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West Virginia rallies for share of Big East title

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 3:56 p.m. MDT

South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels (7) throws a pass against West Virginia during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.  (Chris O'Meara, Associated Press) South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels (7) throws a pass against West Virginia during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara, Associated Press)

TAMPA, Fla. — 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.

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