- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2008

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. | Pat White passed milestones Saturday in rushing yards, passing yards and touchdowns, but he said remaining perfect in the Big East is the only record he cares about.

White ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help West Virginia beat Connecticut 35-13 to remain in sole possession of first place in the Big East.

“It means we got a ‘W’ - that’s all I’m worried about,” the quarterback said. “We’ve just got to keep moving forward.”

The Mountaineers (6-2, 3-0 Big East) won their fifth consecutive game - their first on the road - and snapped an 11-game home winning streak for UConn (6-3, 2-2).

White had 109 rushing yards on 21 carries, including touchdown runs of 24 and 36 yards, to move past the 4,000-yard mark for his career. He also completed 11-of-18 passes for 121 yards to move past 5,000 yards in the air. White has been responsible for 91 touchdowns in his career, just five fewer than Donovan McNabb, who had 96 when he played for Syracuse.

“He’s the greatest winner in college football today,” coach Bill Stewart said.

Connecticut’s Donald Brown, who came in as the nation’s leading rusher with more than 165 yards per game, had 77 yards in the first half but finished with just 82, his lowest total of the season.

For the second consecutive week, the Mountaineers trailed early and dominated late. They scored the final 28 points a week after scoring the last 31 points in a 34-17 win against Auburn.

“I guess it takes us a minute to adjust,” White said. “But, at the same time, I think if we’re not executing, we’re not putting points on the board.”

West Virginia trailed 13-7 before slotback Jock Sanders scored three touchdowns in the final 6:13 of the third quarter to help the Mountaineers take control of the game. White began the rally by taking the Mountaineers 56 yards in six plays, hitting Sanders for a 6-yard touchdown that gave West Virginia a 14-13 lead. The drive came after UConn’s Kashif Moore dropped a ball that would have given UConn a 55-yard touchdown.

“It’s disappointing, but the fact of the matter is we were in the game to the very end,” said UConn quarterback Cody Endres, a redshirt freshman making his second start.

Endres completed 17-of-37 passes for 166 yards but threw three interceptions, including one on an overthrow of D.J. Hernandez that Brandon Hogan returned 24 yards to the UConn 33. It took the Mountaineers just four plays to make it 21-13 on a 3-yard run by Sanders.

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