RedHawks Fall To WVU
Marc Bulger threw for three touchdowns and redshirt freshman Avon Cobourne rushed for 142 yards in his second start as West Virginia beat Miami University 43-27 Saturday.
A week after surrendering 327 rushing yards to East Carolina, West Virginia (1-1) registered six sacks and forced Miami's Mike Bath to throw four interceptions.
Miami, which held Northwestern to three points in its season opener, allowed the most points in five seasons and saw its eight-game winning streak snapped.
Miami (1-1) also lost for the first time in 12 games when Travis Prentice exceeded 150 yards rushing. He had 163 on 29 carries, most of it after halftime.
West Virginia countered with Bulger, the Big East's top quarterback who wore a brace on a sore left knee. The career 62 percent passer started slowly but hit 12-of-17 for 175 yards after halftime to stave off a Miami comeback. He finished 19-of-35 for 226 yards.
Bulger threw for first-quarter scores of two yards to Anthony Green and 14 to Khori Ivy. He also found wide-open Antonio Brown from 26 yards in the fourth quarter.
Cobourne capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter for a 29-14 lead, and Miami got no closer than eight points thereafter.
Prentice scored on a 3-yard run and an 81-yard option pass play in the fourth quarter to move past Pitt's Tony Dorsett into fourth place in NCAA major-college career scoring with 366 points.
Bath finished 16-of-38 for 312 yards, including first-half scores of 55 and 62 yards past blown coverage.
West Virginia, which hasn't lost to a Mid-American Conference school since 1945, avoided its first 0-2 start since 1979.