ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Last week, West Virginia did it on the ground. This week, the Mountaineers did it in the air.
Rasheed Marshall threw four touchdowns - tying a career high - and ran for another as 11th-ranked West Virginia overcame the absence of Kay-Jay Harris to post a 45-20 victory over Central Florida.
Marshall completed 14-of-18 passes for 214 yards without an interception. The senior made up for the loss of Harris, who set a Big East Conference record last week with 337 yards but left the game with a hamstring problem in the first series.
"I really thought he was in a good rhythm today," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "He was managing the offense. There were a couple of throws he could have maybe thrown a little better, but he was seeing the field extremely well and I thought he was the difference for us offensively."
After West Virginia receiver Eddie Jackson lost a fumble on the UCF 5-yard line, Marshall led the Mountaineers to touchdowns on the next two drives, throwing a six-yard TD pass to Chris Henry and scampering 17 yards for a score.
"This was the week to redeem myself," said Marshall, who was just 6-of-15 in the team's opening victory over East Corolina.
Brandon Sumner hit Tavaris Capers with a 14-yard TD pass to make it 14-7, but that was as close as coach George O'Leary's team got.
Henry caught a second TD pass from 20 yards away before Marshall capped his night with a 58-yard bomb to Brandon Myles and an 11-yard score to Bryan Wright in the third quarter.
Jason Colson filled in amicably for Harris, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
"Jason toughed it out; he was cramping up a little bit," Rodriguez said.
O'Leary was coaching his first college game since being fired by Notre Dame shortly after being hired when it was discovered he lied on his resume. He missed last week's game at ranked Wisconsin to attend his mother's funeral.
"We played a very good West Virginia team," O'Leary said. "We had a few sloppy penalties and you can't have any of those and expect to beat a top-10 team like West Virginia."
Central Florida fell to 0-15 all-time against ranked teams.