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LSU aces WVU test to cap road trip

LSU’s Michael Ford rushes for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Tigers pull away to win in Morgantown.

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LSU’s Michael Ford rushes for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Tigers pull away to win in Morgantown.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jarrett Lee threw three touchdowns, Michael Ford ran for two scores and No. 2 LSU made a case to be No. 1, beating No. 16 West Virginia 47-21 Saturday night.

The Tigers converted two turnovers into scores, built a big early lead and withstood West Virginia's comeback for its third win over a ranked opponent this season, all away from home. Every win has been by double digits.

West Virginia outgained LSU 533-366. Geno Smith set school records for completions (38), attempts (65) and passing yards (463), but he was intercepted twice after having one in the previous three games.

For the second straight year, the Mountaineers couldn't overcome a double-digit halftime deficit to the Tigers.

And West Virginia couldn't pad its resume with a win over a SEC foe at a time when there has been speculation the league might be interested in the Mountaineers as a 14th school. Texas A&M is set become the 13th member when it leaves the Big 12 next season.

Notre Dame rally confounds Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh spent 45 minutes knocking Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees around.

The sophomore needed less than five minutes to knock the Panthers out.

Rees shrugged off a poor start to hit tight end Tyler Eifert on a 6-yard touchdown with less than seven minutes to go and lift Notre Dame to a 15-12 win. The score and subsequent two-point conversion — also to Eifert — capped 4:40 of perfection from Rees as the Irish won their second straight.

Rees went 8-for-8 on the winning drive.

"You've just got to make the right decisions," Rees said. "We did some good things getting the ball underneath and just kind of chipping away at their defense."

Pitt's Tino Sunseri threw for 165 yards and a score but was sacked twice on his final drive. The Panthers let a lead slip away in the second half for the second week in a row following last week's loss at Iowa.

"We're so close, we can touch it," Sunseri said. "But that's the thing that's so frustrating right now."

SYRACUSE 33, TOLEDO 30, OT: Cornerback Kevyn Scott made an interception in the end zone on the first play of overtime and Ross Krautman hit a 27-yard field goal to win it for the host Orange. "I was hoping he would throw that ball," Scott said of Toledo QB Austin Dantin. "I saw it was coming, and it was like a baby seeing candy." After Ryan Nassib's 18-yard pass to Alec Lemon in the back of the end zone gave Syracuse a 29-27 lead with 2:07 left in regulation, Krautman appeared to miss the extra point. Officials reviewed the kick and allowed it to stand despite a replay that showed it was just wide; the Big East later confirmed that the call was incorrect (more, 2X).

RUTGERS 38, OHIO 26: Mohamed Sanu had a record day for the host Scarlet Knights (more, see 2X), who knocked the error-prone Bobcats from the unbeaten ranks.

UConn 17, BUFFALO 3: Nick Williams had two catches for a career-best 113 yards including a 49-yard TD with 4:52 left to make the day better for Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni in Amherst, N.Y. Pasqualoni spent an hour stuck in a hotel elevator before workers rescued him just hours before the start.

2 LSU 47

16 WVU 21

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