There's something about Rutgers that makes West Virginia light up the scoreboard.

The Mountaineers got superb special teams play and converted two turnovers into touchdowns during a 41-point first half to defeat Rutgers, 62-16, yesterday in Morgantown, W. Va.

The 62 points were the most scored by West Virginia (2-4, 1-2 Big East) since a 69-3 victory over Cincinnati in 1989.

The Scarlet Knights (0-6, 0-3) had allowed 59, 55 and 48 points in three other meetings with West Virginia since 1995. A week ago Rutgers gave up 58 points to Virginia Tech.

"We tried not to run up the score," said West Virginia Coach Don Nehlen, whose team broke a three-game losing streak. "I feel bad for Rutgers. They're down right now. Been there, done that. We needed a win like this badly."

West Virginia's 41 first-half points were more than it had scored in four of five previous games this season, although Rutgers actually held a 244-171 advantage in total offense in the first half.

BC 20, PITT 16: Tim Hasselbeck, inserted after Brian St. Pierre was injured in the second half, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Dedrick Dewalt with 1 minute 48 seconds to play to lift Boston College.

The host Eagles (5-1, 2-1) are off to their best start since 1992, when they won their first seven games and finished 8-3-1. Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-2) dropped its second straight.