West Virginia's Patrick White had been running wild all afternoon, but Louisville just would not go away…until the Mountaineer defense delivered the knockout punch.
After White's second touchdown run of the afternoon gave the Mountaineers a seemingly-commanding 21-7 lead, Louisville marched right back down the field with a 13-play, 67-yard drive, culminating with Brock Bolen's five-yard touchdown run to get the Cardinals back within a touchdown.
The Mountaineers followed that with a quick three-and-out – the only possession of the third quarter on which WVU did not score – to give the ball right back to Louisville. With Bolen, Bilal Powell and Victor Anderson each having success running the football against the Mountaineer defense, Louisville was not even close to being out of the game yet, especially on its home field.
The Cards continued to gain momentum on their first play following the punt as Powell plowed his way through the WVU defense for a 14-yard gain. Powell's second run of the drive picked up three yards, setting up a second-and-seven from the Louisville 40. West Virginia needed a big play from its defense.
On the next play, it got one. A blitzing Sidney Glover was able to get his hands on Hunter Cantwell's pass attempt, sending the ball straight up in the air with nary a Card in the area to bring it down. One player who was in the area, though, was WVU's Anthony Leonard.
The starting middle linebacker snared the loose ball out of mid-air at the 43 and rumbled 36 yards down the field to the U of L seven.
On the first play of West Virginia's ensuing possession, White dashed up the middle for his third touchdown run of the day. The touchdown was the 97th White has been responsible for in his magnificent career, moving him past Donovan McNabb for first place in the Big East record book.
More importantly, White's touchdown seized momentum back for the Mountaineers, and effectively put away their seventh win of the season.