MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Avon Cobourne and Quincy Wilson helped West Virginia run wild on East Carolina.
Cobourne ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns and Quincy Wilson added 198 and a score as West Virginia threatened the school record for rushing yards in a 37-17 victory over East Carolina.
Cobourne, a senior, and Wilson, his junior understudy, both rumbled to career high rushing totals. Cobourne carried 30 times as he posted the second-best game in school history, trailing only Kerry Marbury's 291 yards vs. Temple in 1971. Wilson carried 14 times as he gained more yards than he had in each of his first two seasons.
In all, the Mountaineers (3-1) amassed 536 yards on the ground, approaching the school mark of 569 against Washington & Lee in the cloud-of-dust era of 1923.
It was the most yards on the ground allowed by East Carolina (1-3), shattering the school record of 454 surrendered to Miami.
Despite their dominance, the Mountaineers did trail briefly after a poor pitchout by quarterback Rasheed Marshall was scooped up by free safety Kelly Hardy, who raced 80 yards for a touchdown less than 3 1/2 minutes into the contest.
On the next play from scrimmage, Cobourne ran 52 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, safety Arthur Harrison fell on a loose ball in the end zone after a mad scramble following a fumbled punt by East Carolina, giving West Virginia the lead for good at 13-7.
Marshall fell on his own fumble in the end zone, capping a 71-yard drive that made it 20-7 with 9:40 left in the second quarter. Marshall had 63 yards on 14 carries and threw just 14 passes, completing six for 33 yards.
Cobourne added a seven-yard TD run in the final minute of the first half.
Art Brown's 12-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter pulled the Pirates within 27-14. But just over a minute later, Wilson sped 73 yards for a touchdown.
Paul Troth was 23-of-33 for 207 yards for East Carolina, which has lost all nine visits to Morgantown.