West Virginia 45, Pittsburgh 13
Pat White ran for 220 yards on 23 carries to break the West Virginia rushing record for a quarterback Thursday night, leading the No. 12 Mountaineers to a 45-13 victory over Pittsburgh.
With the victory in swirling snow flurries and a 7-degree wind chill, West Virginia (9-1, 6-0) clinched at least a tie for the Big East title and avenged a 16-13 loss to Pitt last year.
White, who broke the quarterback rushing record of 205 yards set by Ted Anderson in a 1953 game against VMI, also threw for 41 yards. White ran for two touchdowns and passed for another.
Steve Slaton rushed for 179 yards on 34 carries to help the Mountaineers finish with 451 total yards on the ground. Slaton ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass.
Tyler Palko threw two early touchdown passes to Greg Lee for the Panthers (5-6, 4-3).
White led West Virginia to a 21-13 halftime lead, despite passing only six times. He gained 151 yards on 15 carries in the half, including two short scoring runs.
White ran for 80 yards on the Mountaineers' second drive of the game -- including a 47-yard draw to the 1. White ultimately hit Slaton with 16-yard touchdown pass.
Palko responded to West Virginia's opening score with a three-pass drive, capped by a 64-yard touchdown pass to Lee. Palko hit Lee with 31-yard pass to the back of the end zone early in the second quarter, but the extra point failed on a fumbled snap.
Palko finished with 308 yards on 24-of-43 passing with two interceptions.
Even with the Mountaineers' win, South Florida (6-3, 4-1) can still force a conference tie by beating Connecticut on Saturday and West Virginia on Dec. 2
Pitt leads the series, 59-36-3.
West Virginia retired Sam Huff's No. 75 after the first quarter, the first Mountaineers player to be so honored. Huff, who later became a star linebacker for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, played for the Mountaineers from 1952 to '55 and led West Virginia to the 1954 Sugar Bowl. The school is retiring basketball great Jerry West's number on Saturday.