Sunday, October 7, 2012
WVU offense puts up Texas-sized numbers
By ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Eric GayOnce again, the West Virginia Mountaineers offense was nearly unstoppable.
Andrew Buie ran for more than 200 yards against Texas.
Geno Smith’s numbers are staggering: After a 268-yard, four-touchdown performance, he has 24 passing touchdowns, 1,996 passing yards, 204 attempts, and not a single interception this season.
Smith (204 attempts) is closing in on Trent Dilfer’s FBS single-season record of 271 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Dating back to last season, Smith has 258 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, 121 attempts shy of Russell Wilson’s FBS record set in 2008-09.
Smith is the first quarterback to throw four passing touchdowns and no interceptions against Texas since Chad Henne did so for Michigan in 2005.
And how about the WVU receiving core? Tavon Austin had 10 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. He’s had at least 10 receptions and a receiving touchdown in six straight games dating back to last season. No FBS player has done that since at least 2004.
Fellow wide receiver Stedman Bailey had three receiving touchdowns. He has 13 this season, easily the most in FBS. Bailey has eight in the last two games alone. If Bailey remains on his current pace, he’ll surpass the FBS record of 27 receiving touchdowns by Troy Edwards in 1998.
But it wasn’t just the Mountaineers’ passing game. Running back Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards, the most rushing yards by a Mountaineer in a conference game since Pat White had 220 rushing yards and Steve Slaton had 215 against Pittsburgh in 2006.
Texas snapped a 57-game win streak when winning the turnover battle, its first loss with fewer turnovers since 2002 against Oklahoma.
The 45 points are the most Texas has ever scored in a loss in program history.
But perhaps the loss shouldn’t be so surprising for Texas. The Longhorns have now lost eight straight games against AP Top 25 teams.