Bowling Green Vs. West Virginia: Mountaineers Trounce Falcons 55-10 In Rain-Soaked Contest

Dustin Garrison turns in 291 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in Mountaineer victory.

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Western Michigan Vs. UConn, Marshall Vs. Louisville Final Scores: Big East Struggles In Week 5

It was a good week all-around for West Virginia, which trounced Bowling Green, but it wasn’t nearly so good for the Mountaineers’ Big East brethren.

Louisville lost 17-13 to Marshall in a late-afternoon game, despite being big favorites coming in. A touchdown pass from Rakeem Cato to C.J. Crawford with about two minutes remaining gave the Thundering Herd the lead. Cato went 18-for-30 with 236 yards and two scores.

Also, UConn, which was a slight favorite over Western Michigan, lost in a wild one, 38-31. The Huskies had a 24-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Alex Carder threw three touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes, and a UConn fumble by Ryan Griffin with less than a minute to go sealed the win for Western Michigan. Carder had 479 yards passing and five touchdowns, and three of his receivers had at least 113 yards receiving.

So, in all, the Big East has gone 4-4 this week, with only Pitt, WVU, Rutgers and Cincinnati escaping defeat. It doesn’t look like it’ll be a powerhouse conference, and WVU and Pitt look to be in the driver’s seat.


Bowling Green Vs. West Virginia: Mountaineers Crush Falcons 55-10 To Move To 4-1

It was a rainy, miserable day in Morgantown, but the weather couldn’t keep the West Virginia Mountaineers from trouncing their MAC competition, the Bowling Green Falcons, 55-10.

Despite falling behind 10-3 early in the first quarter, it was all West Virginia after that. The Mountaineers dispatched their overmatched competition with aplomb, with quarterback Geno Smith and running back Dustin Garrison leading the way.

The running game has been West Virginia’s Achilles heel so far this season, but true freshman Dustin Garrison has cemented his place in the lineup, rushing for nearly three hundred yards and a pair of touchdowns. Garrison’s 291 yards rushing is tied for second-most all time for the Mountaineers. Only Kay-Jay Harris’s 337 yards against ECU in 2004 represent a better rushing day for the Mountaineers. WVU rushed for more yards this afternoon than they’d compiled all season to this point.

While the running game will get tons of well-deserved praise, the play of quarterback Geno Smith can’t be overlooked. The junior quarterback piled up three touchdowns and 238 yards passing. Geno wasn’t called on to make the plays he had to make last week, but he still turned in a top-notch performance.

West Virginia enters Big East play next week against UConn. At 4-1, WVU has the best overall record of anyone else in the Big East and are expected to run the table to a conference title. Only time will tell.


Bowling Green Vs. WVU Halftime Score: Dustin Garrison Running Wild

Not that it’s a huge surprise, but the Bowling Green defense really has no idea how to stop West Virginia, which leads by a 38-10 score at the half. Dustin Garrison currently has an amazing 233 yards rushing, and one need only watch Bowling Green muff about half a dozen potential tackles in his second-quarter, 19-yard touchdown to see how he has been able to do it. Garrison is averaging 9.7 yards per carry.

Oh, and Geno Smith has three touchdown passes as well, including an six-yard strike to Brad Starks with about three minutes left in the first half to give the Mountaineers their current 38-10 lead. He has made use of a bunch of different receivers – Starks, Ryan Nehlen and Ivan McCartney all have touchdowns, and Tavon Austin also has 59 yards receiving.

Not much to see here, folks. The Mountaineer offense looks unstoppable, and it’s hard to see how the Bowling Green offense could do enough in the second half to get back in the game, even if that weren’t the case.

For more on the West Virginia Mountaineers, check out the Smoking Musket.


Bowling Green Vs. West Virginia Score: Mountaineers Have Huge Lead In Second Quarter

The West Virginia Mountaineers have opened a big lead on Bowling Green in the second quarter, and are now up 31-10.

Bowling Green actually had a 10-3 lead early on in this one, but that seems like a long time ago now, as the Falcons haven’t been able to do much to stop Geno Smith, Dustin Garrison and the Mountaineer offense. Smith has two touchdown passes, including a second-quarter score to Ryan Nehlen on Nehlen’s second career catch. Smith is now 9-for-18 with 133 yards.

Meanwhile, Garrison is having a huge game on the ground. He too scored in the second quarter, on a 19-yard run, and had a 42-yard run to begin that drive. He currently has a ridiculous 164 yards rushing.

The Mountaineers currently have 320 total yards, compared to Bowling Green’s 116. It doesn’t look like they’re going to have much trouble in this one (not that they were expected to).

For more on the Mountaineers, check out the Smoking Musket.


Big East Final Scores: Rutgers Vs. Syracuse, Cincinnati Vs. Miami (Ohio)

As West Virginia begins to open up a lead on Bowling Green, here's a look at other scores around the Big East. 

First, Cincinnati unsurprisingly crushed winless Miami of Ohio, 27-0. Isaiah Pead had two rushing touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards, while Zach Collaros rushed for 89 yards and finished 16-for-30 passing with 251 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. 

San San Te had four field goals, including a decisive one in the second overtime period, to help Rutgers to a 19-16 victory over Syracuse. Mohamed Sanu also caught a three-yard touchdown pass in the Scarlet Knights' win.

Louisville is currently tied 7-7 with Marshall, while Western Michigan is out to a surprising 14-0 lead on Connecticut, with Alex Carder throwing two touchdown passes.

For more on the Big East, be sure to check out Big East Coast Bias, and keep checking back here for more updates on Bowling Green vs. West Virginia.


Bowling Green Vs. West Virginia Score: Mountaineers Keep It Close

The West Virginia Mountaineers scored a field goal on their first drive after Bowling Green fumbled the opening kickoff return. Bowling Green then jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead, scoring on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schilz after a 77-yard kick return by Jerry Graves. West Virginia proceeded to go three-and-out on their next drive.

Bowling Green this time marched down the football field on a 10-play 52-yard drive to kick a field goal and go up 10-3. West Virginia's offense found a groove on their next possession, however, gaining 56 yards on just three plays, including a 33-yard touchdown from Geno Smith to Ivan McCartney after a 15-yard penalty by Bowling Green. On West Virginia's next drive, the Mountaineers marched down the field in 11 plays for 71 yards and capped it off with an 8-yard rushing score by Shawne Alston to take a 17-10 lead.

For more on West Virginia visit The Smoking Musket, SBNation's Mountaineers blog.


Big East Football Schedule, Week 5: Bowling Green Vs. West Virginia, Syracuse Vs. Rutgers, And More

Here’s a look at the Big East football schedule for Week 5. All games are on ESPN3.

The Pitt Panthers knocked off the No. 16-ranked South Florida Bulls on Thursday, 44-17.

In Saturday’s action, 3-1 Syracuse hosts 2-1 Rutgers at noon, with the Orange as slight favorites, while 3-1 Cincinnati plays Miami (Ohio) at 1:00 and are two-touchdown favorites despite being on the road.

Then there are a trio of games at 3:30. 3-1 West Virginia hosts Bowling Green in what should be a relatively easy game for the Mountaineers. 2-1 Louisville, meanwhile, hosts Marshall. And 2-2 UConn has a home game against Western Michigan.

The South Florida / Pitt game was the first Big East conference matchup, and Rutgers vs. Pitt is the second. There will continue to be a couple of conference games in each of the next two weeks.

For more on the Big East, check out Big East Coast Bias.


Bowling Green Vs. West Virginia: Mountaineers Close Out Non-Conference Slate At Home

The Mountaineers look to get back to their winning ways at home against Bowling Green.

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