RU running back Ray Rice fumbled on a second and seven play from the Rutgers 33-yard line. West Virginia linebacker Boo McLee recovered the fumble at the 28. It was his first fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career.
Six plays later, WVU punched in off consecutive Steve Slaton runs of 11 and one yards for a 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession Mike Lorello intercepted reserve Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel. The pick was inside the Mountaineer 10-yard line and served as a punt. But it also served to invigorate the offense, which drove 93 yards in 11 plays.
The drive – WVU's third 90-plus yard drive of the year – was capped by Adam Bednarik's 21-yard pass to Brandon Myles. That came after Ryan Stancheck's second holding call of the game negated Bednarik's 14-yard touchdown run.
The turnovers, two of four WVU forced, were welcome changes from past games when WVU would force fumbles, but not recover them. West Virginia entered the game having forced 17 fumbles, but only recovered four.
"The guys handled the conditions really well," WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We didn't have any turnovers in the game, and that was the difference. We made big plays when we had to, and I thought the difference might have been our special teams.
"Obviously the blocked punt, … but maybe even more important than that was the location of our offense and where we started. Our guys never panicked."