With 14:06 left in the second quarter, Nippert Stadium – the nation's fifth-oldest behind Georgia Tech and three Ivy League schools – lost power in two light towers. It left 25,893 fans in an eerie half-light and delayed the game 10 minutes.
When the game resumed, White immediately threw deep to Brandon Myles for 32 yards to set up a second Slaton touchdown run – his eighth in the last four games – for a 14-0 lead with 12:55 left before the half.
White had already connected with Myles on a 36-yard gain that setup the first score. The second gave West Virginia (8-1, 5-0 Big East) a two-possession lead and seemed to crush UC's upset spirits.
The brief downtime could have halted quickly-building Mountaineer momentum. WVU was driving well and the localized outage, contained to Cincinnati's campus, could have stopped the charge and allowed the Bearcats to recover, both physically and emotionally.
Instead, White and Myles ensured at least the chance for points with the deep pass, and West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez showcased his ability to play away from the run when needed.
UC (4-5, 2-3) never challenged again, and finished with just 269 yards, while WVU had 406. White rushed for 111 yards, the 20th time a Mountaineer quarterback gained more than 100 yards in one game. He also did it earlier in the year versus Wofford.
White finished seven of 12 for 100 yards passing. Myles had the two catches for 68 yards. Their performances keyed the setup of another nationall-televised midweek game, the Thanksgiving Day Backyard Brawl versus rival Pitt.
West Virginia can seal at least a share of the Big East title for the third consecutive season with a win. It is now just two victories from its first-ever BCS berth. The last win might largely have been because of its will to play away from its traditional comfort zone and set a tone by immediately challenging UC despite its run-at-will offense.