Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

W. Virginia Shuts out Syracuse

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

W. Virginia Shuts out Syracuse

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Reserve tailback Jimmy Gary gained a career-high 119 yards and West Virginia's defense shut out Syracuse for the second year in succession in a 13-0 victory Thursday night.

The Mountaineers (7-5, 4-3 Big East) won for the sixth time in seven games and remain in contention for the Carquest and Independence bowls. No. 22 Syracuse (7-4, 4-3) lost for the third time in four games and was shut out for the second time in three weeks.

The Mountaineers rushed for 230 yards. Gary, a junior, started in place of Robert Walker, who was limited by an ankle injury. Kantroy Barber started in place of fullback Jim Freeman, out with a concussion suffered this week in practice.

It was a pass, however, that helped give West Virginia breathing room. Clinging to a 10-0 lead late in the third quarter, Chad Johnston threw deep to wideout Rahsaan Vanterpool, who dived for a 45-yard reception at the Syracuse 39.

Bryan Baumann capped the 15-play, 79-yard drive with a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. West Virginia's Todd Sauerbrun had a 54-yard punt in the third quarter, his NCAA-record 32nd of the season of at least 50 yards. The previous mark of 31 was set by Wake Forest's Chuck Ramsey in 1973.

Texas 63, Baylor 35: Texas' James Brown threw for a school-record five touchdowns, including two to Eric Jackson.

"This is the kind of win that shows we deserve to go to a bowl game," linebacker Norman Watkins said.

Watkins, who was a high school senior the last time Texas (7-4 overall, 4-3 Southwest Conference) went to a bowl, will close his college career Dec. 30 in the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Baylor (7-4, 4-3) had Cotton Bowl hopes heading into the game but probably is going to the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 31 in San Antonio. The Longhorns' victory also means that Texas Tech will be the SWC representative in the Cotton Bowl.

Brown, a redshirt freshman, was 18 of 25 for 289 yards without an interception and also ran seven times for 51 yards. …

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