MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —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.
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.
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Colorado now faces the impossible task of meeting coach Dan Hawkins' offseason 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 that set up Brown's 6-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 1-yard TD run for a 28-17 lead.
Time of Possession32:4427:16
Colorado737 7—24 West Virginia777 14—35
WVU—Devine 77 run (Bitancurt kick), 10:27.
Col—Stewart 36 run (Goodman kick), 8:36.
Col—FG Goodman 39, 3:51.
WVU—Sanders 6 pass from Brown (Bitancurt kick), 1:21.
WVU—Starks 48 pass from Brown (Bitancurt kick), 13:05.
Col—McKnight 29 pass from C.Hawkins (Goodman kick), 10:02.
WVU—R.Clarke 1 run (Bitancurt kick), 9:17.
WVU—R.Clarke 8 run (Bitancurt kick), 2:00.
Col—Simas 20 pass from C.Hawkins (Goodman kick), :03.
Rushing—Colorado, Stewart 21-105, Sumler 1-7, Scott 4-5, Lockridge 2-2, C.Hawkins 2-(minus 19). West Virginia, Devine 22-220, R.Clarke 5-22, Sanders 3-21, Austin 1-4, Rodgers 1-4, Team 1-(minus 2), Starks 1-(minus 5), Brown 8-(minus 7).
Passing—Colorado, C.Hawkins 27-52-3-292, Team 0-2-0-0. West Virginia, Brown 12-19-0-148.
Receiving—Colorado, McKnight 9-98, Geer 8-113, Devenny 3-33, Simas 2-23, Sumler 2-19, Stewart 2-(minus 1), J.Behrens 1-7. West Virginia, Starks 3-68, Sanders 3-18, Arnett 2-28, Austin 1-9, R.Clarke 1-9, Urban 1-9, Devine 1-7.