, then threw back across the field into the arms of 272-pound nose tackle Josh Taylor, who caught it and then fumbled.

Linebacker Pat Lazear quickly snatched the ball near the 40 and raced down the right sideline before being forced out of bounds at the Syracuse 11. Devine scored on a screen pass on the next play.

The Orange received boos as they headed for the locker room. They punted four times, registered just three first downs, and were outgained 218-77 in the first half.

Williams was thrown to only once, with 6:04 left in the second quarter. He entered the game averaging 124 yards and eight catches a game and finished with four catches for 89 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WVU
SYR
1st Downs1910
Total Yards385222
Passing258150
Rushing12772
Penalties4-267-55
3rd Down Conversions5-140-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession39:0220:58

Passing Leaders

West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown22/302448.110
SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib7/161207.520

Rushing Leaders

West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Devine22914.1115
Alston6183.008
SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carter12332.808
Nassib8222.8010

Receiving Leaders

West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders9677.4017
Starks25326.5027
SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams48922.3150
Sales23015.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWVUSYR
TD11:01Noel Devine 11 Yd Pass From Jarrett Brown (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 70
TD00:11Ryan Clarke 1 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERWVUSYR
TD09:49Ryan Clarke 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 200
TD07:18Jock Sanders 9 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 270
THIRD QUARTERWVUSYR
TD09:52Mike Williams 50 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Pat Failed) 276
FOURTH QUARTERWVUSYR
TD14:55Noel Devine 4 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 346
TD09:08Marcus Sales 24 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ryan Lichtenstein Kick) 3413