MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Pat White threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the first half, leading No. 9 West Virginia to a 38-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Steve Slaton rushed for 127 yards and a score for the Mountaineers (6-1). West Virginia scored on its first five possessions and wasn't threatened. The Mountaineers now enter the heart of the Big East schedule with a showdown next Saturday at Rutgers. Playing at home for the first time in a month, West Virginia put together its best first quarter of the season following an open week on the schedule. After jumping ahead 31-0 early in the second, the Mountaineers managed just two first downs and no points on their next five possessions. Given multiple chances to close the gap, freshman Wesley Carroll could only temporarily rally Mississippi State (4-4), which lost to a ranked opponent for the fourth time this season. The Bulldogs were limited to 12 first downs and 214 yards. White's playing status was in question after indicating earlier in the week he wasn't recovered from a hit to his non-throwing (right) shoulder two weeks ago at Syracuse. He had a bruised thigh from a loss to South Florida the week before. White started against Mississippi State and the Bulldogs could barely touch him early.