Mountaineers Soar Past Sooners

West Virginia overcomes coach's departure for 48-28 win
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2008 4:26 AM CST
West Virginia quarterback Patrick White throws against Oklahoma in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – University of Phoenix stadium has become a house of horrors for No. 3 Oklahoma, which yesterday lost its second straight Fiesta Bowl there, 48-28, to West Virginia. Pat White rushed for 150 yards and threw for 176 yards and two scores for the Mountaineers, who put aside the distraction surrounding the departure of coach Rich Rodriguez, reports AP.

"It's a great night to be a Mountaineer," said interim coach Bill Stewart, who praised his players for never quitting, especially considering star player Steve Slaton was injured early on. His replacement rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns. The cliché that good defense beats good offense played out, as West Virginia held OU's offense below its 43-point average.