THE SITUATION: No. 19 Louisville traveled to Morgantown for a showdown between the two best teams in the Big East. West Virginia scored first in the third overtime and made its mandatory two-point conversion attempt to go up 46--38. The Cardinals responded with a touchdown but still needed the two-pointer to tie the game.
THE FINISH: Strong safety Eric Wicks sealed the victory for the Mountaineers by tackling Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm short of the goal line. But West Virginia would never have won without Steve Slaton, its 5'10", 195-pound freshman running back. Slaton (above) carried 31 times for 188 yards, caught three passes for 20 yards and scored all six West Virginia touchdowns (a school record). The second and third of those came in the final 8:16 of regulation as Slaton rallied the Mountaineers from a 24--7 deficit.
NEXT UP: West Virginia, the only remaining unbeaten team in Big East play, travels to South Florida, hoping to avoid the same ambush that Louisville walked into. The Bulls shocked the Cardinals 45--14 on Sept. 24.
-- Mark Beech and Gene Menez