Syracuse 17

(3-4, 1-2 away)

(5) West Virginia 41

(6-0, 4-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 14, 2006

Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 7 7 0 317
#5WVU 7 10 21 341

Top Performers

Passing: P. Patterson (SYR) - 146 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: P. White (WVU) - 15 CAR, 247 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: M. Williams (SYR) - 3 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

White runs for 247 yards, 4 TDs as WVU pulls away from Syracuse

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Steve Slaton will have a hard time winning the Heisman Trophy if he keeps getting upstaged like this by running mate Pat White.

White, the West Virginia quarterback, ran for a career-high 247 yards and four touchdowns as the fifth-ranked Mountaineers defeated Syracuse 41-17 on Saturday.

Slaton, who's been the main focus of West Virginia's Heisman hype, was no slouch either. He ran for 163 yards and a touchdown as the Mountaineers (6-0, 1-0 Big East) extended their winning streak to 13 games, matching the school record set in 1952-53.

But White was the star against Syracuse. On 15 carries, he broke his own Big East and school records for rushing by a quarterback and nearly doubled his output for the season. He had 220 yards last year against Pittsburgh. It was the fourth best effort by any back in school history.

"I was making the right reads and the lane was there and I hit it," White said. "I did not know I had that many yards, but it feels good."

The Orange entered the game No. 2 in the nation in sacks 26, but that didn't help against the running of the sophomore running duo of Slaton and White.

White scored three times early in the second half to break the game open. Syracuse (3-4, 0-2) trailed 17-14 at halftime but managed only a field goal after that in losing its ninth straight Big East game.

"They are very explosive. You try to stop one thing and you better make sure you get the other thing figured out," Syracuse coach Greg Robinson said. "I give their receivers downfield credit of doing a good job blocking."

West Virginia, the nation's second-best rushing offense, compiled a season-high 457 yards on the ground, the most since a 478-yard effort against East Carolina in 2004.

White, who entered the game with 270 rushing yards for the season, had a 69-yard TD run on West Virginia's opening series of the game.

His TD runs of 40, 32 and 12 yards on WVU's first three series of the second half put the Mountaineers ahead 38-14 late in the third quarter.

"When you run your quarterback, you always hold your breath," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "But Pat, he's so fast. If you can get him past the safeties, it might work."

White (105 yards) and Slaton (101) became the first backs to surpass 100 yards against the Orange in the first half since Miami's Frank Gore and Clinton Portis in 2001. White and Slaton also surpassed 100 yards in the same game last year against Pittsburgh.

West Virginia's defense, criticized by Rodriguez for numerous mistakes in a win at Mississippi State last week, had problems early with coverage breakdowns and allowing long drives before playing a nearly perfect second half.

"I do hope the way they played in the second half gets their confidence back a little bit," Rodriguez said. "The most disappointing aspect of today was the tackling. Our tackling was probably as poor as it's been in a long time."

Perry Patterson's 47-yard TD pass to Mike Williams over three defenders on the game's opening drive marked the first time West Virginia trailed in a game since Oct. 15, 2005, against Louisville.

Slaton ran 52 yards around right end to put the Mountaineers ahead 17-7 midway through the second quarter.

Patterson, who finished 9-of-21 for 146 yards, then found Williams behind the defense again for a 30-yard gain to the West Virginia 16, setting up Patterson's 3-yard TD run on third down late in the first half.

"On offense, we were doing a nice job. I wanted to go back out there and continue it," Robinson said. "We were in that locker room thinking it's where we thought we'd be and that it was going to come down to the fourth quarter. And unfortunately they came out and boom, boom, boom."

Syracuse crossed midfield on four of its first six possessions but only once after halftime.

The Mountaineers' fifth-straight win over Syracuse is their longest in the 54-game series dating to 1945.