West Virginia improved to 7-4 (5-3 Big 12) after dominating the Cincinnati Bearcats, 42-21, in Morgantown on Saturday, the first meeting between the two schools since 2011.
Garrett Greene delivered an historic performance reminiscent of Mountaineer legend Pat White’s feats in 2008, becoming the second player in school history to achieve over 150 passing and rushing yards in a single game.
Following a missed field goal attempt on their first drive, the Mountaineers’ defense held the Bearcats to a three-and-out, giving Greene another shot to orchestrate a 14-play, 91-yard scoring drive, capped off with a three-yard rushing touchdown to give WVU an early 7-0 lead.
The momentum continued in the second quarter, as Greene connected with Jahiem White for a 75-yard touchdown pass, the longest single play for the Mountaineers this season.
A few drives later, capitalizing on another defensive stand, Greene orchestrated another drive fueled by his 27-yard quarterback keeper. CJ Donaldson sealed the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run, extending WVU’s lead to 21-0.
Despite a response from the Bearcats with a touchdown, Greene fired back, capping off another another scoring with a 26-yard rushing touchdown to conclude the half, giving the Mountaineers a commanding 28-7 advantage.
As the second half unfolded, Greene and White continued to punish the Cincinnati defense, allowing WVU to maintain control throughout the half. Although Cincinnati managed to score twice in the fourth quarter, West Virginia relied on their potent ground game to secure the 42-21 victory.
Greene finished the night 12-of-19 passing for 210 yards, one touchdown and an interception, while also adding 154 rushing yards on 11 carries.
White’s performance, totaling 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts, marked the highest individual single-game rushing performance for the Mountaineers this season.
West Virginia (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) will head to Waco next Saturday for their season finale against the Baylor Bears. The kickoff time and television broadcast information will be released later tonight.