WVU Gator Bowl Champs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Quarterback Patrick White led West Virginia back from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 38-35 victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl on Monday.

Tailback Steve Slaton, the country's third-leading rusher at 144 yards a game, played only the first half for the Mountaineers, who have a 11-2 record.

Slaton's status was uncertain before kickoff with a badly bruised left thigh and the sophomore managed just eleven yards on three carries.

The teams set a Gator Bowl record for scoring, breaking the previous mark set in Tennessee's 45-23 win over Virginia Tech in 1994.

Georgia Tech, 9-5 for the season, tried a 54-yard field goal on fourth-and-9 with five minutes left that could have tied the score, but Travis Bell's kick fell well short.

West Virginia then ran out the clock.

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