West Virginia holds off Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Think next week's Backyard Brawl might be a little interesting?

West Virginia stayed alive in the Big East race with a 17-10 win at Louisville. It was a dominant defensive performance by the Mountaineers, who pitched a second-half shutout and completely stymied the Cardinals' powerful running game.

The Mountaineers only managed a field goal in the second half themselves, but that was more than enough with the way their defense controlled the action.

West Virginia improved to 7-3 and 3-2 in the Big East and can tie for first place by winning at Pittsburgh next week. Louisville must win at Rutgers in the season finale to reach bowl eligibility.

More to come after postgame interviews ...