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Noel Devine leads West Virginia over Colorado

The running back gains 220 yards in a 35-24 win over the Buffaloes.

October 02, 2009|Associated Press

Noel Devine ran for a career-high 220 yards and a touchdown, leading West Virginia to a 35-24 victory over Colorado on Thursday night at Morgantown, W.Va.

Jarrett Brown threw two touchdown passes and redshirt freshman fullback Ryan Clarke ran for two fourth-quarter scores for West Virginia (3-1).

Both offenses played sloppily despite having an extra week to prepare. West Virginia lost four fumbles and intercepted three of Cody Hawkins' passes.

Hawkins threw two touchdown passes, but Colorado (1-3) managed three total points on four other drives that went inside the 30.

Colorado now faces the highly improbable task of meeting Coach Dan Hawkins' off-season directive of "10 wins, no excuses." The Buffaloes would have to win the remainder of their games, including a bowl, starting next week at No. 2 Texas.

Colorado was outgained 405-392 after shutting out Wyoming, 24-0, on Sept. 19.

The Buffaloes kept Brown mostly in check but couldn't match Devine's speed.

Devine went 77 yards for a score on West Virginia's second play from scrimmage and ran 56 yards late in the second quarter to set up Brown's six-yard scoring pass to Jock Sanders.

Devine ran nine times during a 14-play drive midway through the fourth quarter that ended in Clarke's one-yard touchdown run for a 28-17 West Virginia lead.

UAB wins

Hiram Atwater returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to secure Alabama Birmingham's 30-17 win over visiting Southern Mississippi, the Blazers' first victory over their Conference USA rival.

The Blazers (2-3, 2-1) had set up Josh Zahn's second field goal of the fourth quarter after recovering a muffed punt.

Southern Miss (3-2, 1-1) had been 9-0 against UAB.

Bradford won't start for Oklahoma

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will not start for No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday at No. 17 Miami.

Sooners Coach Bob Stoops said that Landry Jones will start for Bradford, who hasn't played since spraining his right, throwing shoulder the first week of the season.

"Sam has made daily progress, but we don't feel like he's quite where he needs to be yet," Stoops said in a statement. "Our team has a lot of confidence in Landry's ability and we're looking forward to going into the game with him at quarterback."

Quick hits

Penn State linebacker Sean Lee is likely to miss his second straight game because of a knee injury when the No. 15 Nittany Lions travel to Illinois on Saturday. . . . Syracuse University is naming the field in the Carrier Dome "Ernie Davis Legends Field." The university will make a formal dedication at halftime during Syracuse's game on Oct. 10. The tribute to the 1961 Heisman Trophy winner comes a year after the release of a movie about his life.

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