Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 4, 2008

White out, Brown in, WVU wins

MORGANTOWN — For the second straight game, Pat White didn’t finish a football game for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Not to worry. Jarrett Brown has things under control.

“That’s why I practice so hard so the team won’t have to worry about anything,” said Brown, West Virginia’s backup quarterback. “It shows in practice what I can do and that’s why I practice so hard, for them to know that they are in good hands.”

His hands and legs were valuable Saturday, as Brown scored a third quarter touchdown and Scooter Berry deflected a late pass, as West Virginia won its Big East opener 24-17 against Rutgers in front of an audience of 59,122 at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia (3-2, 1-0), winners of two games in a row, lost White after he was hit in the head following a run near the goal line in the third quarter. Brown, who alternated with White for much of the game, scored from 1-yard out with 5:58 left in that period to give the Mountaineers the 24-10 lead.

“I don’t know yet about Pat’s health,” said Stewart, of White, who is now third all-time in passing touchdowns at WVU, and second in NCAA history in rushing yards by a quarterback. “He got dinged up, but he’ll be fine.”

The Mountaineers had to survive a botched 4th-and-1 attempt late in the game which gave Rutgers the ball in West Virginia territory with 1:54 left to play. However, four pass plays, including the deflection by Berry on fourth down secured the win.

“We had to go out there and get the ball back for (our offense),” said Berry, who had five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and the pass deflection. “Every time before a drive I tell Pat we’re going to get you the ball back.”

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