West Virginia Cruises to Easy Win over East Carolina
Starr, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- After two consecutive unimpressive victories and a couple of dips in the polls, fifth-ranked West Virginia broke loose for 599 total yards and coasted to a 48-7 victory Saturday over East Carolina at Milan Puskar Stadium.
"We were ready, focused, and all amped up to play today," Mountaineers wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh said.
WVU quarterback Pat White ran for two touchdowns and threw a pair of scoring passes to wideout Darius Reynaud, as the Mountaineers (4- 0) won their 11th consecutive non-conference game.
Even Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez could find little to criticize after his team came up with 30 first downs and scored 40 or more points for the 11th time in the past 12 games.
"This was the best overall performance we've had in several years," Rodriguez said. "I'm looking forward to watching the film and seeing where we can improve."
Mountaineers All-American running back Steve Slaton, who was held to 80 yards on 24 carries last season at East Carolina, rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries before sitting out the fourth quarter.
In only his 24th career start, Slaton tied the West Virginia career touchdown mark of 42, which also is held by Ira Errett Rodgers (1915-19) and Avon Cobourne (1999-2002).
"I'm looking forward to adding touchdowns to that record in the games ahead," Slaton said.
West Virginia also dominated on defense, holding East Carolina (1- 3) to 29 total yards at halftime, and 98 with five minutes left to play. The Pirates finished with 160 total yards.
"I thought we played our worst game of the year today," Pirates coach Skip Holtz said. "We couldn't get anything going. We couldn't get a first down on offense. …