September 15, 2006

'Orchids-and-onions' night for the Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN--WVU came up with a signature win Thursday over Maryland as it burst to a 28-0 first quarter lead and then coasted to a 45-24 victory over the previously unbeaten Terrapins (2-1). WVU is 3-0.

The victory was important for the 60,513 mostly home fans at humid Milan Puskar Stadium, but also it was the features Thursday night game for ESPN.

Though the Big East has scored three victories over ACC squads this season with just one defeat, many of the national media downgrade the Mountaineers because of a weak schedule.

Rich Rodriguez's largest margin of victory ever over Ralph Friedgen might have cast new light on the Mountaineers.

"We're just gonna go out here and try to win all of them; that's all we can do. We gotta win by a big margin because we are a member of the Big East," said Kevin McLee.

+Orchid No. 1.

Steve Slaton continued to distinguish himself as more than just "another good back" by carrying 21 times for 193 yards (9.3). His 37-yard scoring romp on the Mountaineers' fourth straight scoring possession of the first quarter was "Majoresque" (as in Major Harris). He started left, then darted right and sprinted straight down the west boundary toward the south end.

He had 200 yards on 15 carries in the second half, but was caught in the backfield several times.

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