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Big East Football, Week 14: Rutgers Drops Season Finale; West Virginia Still In Title Hunt

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw for a game-high 343 yards and a touchdown as the Mountaineers downed visiting Rutgers, 35-14, to earn at least a share of the Big East Conference title.

The Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) need first-place Connecticut to lose to South Florida (8:00 p.m. on ESPN2) to earn the conference's BCS bowl berth.

The Scarlet Knights (4-8, 1-6) capped off a disappointing season totaling just 204 yards in it's 2010 season finale.

Rutgers, which trailed 14-7 at halftime, opened the second half with a first down then was forced to punt.

West Virginia answered with a 10-play, 91-yard drive that ended with running back Ryan Clarke's one-yard TD run, his second of the day, which helped the Mountaineers take a 21-7 advantage.

Smith led two more TD drives in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Rutgers did end the season on a somewhat positive note.

Late in the fourth, trailing 35-7, Rutgers starting quarterback Chas Dodd, 10 of 19 passing for 139 yards and two TDs, connected with wide receiver Mark Harrison on a 44-yard TD reception, which capped the game's scoring.

Rutgers running back Jordan Thomas finished with a game-high 64 yards on 11 carries.