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Lightning, not Marshall, disrupts West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Geno Smith threw two first-half touchdowns and Tavon Austin returned a kickoff for a score as No. 24 West Virginia beat Marshall 34-13 on Sunday night in a game stopped early in the fourth quarter because of lightning.

The Mountaineers improved to 11-0 against their cross-state foe in their first game under coach Dana Holgorsen.

"It went exactly like we thought it would go," Holgorsen said, laughing. "I'm proud of the kids for the way they handled this situation."

Austin put West Virginia up 27-13 with a weaving 100-yard kickoff return with 4:59 left in the third.

The game was halted after the extra point. Play didn't resume for three hours. It was stopped again after Vernard Roberts' 1-yard run made it 34-13 24 seconds into the fourth.

"I understand the situation," Holgorsen said. "Everybody wants to play a full game, and everybody needs the snaps.

"I think common sense takes place at some point."

No. 8 Texas A&M 46, SMU 14: Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael ran for two touchdowns for the host Aggies. Gray ran for 132 yards and Michael, in his first game since breaking his leg in October, gained 85. Up 20-14 late in the first half, A&M scored on consecutive possessions. Ryan Tannehill hit Ryan Swope four times for 53 yards, including a 28-yard score. Michael finished the next drive with three runs, including a 1-yard score.

Bethune-Cookman 63, Prairie view A&M 14: Jamarr Robinson, making his debut after transferring from Maryland, ran for two touchdowns and threw for one for the Wildcats in Orlando. Up 21-0 in the second quarter, the Wildcats scored two touchdowns 1:35 apart. D.J. Howard returned a fumble 31 yards, and Reggie Sandilands returned one 51 yards.

Georgia: Standout linebacker Alec Ogletree needs surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Details of the sophomore's injury weren't disclosed. Georgia plays UF Oct. 29.

Notre Dame: Coach Brian Kelly said he has not determined who will start at quarterback Saturday at Michigan. Dayne Crist, a senior, struggled against USF and was pulled while trailing 16-0. Sophomore Tommy Rees entered and threw two touchdowns.

Lightning, not Marshall, disrupts West Virginia 09/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 12:03am]
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