Geno Smith still on Heisman track after win
September, 15, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPN.com
What's to say about this one?
West Virginia simply took care of business against an inferior opponent on a neutral field.
The defense only allowed three points in the 42-12 win over James Madison, but it's hard to walk away from today's game and not be impressed with West Virginia's offensive efficiency.
Geno Smith passed Mark Bulger to earn the school's all-time passing mark, and through two games, he's thrown nine touchdown passes and nine incompletions.
Today, Smith finished with five touchdowns and 411 yards on 34-of-39 passing, and looked pretty comfortable with his top targets.
Stedman Bailey hauled in three of those scores, and Tavon Austin grabbed one. The Mountaineers' duo combined for 24 catches and 286 yards.
If that touchdown/incompletion rating sounds familiar, it should. Last year's Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, threw 13 scores and 12 incompletions through three games. Smith's the Big 12's best hope at bringing home another Heisman, and he's lived up to the hype through two games.
A good win for West Virginia, but the Mountaineers never had a chance to prove much today. For now, West Virginia and its passing game are who we thought they were.
The biggest bright spot for the defense? Keeping a decent James Madison rushing attack out of the end zone with a goal-line stand in the third quarter.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final West Virginia 40 Maryland 37 Final Kansas 3 Duke 41 Final Arkansas 49 Texas Tech 28 Final Iowa State 20 Iowa 17 Final Minnesota 7 TCU 30 Final UTSA 13 Oklahoma State 43 Final Tennessee 10 4 Oklahoma 34 Final 12 UCLA 20 Texas 17