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W.Va., Garrison can't be slowed

West Virginia running back Dustin Garrison, who had 291 yards on 32 carries, pushes away Bowling Green’s Aaron Foster.

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West Virginia running back Dustin Garrison, who had 291 yards on 32 carries, pushes away Bowling Green’s Aaron Foster.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia's Dustin Garrison couldn't have imagined this.

The freshman running back rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 22 West Virginia to a 55-10 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.

Quarterback Geno Smith went 18-of-30 for 238 yards with three scores, and the Mountaineers found balance on offense.

West Virginia entered as one of the worst rushing teams in the nation with 306 total yards but had 360 yards Saturday.

"I think we found a running back," coach Dana Holgorsen said of the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Garrison, who had 233 yards by halftime and set a freshman single-game school record. He scored on runs of 19 and 8 yards in a steady rain.

His 291 yards tied for the second-highest total in school history, and his 32 carries more than doubled his season total.

"The game has definitely slowed down a lot since Day 1," Garrison said. "I think it's showing. I'm seeing the holes a lot faster and hitting them a lot faster. … It reminds me of high school."

Rutgers 19, Syracuse 16, 2OT: San San Te kicked a 47-yard field goal in the second overtime and, seconds later, the visiting Scarlet Knights defense recovered a fumble by Orange running back Antwon Bailey to seal the victory. Linebacker Edmond Laryea, who had just replaced injured defensive back Khaseem Greene, forced the fumble.

Cincy 27, Miami (Ohio) 0: Running back Isaiah Pead ran for two touchdowns and the defense opened the second half with a goal-line stand for the visiting Bearcats, who overcame a season-high four turnovers, including quarterback Zach Collaros' two end-zone interceptions and fumble at the Miami 12. The RedHawks had minus-3 yards on 38 rushes.

W. Mich. 38, UConn 31: Alex Carder passed for a career-high 479 yards and five touchdowns to lead the visiting Broncos, who had big receiving games from Jordan White (173 yards, two scores) and Chleb Ravenell (123 yards, two scores). Huskies quarterback Johnny McEntee threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Marshall 17, Louisville 13: Rakeem Cato's 4-yard touchdown pass to receiver C.J. Crawford put the visiting Thundering Herd ahead with less than two minutes left. Safety Omar Brown helped seal the win with an interception on the second play of the next drive after defensive back Darryl Roberts tipped the ball.

22 W.Va. 55


W.Va., Garrison can't be slowed 10/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 1, 2011 9:30pm]
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