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Slaton scores 3 TDs to pace No. 4 West Virginia
Third-ranked UNA runs over Harding

The Associated Press

Steve Slaton was outstanding, as usual. No one, however, expected West Virginiaís running game to be so Devine.

Slaton ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, Noel Devine amassed 125 yards on his first three carries, and No. 4 West Virginia cruised past Maryland 31-14 Thursday night.

Slaton scored on runs of 22, 1 and 1 yards. He has 41 touchdowns at West Virginia, one short of the school record shared by Ira Errett Rodgers and Avon Cobourne.

The 5-foot-8 Devine served as a Slatonís setup man. Early in the third quarter, Devine ran 31 yards to the Maryland 1, putting Slaton in position for his second TD run.

Late in the period, Devine rambled 76 yards to the Maryland 1. Slaton scored on the next play to put the Mountaineers up 28-7.

In the fourth quarter, Devine ran for 18 yards to place West Virginia (3-0) in position for a field goal.

Devine, a freshman, finished with 136 yards rushing on five attempts.

Keon Lattimore ran for 80 yards and a touchdown for Maryland (2-1). The Terrapins yielded a total of 350 yards in their first two games; West Virginia finished with 448.

West Virginia took the second-half kickoff and moved 63 yards in nine plays to go up 21-7. Three punts later, Devineís 76-yard run — tied for the longest non-scoring carry in WVU history — helped put the Mountaineers up by 21.

It was 31-7 before Marylandís Jordan Steffy threw his first career touchdown pass, a 22-yarder to Danny Oquendo with 5:50 left.

A year ago, Maryland fell behind West Virginia 28-0 in the first quarter en route to a 45-27 loss.

North Alabama 58, Harding 17: The third ranked Lions scored touchdowns on eight of their 11 possessions on the way to a rout of Harding in the Gulf South Conference opener for both schools.

UNA (2-0) led 31-10 at the half and went on to the 41-point win in front of a crowd of just over 3,000 in Searcy, Ark. The Lions rolled up 606 yards of total offense on 76 plays, rushing for 248 and passing for 358.
Starting quarterback A.J. Milwee was 25-of-35 through the air for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Brandenn Pickett rushed for 106 yards on just five carries and the Lions did not commit a turnover in the game.

Harding was limited to just 53 yards rushing in the game but managed 327 through the air.

The win was UNAís fifth straight win in a GSC opener and was the Lionsí 14th straight regular-season win.

Air Force 20, TCU 17, OT: Ryan Harrisonís 33-yard field goal on second down gave Air Force a victory over TCU on Thursday night, keeping the Falcons unbeaten under new coach Troy Calhoun.

The Falcons (3-0, 2-0 Mountain West), who overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, were swarmed on the field by thousands who hadnít had this much to celebrate in a long, long time.

Harrisonís winner followed a miss by TCU kicker Chris Manfredini, whose 36-yard attempt hit the left upright on the first possession of overtime.

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