COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Rich Rodriguez and his team had just finished saluting the West Virginia fans after an uplifting road victory, and as the coach began to congratulate his players, he spotted quarterback Pat White.
Rodriguez gave White a hug and said, "Way to come in."
White directed three fourth-quarter touchdown drives after replacing an injured Adam Bednarik, and the Mountaineers ripped Maryland's defense for 301 rushing yards in a 31-19 victory Saturday.
Freshman Jason Gwaltney had two touchdowns for the Mountaineers, who had lost three straight at Maryland since 1997. West Virginia let a 15-point lead dwindle to 21-19 before Gwaltney scored on a 15-yard run with 4:56 left.
The Mountaineers then recovered a fumble by Maryland quarterback Sam Hollenbach, and Pat McAfee kicked a 40-yard field goal to make it 31-19 with 2:18 left.
White went 3-for-5 for 29 yards, and he ran for 62 yards on nine carries and guided an offense that amassed 24 points and 144 yards in the final quarter.
"Pat, when he goes in there it's like he's been there the whole time," Rodriguez said. "He managed the game well, made a couple of big plays."
White, a redshirt freshman, entered in the third quarter after Bednarik was shaken up on a 5-yard run with the Mountaineers up 7-6. With White leading the way, West Virginia scored on its next four possessions.
No. 4 Va. Tech 45, Ohio 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Marcus Vick threw two touchdowns and ran for one, and the Hokies got their second shutout in a row.
Virginia Tech, which beat Duke 45-0 on Sept. 10, turned three turnovers into touchdowns and turned the Bobcats away twice deep in Hokies territory. Brooks Rossman missed a 36-yard field goal, and an interception ended the other drive.
Ohio was coming off a 16-10 overtime victory against Pittsburgh that heightened excitement in its first season under former Nebraska coach Frank Solich, but it had never played a team ranked as high as the Hokies.
No. 16 Ga. Tech 28, UConn 13
ATLANTA - Redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett threw a touchdown on his first college pass and backup tailback Tashard Choice scored the first two TDs of his career for the host Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech scored another TD on Kenny Scott's 21-yard interception return, the low point of a miserable game for Huskies quarterback Matt Bonislawski, who was 7-of-25 for 67 yards and three interceptions.
N.C. STATE 54, E. KY. 10: Toney Baker ran for two touchdowns and caught one, and the host Wolfpack scored 31 in the first quarter. Baker ran for 85 yards on six carries before the Colonels could figure out how to stop him. Quarterback Jay Davis threw for 113 yards in the first quarter.
WISCONSIN 14, UNC 5: Brian Calhoun rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Badgers improved to 3-0 for the third time in four seasons. Calhoun carried 38 times and has 471 yards in his first season after transferring from Colorado.
WAKE FOREST 44, ECU 34: Chris Barclay ran for 210 yards and tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns for the host Demon Deacons. Micah Andrews added 142 yards rushing for Wake, which beat its instate rival for the fifth straight season.
DUKE 40, VMI 14: Justin Boyle ran for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns and Zack Asack threw for a score in his debut for the host Blue Devils against the Division I-AA Keydets.