West Virginia 34, Rutgers 19
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP)—Quincy Wilson ran for three touchdowns to lead West Virginia to a 34-19 victory over Rutgers on Saturday for the Scarlet Knights’ 24th straight Big East loss.
Wilson had a career-high 40 carries for 177 yards. He scored on runs of 20, 4 and 4 yards.
West Virginia receiver Chris Henry doubled his season output with 176 yards on four catches, including an 83-yard TD. Henry now has 11 catches and four TDs this season and is averaging 30 yards per catch.
West Virginia (2-4, 1-1 Big East) bounced back from a close loss at No. 2 Miami last week to remain unbeaten in 14 home games against Rutgers.
Rutgers (3-3, 0-2) lost to West Virginia for the ninth straight time but didn’t fare as poorly as its last visit to Morgantown, an 80-7 blowout in 2001.
The score remained close until the final play of the half when West Virginia appeared to catch Rutgers off guard.
Rather than run out the clock on fourth down at the West Virginia 17, Rasheed Marshall lofted a pass down the right sideline that a wide open Henry caught at the Rutgers 40 and scored untouched for a 17-3 lead.
Wilson ran for 46 of West Virginia’s 48 yards on the Mountaineers’ first possession of the second half, capping it with his second TD run.
Rutgers answered with an 80-yard drive, kept alive by a facemask penalty against West Virginia after an incomplete pass on third down. Justice Hairston’s 1-yard TD run cut the deficit to 24-10.
Wilson fumbled on the first play of West Virginia’s next possession and Rutgers’ David Harley recovered at the Mountaineer 10, resulting in a short field goal by Ryan Sands.
But Wilson made up for the mistake on the next possession with his second 4-yard score for a 31-13 lead.