West Virginia rushes for 424 yards in rout of Cincinnati

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Quarterback Garrett Greene rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as West Virginia clubbed Cincinnati 42-21 on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown, W.Va.

Greene completed 12 of 19 passes for 210 yards, but he did a good chunk of his damage on the ground, racking up 154 yards on 11 carries. He was also picked off once.

Jahiem White also had a big day for the Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3 Big 12), rushing 21 times for a career-high 204 yards and a score. He was also on the receiving end of Greene’s lone passing TD, a 75-yard strike in the second quarter.

WVU totaled 424 yards on the ground as a team.

Greene and White each ran for a third-quarter touchdown to provide West Virginia with a 42-7 lead, putting the game out of reach. Greene scored on an 18-yard run, while White had a 4-yard TD.

The Bearcats (3-8, 1-7) didn’t just roll over, though, as Emory Jones capped a six-play, 96-yard drive with a 30-yard scoring strike to Chamon Metayer to make it 42-14 with 12:29 remaining in the game.

Jones later found Metayer for another touchdown, this time a 7-yarder, with 5:11 to go to cap the scoring.

Jones threw for 166 yards and the two TDs on 14-for-24 passing. He added 56 yards and a score on 10 rushes.

Corey Kiner was held to 56 yards on 13 carries.

Cincinnati was held scoreless until Jones plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown that pulled the Bearcats within 14 with 1:32 left in the first half.

But the Mountaineers responded 52 seconds later, as Greene rushed for a 26-yard TD to send WVU into the break up 28-7.

Greene used his legs to get West Virginia on the board, rushing for gains of 22 and 8 yards before keeping the ball once again and finding the end zone on fourth-and-1 from the Bearcats 3 with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Four plays after the Mountaineers’ defense forced a punt, Greene connected with White for the 75-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 early in the second.