MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Jarrett Brown threw a touchdown pass
but managed little offense and West Virginia struggled to beat
Louisville 17-9 on Saturday.
Running back Noel Devine played sparingly after tweaking an
ankle and the Mountaineers (7-2, 3-1 Big East) were outgained
301-273, but improved to 6-0 at home. Devine was limited to 56
yards on 13 carries to surpass 1,000 yards for the second straight
Louisville (3-6, 0-4) couldn't take advantage of Darius Ashley's
164 yards rushing and fell to 0-5 on the road. Redshirt freshman
Will Stein went 14-of-26 in his first road start but was sacked
Cardinals kicker Chris Philpott made field goals of 37, 44 and
Ashley, playing in place of Victor Anderson who missed his
second straight game due to injury, became the third rusher to
surpass 100 yards against the Mountaineers this season.
Devine has been the go-to guy when the Mountaineers needed him
all season. But when Devine went out late in the first half, his
teammates did enough to keep Louisville at bay.
Jock Sanders gained 29 yards on the first drive of the second
half and freshman Tavon Austin capped it with a 9-yard touchdown
run for a 14-6 lead.
Louisville's Cory Goettsche shanked two straight punts in the
third quarter and one of them led to a West Virginia field goal.
After Goettsche's second short punt, Brown couldn't handle a high
snap and Louisville's L.D. Scott recovered at the West Virginia 42.
But a holding call erased a 10-yard TD pass from Stein to Doug
Beaumont early in the fourth and the Cardinals settled for a short
field goal to trail 17-9.
Louisville had one final chance to tie the game. Stein completed
two straight passes and ran nine yards to the West Virginia 42. But
he was sacked by Julian Miller on consecutive plays and threw two
straight completions in the final minute to end the threat.
The teams combined for 15 punts, including six on their first
seven possessions combined.
Late in the first quarter, Chaz Thompson stepped in front of
Brad Starks in the end zone and intercepted Brown, who also
overthrew a wide-open Alric Arnett in the end zone in the period.
Louisville finally got going late in the second quarter on Trent
Guy's career-best 53-yard run to the West Virginia 15, but holding
penalty forced the Cardinals to kick another field goal.
That's when West Virginia's offense also came alive. Devine went
20 yards around right end and Arnett went 29 yards on a pass
reception to the Louisville 10. On third-and-goal from the 8, Brown
hit Sanders with a screen pass and he went untouched into the end
zone. Brown, who hurt his right leg in the fourth quarter but sat
out only one play, finished 9-of-17 for 94 yards.
With the second ticking down in the half, Guy returned the
ensuing kickoff to the Louisville 45. Stein hit two straight
passes, Philpott kicked his career-best 44-yard field goal and the
Cardinals trailed 7-6 at halftime.