MORGANTOWN, W.Va. When quarterback Geno Smith along with the rest from the West Virginia offense stop to take into account how that they rewrote the teachers document book throughout their particular Big twelve debut, let me hope some people keep in mind that they probably would not have complied with no Nick Florence and also the Baylor offense.
A technology ago, Affirmed won the 1978 Triple Crown since Alydar sent him every one three races. Magic had Larry. Jack Nicklaus experienced Tom Watson. And upon Saturday, Smith as well as No. in search of Mountaineers deal gaming stats for the reason that required each and every one among their 10 touchdowns to beat this No. 25 Bears 70-63.
The West Virginia senior completed 1 out of 3 of 51 goes pertaining to 656 yards and nine touchdowns having no interceptions. Smith eliminated from the body as being a quarterback that stopped at Milan Puskar Stadium on their solution to opt for up a new Heisman Trophy. He exceeded seeing that in the event he were the most beneficial quarterback inside the joint, that's saying something, as long as Andrew Luck observed the sport with his father, West Virginia particular sports overseer Oliver Luck (the Colts are generally off of Sunday).
"I feel I've had better games," Smith stated afterward. "Statistically, it can be my best game."
West Virginia head guru Dana Holgorsen, who seem to got here last year along with free Smith's ability on a strong unsuspecting world, anxieties that will Smith's perfectionism are going to be a detriment. He learn Smith's stats aloud to answer a query and asked, "Can anyone you need to explain to my home ways to boost that?"
Smith is actually too ashamed to convey any adventure can be his best. "I received lots of sports eventually left in this career," he or she said. "The confine will be the sky."
Smith's performance will overshadow that connected with Florence, who, owning insured upward Robert Griffin I within the past several years, is utilized in order to it. Florence finished 29 involving 47 intended for 581 yards, five touchdowns the other interception.
Each company had a receiver with a 300-yard game. Smith's my childhood good friend inside Miami, redshirt junior whiffed on the tackle. Not to be able to often be outdone, West Virginia's Bailey captured personal trainer touchdown subsides associated with 20 yards and also more. He switched a simple wheel road straight into an 87-yard touchdown for the reason that he trapped the particular shot personal training meters behind that Bears' secondary.
"To claim this the protection don't have fun with extremely well," Holgorsen said, "is a good understatement."
Despite many of the yards and all the touchdowns, Bailey named the particular activity "scary" due to the fact West Virginia may possibly never push away.
"Keep fighting," Baylor head coach Art Briles said. "Keep charging, and keep believing. It surely was not a surrender attitude."
It's about Texas co-offensive coordinators Bryan Harsin and also Major Applewhite, however they could think of not displaying the actual West Virginia defense towards the No. 12 Longhorns that week. It would likely prevent some sort of intense case of overconfidence.
"I've also been in this little league regarding ten years now," Holgorsen said. "It's the actual traditions with the Big 12. Not all people is compared to that. It are going to be numerous next week. Texas possesses a fantastic defense."
It's unknown no matter whether that NCAA preserves data about the length of any game. But this particular game, finished not having overtime, took 3:46 from kickoff to be able to last gun. That must be the longest activity ever.
To which often Baylor preserving sponsor Phil Bennett could say, "You might say that will again."email Senior Writer, ESPN.com
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