MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Rasheed Marshall set a Big East career rushing mark for quarterbacks and threw three touchdowns to lead No.15 West Virginia over Syracuse 27-6 Thursday night.
Jason Colson had 113 yards against the league's worst rushing defense, and Chris Henry caught two touchdowns against the Orange for the second straight season.
The Mountaineers (6-1, 2-0) took possession of first place in the conference by scoring the first 17 and stopping four Syracuse drives inside the red zone.
The Orange (3-4, 1-1) must win three of its final four games to become bowl eligible. Each loss has been to a ranked team.
Marshall owns league records once held by Syracuse's Donovan McNabb and Virginia Tech's Michael Vick.
Marshall's 87 rushing yards gave him 1,605 for his career, breaking McNabb's mark of 1,561. In 2002, Marshall set the single-season mark of 666 formerly held by Vick.
Walter Reyes, Syracuse's leading rusher, had a bad cold and missed his first game since the start of his freshman season, a 42-game streak. His replacement, Damien Rhodes, breathed life into the sluggish Orange with a 2-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter that cut it to 17-6.
But Syracuse turned the ball over twice on downs inside the West Virginia 20 in the fourth.
Henry's 47-yard catch midway through the quarter set up Marshall's 22-yard scoring pass to Charles Hales, a backup quarterback lined up at receiver.
HAWAII: Timmy Chang is on the verge of becoming the most prolific college passer. The fifth-year senior needs 559 yards against San Jose State on Saturday night to break the NCAA mark of 15,031 set by Brigham Young's Ty Detmer 1988-91. Considering Chang threw for 534 yards against Louisiana Tech last year, 559 does not seem impossible. But the right-hander is nursing an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder, making it more unlikely.
KANSAS: Adam Barmann is the starting quarterback, at least for now. Although Barmann will start Saturday against No.2 Oklahoma, coach Mark Mangino made it clear he plans to give junior college transfer Jason Swanson some opportunities to play.
OHIO STATE: Troy Smith will start at quarterback Saturday against Indiana. Justin Zwick, who has started every game for the Buckeyes, suffered what quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels termed a mild separation of his left, nonthrowing shoulder in a 33-7 loss at Iowa last week. "Justin will be available in a semi-emergency," Daniels said. "But right now we'll go with Troy."