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WVU notes: Mountaineers lead nation in rushing average

| Friday, Oct. 27, 2006

West Virginia has been held under 300 yards rushing twice this season, at East Carolina (153) and at Connecticut (263). The Mountaineers lead the nation in rushing with 319 yards per game.

• The Mountaineers' school-record, 14-game winning streak ranks second in the nation behind Ohio State's streak of 15.

"It's a big thing, being part of history," West Virginia tailback Steve Slaton said. "We may not know it now, and may not feel it now, but down the road it will be very satisfying."

• Louisville fans have been asked to participate in a "Blackout" and wear black to Thursday's Big East showdown with West Virginia at 42,000-seat Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"Oh yeah, their fans are going to be into it, just like our fans were into it last year when Louisville played here," Mountaineers cornerback Vaughn Rivers said. "We'll take that challenge."

• Quarterback Pat White's 45-yard touchdown run last at Connecticut was his ninth of the season and the 16th of his career. He's rushed for at least one touchdown in five consecutive games.

"I've been watching Steve Slaton too much," White said when asked if he feels like he's breaking out this season.


Digits

91 - Career wins for Rich Rodriguez, who is 43. Half of those wins have come at West Virginia since he became coach at his alma mater in 2001.

36 - Louisville victories under coach Bobby Petrino, who is in his fourth season leading the Cardinals.

- By Rick Starr

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