MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Pat White threw three touchdown passes,
Noel Devine rushed for a career-high 207 yards and West Virginia
scored 31 straight points to beat Auburn 34-17 on Thursday night.
White, playing his first full game in a month following head and
hand injuries, overcame two early interceptions to bring West
Virginia (5-2) back from a 17-3 deficit. The Mountaineers had their
highest points total since a season-opening 48-21 win over
Auburn's Kodi Burns threw for one touchdown and ran for another
score before halftime but couldn't keep the early momentum going.
The Tigers (4-4) managed just 33 second-half yards, were shut
out over the final 40 minutes and now have a three-game losing
streak. That hadn't happened since 1999, coach Tommy Tuberville's
Dorrell Jalloh caught two of White's scoring tosses. His 2-yard
catch put West Virginia ahead to stay late in the third. On his
second, Jalloh shed the grasp of defender Zac Etheridge, turned
around without breaking stride, sidestepped Walter McFadden and
scored from 32 yards out early in the fourth to make it 27-17.
Devine completed the scoring with a 30-yard TD run late in the
game. He surpassed a 188-yard effort in an Oct. 11 win over
Syracuse and has four 100-yard efforts this season.
Auburn made a rare trip far to the north for its first
nonconference road game since 2003. The crisp fall night hardly
threw off the warm-weather Tigers. In fact, it was West Virginia
that looked out of place early.
White entered the game completing 73 percent of his passes and
had thrown just one interception all season, but was picked off on
West Virginia's first two series.
Auburn followed Josh Bynes' interception with a 20-play drive
that ate up nearly 10 minutes. But the Tigers couldn't find the end
zone on three tries from inside the 3 and settled for Wes Byrum's
short field goal.
After Walter McFadden returned an interception 18 yards to the
West Virginia 27, Burns tossed a third-down screen pass to Brad
Lester, who followed three blockers 16 yards into the end zone.
Mario Fannin's 69-yard kickoff return set up Burns' 9-yard
touchdown run for a 17-3 lead early in the second.
White hit a wide-open Alric Arnett with a 44-yard TD strike,
West Virginia's longest pass play of the season, midway through the
second to bring West Virginia to 17-10.
White was held to a season-low 8 rushing yards but more than
made up for it with his arm. He finished 13-of-21 for 174 yards.
Burns led Auburn with 82 rushing yards and went 13-of-21 for 111
yards with an interception.