South Florida stifles West Virginia's Slaton, pulls off upset
Nov. 25, 2006
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Matt Grothe ran for a touchdown and passed for another and South Florida slowed down West Virginia's dominant running game for a surprising 24-19 win Saturday that could end the Mountaineers' chances for a BCS bid.
South Florida (8-4, 4-3 Big East) scored on a fumble return and held Steve Slaton, the nation's No. 2 rusher, to his worst game as a starter.
Slaton saw his streak of six straight 100-yard games snapped. He ran for a season-low 43 yards, 115 below his average. The Mountaineers (9-2, 4-2) lost at home for the first time in nine games.
Grothe, the redshirt freshman, finished 21-of-29 for 270 yards and helped keep the nation's second-best scoring offense off the field.
West Virginia was effective only through the air. Pat White threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Myles but the Mountaineers squandered several other scoring chances. They had scored touchdowns on 77 percent of their drives inside the 20 entering the game, yet failed to reach the end zone four times inside the red zone against South Florida, including its first three drives.
The Mountaineers didn't score their first touchdown until midway through the third quarter. The nation's second-best rushing attack was limited to 132 yards.
Slaton fumbled the ball away at the South Florida 1 on the first drive of the second half. West Virginia got the ball back at the South Florida 28 after a punt and White found a leaping Myles with a 15-yard TD pass in the left corner of the end zone. But White's conversion pass fell incomplete to make it 14-12.
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