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W. Virginia stretches win streak to a dozen

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 8, 2006


STARKVILLE, Miss. - Steve Slaton ran for 185 yards, Pat White rushed for two touchdowns and the West Virginia defense made two interceptions deep in its territory to give the Mountaineers a 42-14 victory Saturday over Mississippi State.

Slaton helped No. 4 West Virginia extend the nation's second-longest win ning streak to 12 and moved into fourth on the school's career touchdown list with his 24th in 15 games.

The sophomore had nine runs of 10 yards or more to help the Mountaineers overcome 11 penalties for 132 yards.

"I tell these guys ... as long as we win, I don't care if it's by one point, I'm going to be happy," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I lied. I'm not happy."

The Mountaineers moved the ball with big leaps in the first quarter. They got plays of 26 and 37 yards on their first scoring drive and 26, 15 and 14 on their second.

It was the eighth straight loss to a ranked team for the Bulldogs and their fourth straight home loss.

Pittsburgh 21, Syracuse 11: LaRod Stephens-Howling ran for a career-high 221 yards and one touchdown, stunning the host Orange twice in the first half with long runs up the middle.

The Syracuse defenders were unable to tackle what they couldn't see. Stephens-Howling is 5 feet 7, 175 pounds.

"The defensive backs were making a lot of tackles, and they wouldn't see me until I broke out of the pack," Stephens-Howling said.

The sophomore scored untouched on a 70-yard run one play after a Syracuse punt to give the Panthers a 14-3 halftime lead.

CINCINNATI 20, AKRON 14: Butler Benton scored on a 7-yard run with 12:35 remaining and the host Bearcats used up the final 9:26 with a 16-play, 72-yard drive, denying the Zips a chance to get the ball back. Akron led 14-0 after the first quarter but Cincinnati didn't allow the Zips past the Bearcat 30-yard-line after that.