October 10, 2009

First-half dominance bolsters 34-13 'W'

West Virginia reached the end-zone on their first four possessions and held Syracuse to 77 first-half yards progressing towards their first Big East win, 34-13. The margin was WVU's largest since visiting Connecticut last season and leaving with a 35-13 triumph.

The Mountaineers (4-1; 1-0 Big East) sprung to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter behind the steady arm of Jarrett Brown (22-of-30 to nine receivers) and a defense that failed to allow a Syracuse conversion on 11 third-down tries.

Brown connected with 14 of his 18 throws in the first two quarters for 179 yards. More importantly, the Mountaineers held on to the ball, only losing it once after fumbling four consecutive possessions against Colorado.

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