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No. 6 West Virginia has no trouble with I-AA E. Washington



Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Eagles were a late addition to the schedule and were paid $450,000.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Steve Slaton was in high school the last time he was out of his uniform, watching the game from the sideline in the second half.

Slaton ran for 105 yards and two first-quarter scores and called it a day as No. 6 West Virginia went to its bench often in a 52-3 win over Division I-AA Eastern Washington on Saturday.

"I think we played everybody who ever suited up in a Mountaineer uniform," said West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez, laughing. "Seriously, we probably played 80 guys."

Four of them were quarterbacks.

The layers

Pat White directed a second-quarter touchdown drive before the QB parade began. Jarrett Brown threw for a TD and ran for another, while Nate Sowers and Markell Harrison also ran for scores.

By the time West Virginia (2-0) built a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter, Slaton and White were done for the day with a short turnaround to Thursday night's home game against Maryland.

Slaton followed up a 31-carry, 203-yard effort last week against Marshall with just eight carries Saturday, the fewest since he had 11 against Virginia Tech as a freshman last October.

"The point was really just to save me for Maryland," Slaton said. "I hate to come out of any game. But as long as we win it really doesn't matter.

"I think everybody wants to play, and this was a chance for everybody to get in and see what they have to offer."

Eastern Washington (0-2) offered little.

The Eagles were a late addition to West Virginia's schedule after Buffalo opted out of a contract with the Mountaineers in February. Eastern Washington was paid $450,000.

The gratitude

West Virginia thanked the Eagles by outgaining them 591-185, including 394 on the ground.

"If I was a West Virginia fan, I'd be awfully proud of the product that you have," Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff said.

Slaton needed just two carries for his first score and he went untouched on TD runs of 49 and 17 yards. He went to the bench afterward and didn't return, removing his uniform after halftime.

White soon followed. On West Virginia's third series, he drove the Mountaineers 65 yards with Owen Schmitt covering the final 7 for a score.

Brown threw a 5-yard TD pass to Brandon Myles just before halftime and scored on a 7-yard run to start the second half for a 35-3 lead.

Sowers and Harrison added TD runs of 8 and 1 yards, respectively, in the fourth quarter.

"That was one of our goals," Rodriguez said. "We've got to get another guy ready, especially as much as we run Pat White."

Eastern Washington protected the ball this week, unlike last week in a 56-17 loss at Oregon State in which the Eagles had four first-half turnovers that led to scores. But they were no match for a West Virginia defense using four new starters in the secondary this season.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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