LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -It may have been the first time in his career
took the easy way out.
Then again, the way the West Virginia quarterback has helped carry the Mountaineers the last four years, maybe he deserved
White broke the NCAA record for career yards rushing by a quarterback in leading the Mountaineers to a 35-21 victory over
Louisville on Saturday. The senior ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns to give him 4,292 yards for his career, breaking
the record of 4,289 set by former Missouri quarterback
While many of White's yards have been spectacular, the run that broke the record wasn't exactly highlight worthy. Leading
by 14 late in the fourth quarter, White took the snap and ran to his left, getting the four yards necessary to set the mark
before uncharacteristically sliding to safety.
Not that White is concerned with style points.
''When I'm done, I'll sit down and think about it, reflect on it,'' White said. ''Right now I'm just thinking about the next
added 154 yards rushing for West Virginia (7-3, 4-1 Big East), which ran for 376 yards while averaging nearly 10 yards a carry
to send Louisville (5-6, 1-5) to its fourth straight loss.
The rushing mark wasn't the only record White took down against the Cardinals. He added two passing touchdowns to bring his
career total for touchdowns accounted for to 98, eclipsing the Big East record of 96 held by former Syracuse quarterback Donovan
''I ran No. 5, put the ball in his hands,'' said West Virginia coach Bill Stewart. ''He's the greatest young man. You witnessed
something we may never see again.''
West Virginia kept its hopes for a second straight Big East crown alive thanks mostly to White, who had touchdown runs of
66, 43 and 7 yards against a team that has never figured out a way to slow him down.
''We had him dead-to-rights a couple of times and he gets away,'' said Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe. ''We knew coming
into the game we had to stop Pat, but we didn't do that.''
Not too many teams have over the last four seasons, particularly the Cardinals. White has 1,115 yards of total offense - 541
rushing, 574 passing - in four starts against Louisville and accounted for 12 touchdowns.
''I guess I've been pretty successful against them, I've been fortunate,'' White said.
The Cardinals, not so much.
threw for 276 yards with a touchdown but also had three interceptions.
ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in his final home game and the Cardinals put up 474 yards of total offense. But Louisville
was undone by five turnovers and will need to win its season finale at Rutgers on Dec. 4 to avoid its first losing season
''The margin for error when you're playing good teams like West Virginia is very, very small, so you've got to make sure you're
capitalizing on every situation and we're not doing that,'' Kragthorpe said.
The Mountaineers-Cardinals matchup had become one of the Big East's best since Louisville joined the conference in 2005.
Not this time.
The Mountaineers scored 14 points in less than two minutes early in the second half to take control. White hit
on a 28-yard score to put the Mountaineers up 14-7.
stripped Louisville wide receiver
three plays later and the Mountaineers recovered at the Louisville 43. It took White 28 seconds to put the Mountaineers up
two scores as he raced around left end 43 yards for a touchdown.
The score tied McNabb's mark for career touchdowns accounted for. White didn't waste a lot of time breaking it, scoring on
a nifty 7-yard touchdown run that put the Mountaineers up 28-14 with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter.
''We got off to a sluggish first half, like we have in the past,'' White said. ''The second half, I think we played pretty