MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Pat White scored on a 50-yard run with 1:36 remaining and also threw two touchdown passes to help BCS No. 7 West Virginia beat Louisville 38-31 on Thursday night.
Brian Brohm brought Louisville from 17 points down in the second half, with the Cardinals tying it on Art Carmody’s 37-yard field goal with 3:05 left. White then capped a 65-yard drive with his scoring run up the left sideline.
Brohm, who broke his own Big East record with his seventh 300-yard game of the season, threw a desperation pass that Antonio Lewis intercepted at the West Virginia 7.
The win allowed West Virginia (8-1, 3-1 Big East) to remain on Connecticut’s heels for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series with three games left, including a key matchup next week at Cincinnati.
Louisville (5-5, 2-3 Big East) was eliminated from the conference title chase. The Cardinals need a win either at South Florida or at home against Rutgers to become bowl eligible for a 10th straight season.
White ran 24 times for 147 yards and threw for 181 more in his third straight stellar game against the Cardinals.
Brohm completed 27-of-46 passes for 345 yards, but was intercepted twice and sacked four times.
Louisville held the nation’s third-best rushing attack to 216 yards and leading rusher Steve Slaton had just 60 yards on 17 carries, his second-lowest total of the season.
White and Slaton fumbled the ball away a combined three times in the second half to help Louisville get back into the game and the Mountaineers, the least penalized team in the Big East, were flagged 11 times for 116 yards.
White fumbled on West Virginia’s first possession of the third quarter, but Brohm was hit going back to pass by John Holmes. Eric Wicks scooped up the ball and ran 44 yards for a TD to give the Mountaineers a 31-14 lead.