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November 6, 2011

Lots of yards in losses becoming common for WVU

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Defensive end Bruce Irvin twice almost single-handedly turned the game around with defensive plays.

At one point he ended a Louisville drive with consecutive sacks on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Another time he threw Louisville back with a quick move that let him make a tackle for a loss on a key play.

“We were able to frustrate Bridgewater a little,” middle linebacker Najee Goode said. “Bruce Irvin is the fastest linebacker you’ll see. They couldn’t block him.”

A true freshman, Bridgewater didn’t let it get to him as he completed 21 of 27 passes for 246 yards and engineered a crucial drive at the end of the game that clinched it, eating up 7 minutes and 11 seconds.

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Senior wide receiver Bradley Starks had a 62-yard return of the opening kickoff, the longest of his career, but left the game with a lower extremity injury and did not return. ... Running back Shawne Alston scored twice and now has five TDs in the past three games. ... This was just the third time since 2000 that WVU lost when it scored 30 points or more. It has won 73 times with 30 or more.

Email Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com. Follow on Twitter @bhertzel.

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