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Big East: Troublemaking receiver propels Mountaineers

Associated Press
Published October 31, 2004

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Chris Henry caught a 39-yard touchdown and set up a touchdown with a long catch before being ejected in West Virginia's 35-30 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Up 21-17 early in the fourth, Rasheed Marshall hit Henry for 69 yards. Henry crossed his arms and yapped at defenders, Back judge Ron Boyd, who flagged Rutgers' Tres Moses for posturing after a first-quarter touchdown, did the same to Henry. Two plays later, Marshall hit Miquelle Henderson for a 4-yard score.

On the next series, Henry outjumped Joe Porter for a 39-yard score. Henry tossed the ball at Porter and appeared to kick him, drawing another flag and the ejection. His coach, Rich Rodriguez, then got in his face.

"I just told him it was embarrassing, flat-out simple," said Rodriguez, who added Henry will be punished. "I said, "You are embarrassing yourself. You are embarrassing the program."

Henry, who was unavailable for comment, was escorted off the field, occasionally looking at Rutgers' bench and yelling at fans.

Brian Leonard's 2-yard run with 1:22 left made it 35-30. But the onside kick went out of bounds.

SYRACUSE 42, UCONN 30: The host Orange won despite allowing 566 yards and 35 first downs. The Huskies' Dan Orlovsky completed a school-record 39 passes for 445 yards (setting a school record with 9,715) and three touchdowns.

Perry Patterson's 36-yard Hail Mary to Andre Fontenette as time expired in the first half gave Syracuse a 21-20 lead. Anthony Smith made it 28-20 when he intercepted Orlovsky's first pass of the second half and returned it 32 yards.

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