Marshall Falls To No. 5 West Virginia, 42-10|
Sept. 2, 2006
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Steve Slaton ran for 203 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead No. 5 West Virginia past Marshall 42-10 on Saturday.
Slaton, the nation's top freshman in 2005 with 19 rushing TDs, had his second straight 200-yard game. He set a Sugar Bowl record with 204 yards in a win over Georgia in January. His 33 carries Saturday were one shy of a career high.
Slaton was the backbone of the nation's fourth-best rushing attack last season and the sophomore tore up Marshall (0-1) in just the second meeting between the state's two Division I-A schools since 1923.
West Virginia (1-0), which is 6-0 all-time against Marshall, scored on four of its first five possessions and totaled 312 rushing yards.
Slaton surpassed 100 yards early in the second quarter and had 140 by halftime.
He had a 14-yard TD run around right end midway through the first quarter and scored untouched from 16 yards out after making a hard cut to the right late in the half for a 28-7 lead.
Slaton also had a 10-yard TD run negated by a holding penalty in the second quarter.
West Virginia, whose ranking was its highest to start a season, opened its normally quiet passing game a bit, too. Pat White completed 10-of-14 passes for 168 yards.
He found Brandon Myles with first-half TD tosses of 8 and 18 yards as West Virginia built a 21-0 lead. It was the first career multiple TD game for Myles, a senior.
Marshall, limited to just seven first downs in the first half, went to its passing game late in the second quarter for its only touchdown.
Freshman tight end Cody Slate caught passes of 26 and 14 yards to give Marshall its best field position at the WVU 25.
Matt Morris then made up for a dropped pass in the end zone earlier in the game by grabbing a 21-yard TD toss from Bernie Morris. The pass initially was ruled incomplete but Marshall challenged and the play was overturned for a touchdown.
Morris and Slate helped make up for the loss of two other receivers. Hiram Moore was suspended for the game after a drunken driving arrest last month and the 6-foot-6 Shawn Lauzon was lost for the season with a hip injury in preseason practice.
West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt scored on a 3-yard run midway through the third quarter to cap a 66-yard drive that was set up by an interception by freshman Quinton Andrews.
WVU backup quarterback Jarrett Brown closed the scoring on a 7-yard TD run with 1:13 left in the game.
Marshall is 1-7 against ranked opponents since returning to Division I-A in 1997.
The animosity between the teams showed from the start. Two personal fouls were called on each team in the game's first four plays.