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Bob Herzel

September 23, 2007

USF Bulls already on the minds of Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s undefeated, fifth-ranked Mountaineers defeated the East Carolina Pirates, 48-7, Saturday.

The Mountaineers ….

BULLETIN! BULLETIN! BULLETIN!

We interrupt this column to bring you this breaking news story.

Gov. Joe Manchin III has issued an order that all West Virginians forget about the East Carolina game.

“While WVU’s victory over East Carolina was as near to perfection as the Mountaineers have been in the past few years, it is as old as yesterday’s news, and I am issuing an executive order that all West Virginia citizens – and even those who are not citizens but have come into the state to play for the university’s football team – forget that game as soon as Saturday night celebrations are over and begin preparing for an invasion of Florida for what has become the biggest football game of this season in Tampa against the University of South Florida.”

We now rejoin your column in progress.

… used an offense that was a thing of beauty, quarterback Patrick White spreading the ball all over the field as he completed 18 of 20 passes for 181 yards with two touchdowns. His coach, Rich Rodriguez, said his quarterback was “extraordinary.”

“I had a feeling he would play like this,” Rodriguez said, aware that a week earlier White was shaky against Maryland. “He was as sharp as he can be.”

In addition …

BULLETIN! BULLETIN! BULLETIN!

We interrupt this column to take you inside the West Virginia University football locker room, where the Mountaineers have just learned that South Florida has defeated North Carolina, 37-10, setting up a meeting of unbeatens next week in Tampa.

Coach Rich Rodriguez is just finishing up his post-game talk with his players.

“I’m sure you all know who’s next,” he says.

He doesn’t have to wait for a reply.

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