COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Steve Slaton was outstanding, as usual. No one, however, expected West Virginia's running game to be so Devine.
Slaton ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, Noel Devine amassed 125 yards on his first three carries, and No. 4 West Virginia cruised past Maryland 31-14 Thursday night.
Slaton scored on runs of 22, 1 and 1 yards. He has 41 touchdowns at West Virginia, one short of the school record shared by Ira Errett Rodgers and Avon Cobourne.
The 5-foot-8 Devine served as a Slaton's setup man. Early in the third quarter, Devine ran 31 yards to the Maryland 1, putting Slaton in position for his second TD run.
Late in the period, Devine rambled 76 yards to the Maryland 1. Slaton scored on the next play to put the Mountaineers up 28-7.
In the fourth quarter, Devine ran for 18 yards to place West Virginia (3-0) in position for a field goal.
Devine, a freshman, finished with 136 yards rushing on five attempts.
Keon Lattimore ran for 80 yards and a touchdown for Maryland (2-1). The Terrapins yielded a total of 350 yards in their first two games; West Virginia finished with 448.