No. 21/25 Cincinnati vs. No. 5/5 West Virginia Notes
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Nov. 17, 2007

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Final Score (Record)

No. 5/5 West Virginia (8-1, 3-1) 28

No. 21/25 Cincinnati (8-2, 3-2) 23

Attendance

35,097 (The third sellout this season and the 16th sellout in Nippert Stadium history.)

Series

West Virginia leads, 14-1-1

Game Notes

Game captains were #72 Digger Bujnoch and #13 Haruki Nakamura for Cincinnati and #3 Larry Williams, #6 Antonio Lewis, #11 Adam Bednarik, and #53 Marc Magro for West Virginia. Cincinnati won the coin toss and elected to receive. WVU defended the south endzone.

Marcus Barnett caught his team-leading ninth touchdown of the year in the first quarter, a 70-yard touchdown reception from Ben Mauk. It was the second longest passing touchdown of the season for UC. Barnett recorded his second touchdown (13-yard reception from Mauk) of the game in the fourth quarter and is now second in school history with 10 touchdown receptions this season. The receiver is the school leader in touchdown receptions in a season by a freshman.

Barnett finished with the most receiving yards since Jim O'Brien recorded 212 receiving yards against Ohio on November 16, 1968. He finished the game with 10 receptions and 210 yards, putting him in fourth place in school history for receiving yards in a game.

Mauk attempted his first career punt in the first quarter, pinning WVU at the 3 yard line. Mauk's punt was 36 yards.

Mike Mickens picked off WVU quarterback Patrick White on the second play of the second quarter. It was Mickens' sixth interception of the season, which equals the school's single-season record (six other players have six picks on a season).

The 42-yard field goal by Jake Rogers in the second quarter was his second-longest field goal of the season (55-yards against Oregon State).

WVU became only the third Cincinnati opponent this season to rush for more than 100 yards for the game and did so in the first half (125 yards). Cincinnati defeated Southeast Missouri State (175 rushing yards) and lost to Pittsburgh (260 rushing yards).

The Bearcats finished with 84 rushing yards as a team. It is only the second time this season that Cincinnati has been held to less than 100-yards rushing (30 yards in the 34-3 victory over Oregon State).

Mauk finished the game with 323 passing yards, his second 300-yard passing game of the season (324 yards in 28-24 loss to Louisville).

Bradley Glatthaar recorded his team-leading seventh rushing touchdown (1-yard run) of the season in the fourth quarter.

 

WVU Game Notes

Game Captains

WVU game captains against Cincinnati are senior cornerback Larry Williams, senior cornerback Antonio Lewis, senior quarterback Adam Bednarik and senior linebacker Marc Magro.

            Coach Rich Rodriguez selects game captains each week. Permanent team captains will be elected at the end of the regular season.

 

For Starters

            There were no first-time starters at Cincinnati. A total of 41 Mountaineers have at least one game of starting experience. Tops on that list are senior defensive lineman Keilen Dykes (41), senior safety Eric Wicks (35), junior offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek (31), junior running back Steve Slaton (30) and senior receiver Darius Reynaud (29).

 

Schmitt's First Quarter Touchdown

            Owen Schmitt scored on a four-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. It was Schmitt's third rushing touchdown of the season and 12th of his career.

 

First Quarter Fumble Recovery

            Ryan Mundy recovered Ben Mauk's fumble late in the first quarter. The recovery marked WVU's 14th of the season. The Mountaineers have recovered at least one opponent fumble in six straight contests and in nine of 10 games this season.

 

White's Touchdown Runs

            Patrick White tallied two touchdown runs (7, 4) in the contest marking his 11th and 12th of the season and 36th and 37th of his career.

            White has now rushed for at least one touchdown in five consecutive contests. The touchdowns also marked his third multiple rushing touchdown game and 11th of his career.

White now boasts 26 rushing touchdowns in his last 17 games.

 

Slaton Sets School Scoring Record

            With his 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, Steve Slaton set WVU's career scoring record for non-kickers. He now shows 318 career points, passing Ira Errett Rodgers who had 313 points from 1915-1919.

 

Slaton's Touchdown Run

            Steve Slaton's 1-yard touchdown run marked his 15th rushing touchdown of the season and 48th of his career. He has now scored at least one touchdown in each of his last four contests. He is already WVU's career rushing touchdowns leader (48) and career total touchdowns leader (53).

 

Slaton Moves to Second in Career All-Purpose

            Steve Slaton's 151 all-purpose yards against Cincinnati give him 4,692 for his career, moving him into second place on WVU's all-time list. He passes Amos Zereoue (1996-98) who had 4,628 yards.

  

White Goes for 100 Rushing

            Patrick White finished the game with 155 yards rushing, his 13th career 100-yard rushing output. White is now tied for fourth all-time with Arthur Owens (1972-75) on WVU's career 100-yard rushing outputs.

            White's yardages mark his third straight 100-yard rushing game (156 at Rutgers; 147 vs. Louisville). It is the second time in his career he has gone over the century mark in three straight contests (2006: 247 vs. Syracuse; 102 at Connecticut; 125 at Louisville).

 

Slaton Goes for 100 Rushing as Well

            Steve Slaton rushed for 103 yards against the Bearcats, marking his 21st career 100-yard rushing performance, tying him with former Mountaineer Amos Zereoue (1996-98) for second on WVU's career 100-yard rushing list.

            It was his sixth 100-yard rushing performance this season.

 

Dynamic Duo Rushes For 100 Each In Same Game

            Patrick White and Steve Slaton each reached the century mark against Cincinnati, marking the eighth that both have rushed for 100 yards in the same game. The game marks the second time this season (Marshall) that Slaton and White each rushed for 100 in the same game.

WVU is now 7-1 all-time when Slaton and White both rush for 100 yards in a game.

           

Two Hundred Yards of Total Offense

            Patrick White reached 200 yards of total offense for the third straight game. He finished with 155 yards rushing and 140 yards passing for 295 yards of total offense.

            In his last three games, White has now tallied 923 yards of total offense.

 

Career BIG EAST TD Responsible For

            Patrick White's two touchdown runs against the Bearcats give him 69 total touchdowns responsible for in his career, tying former Mountaineer quarterback Rasheed Marshall (2001-04) for WVU's all-time career TD responsible for.

 

White Tops 3,000 career rushing yards

            With his 155 yards rushing against Cincinnati, Patrick White topped 3,000 rushing yards in his career, now showing 3,129 yards. He passed Vince Young/Texas (2003-05) on the NCAA career quarterback rushing list

He becomes the first BIG EAST quarterback to break the 3,000 yard plateau and just the 12th quarterback in NCAA history to do so.

 

Dating back to 2005, WVU has 108 rushing touchdowns in its last 29 games.

 

WVU has now 31-4 over its last 35 games and is now 16-3 in its last 19 BIG EAST games.

 

WVU improves 24-3 with Patrick White as its starting QB.

 

WVU improves to 27-3 with Steve Slaton as its starting RB.