West Virginia rallies for share of Big East title

December 2, 2011 - 12:56 AM
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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches a replay against South Florida during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tavon Austin returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, Pat Miller scored on a 52-yard interception return and Tyler Bitancurt kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired, helping No. 22 West Virginia clinch a share of the Big East championship with a 30-27 victory over South Florida on Thursday night.

The Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2) pulled even with Louisville in the conference standings and likely will receive the league's automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series if Cincinnati beats Connecticut on Saturday to create a three-way tie for the title.

USF (5-7, 1-6) finished its season on a three-game losing streak and failed to qualify for a bowl bid for the first time in seven years.