West Virginia 45,

Connecticut 13

-- West Virginia didn't slow down in Pat White's first start at quarterback.

The redshirt freshman, starting in place of the injured Adam Bednarik, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in a three-minute span of the second quarter, leading No. 18 West Virginia to a 45-13 win over Connecticut on Wednesday night.

White had been accustomed to generating plenty of points, but that usually came late in games. He engineered a 24-point fourth quarter earlier this season against Maryland and brought the Mountaineers from 17 points down for a triple-overtime win over Louisville.

Against U-Conn., he took the field in the first quarter for a change.

"The more you do it, the easier it gets," White said. "I liked playing the entire game, but I will go wherever they put me. I'll play wherever."

First-place West Virginia (7-1, 4-0 Big East) showed no signs of sluggishness from an 18-day layoff.

The Mountaineers built a 35-3 halftime lead, getting a pair of touchdowns following turnovers. The defense limited U-Conn. (4-4, 1-3) to 12 rushing yards and 129 overall, the fewest allowed by West Virginia in three seasons.

"When you make somebody one-dimensional, your chances of winning the game are pretty good," said West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez.

U-Conn. had one of Division I-A's top defenses statistically, but four of its opponents have a combined record of 3-29.

The nation's ninth-best rushing attack used a rotation of backs to compile 228 yards against the Huskies.