Jon Jones ran 32 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate carry yesterday, helping No. 25 West Virginia blunt a Kent State rally for a 35-24 victory in the season opener for both teams in Morgantown, W.Va.

Jones's run, with 6:17 left in the game, came after Kent State closed to 28-24 on the passing and running of quarterback Joe Dalpra.

The Mountaineers took the ball on the Kent State 32 after a short Kent State punt and Jones, a redshirt freshman running back, sprinted around right end for a touchdown.

Garrett Ford, who ran for 98 yards in 14 carries, helped get West Virginia off to a quick start.

The first time the Mountaineers had the ball, he broke around the right side and beat a defender down the sideline for a 57-yard touchdown run with 13:11 left in the first quarter.

West Virginia also put together a seven-play, 31-yard drive later in the first quarter that ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Greg Jones to receiver Mike Baker.

Kent State got a 36-yard field from Marty Rogers to make it 14-3, but West Virginia went 81 yards in 12 plays to make it 21-3 in the second quarter.

Pittsburgh 35, Ohio University 3: Curvin Richards ran for 119 yards and a touchdown and the No. 18 Panthers scored on four of their five first-half possessions to win at home in Coach Paul Hackett's regular season debut.

Alex Van Pelt completed 10 of 13 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half, and Richards ran for all but nine of his yards before halftime as Pitt rolled to a 28-3 second-quarter lead in the first meeting between the schools in 88 years.