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West Virginia scores 31 in a row to stun Auburn

October 24, 2008|associated press

Pat White threw three touchdown passes, Noel Devine rushed for a career-high 207 yards and West Virginia scored 31 straight points to beat Auburn, 34-17, on Thursday night at Morgantown, W.Va.

White, playing his first full game in a month after head and hand injuries, overcame two early interceptions to bring West Virginia (5-2) back from a 17-3 deficit. The Mountaineers had their highest points total since a season-opening 48-21 win over Villanova.

Auburn's Kodi Burns threw for one touchdown and ran for another score before halftime but couldn't keep the early momentum going.

The Tigers (4-4) managed only 33 second-half yards, were shut out over the final 40 minutes and now have a three-game losing streak. That hadn't happened since 1999, Coach Tommy Tuberville's first season.

Devine surpassed a 188-yard effort in an Oct. 11 win over Syracuse.

Air Force wins

Safety Aaron Kirchoff returned a fumble 96 yards for a game-changing touchdown and Air Force overcame three early turnovers to beat New Mexico, 23-10, at Air Force Academy, Colo.

The Falcons (6-2, 4-1 Mountain West) are bowl eligible for the second straight season under Coach Troy Calhoun, who is 15-6 at the academy.

The Lobos (4-5, 2-3) managed only 28 yards in offense in the first half.

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