The West Virginia University Heisman Trophy hopeful Geno Smith made history Sept. 29 as he tied the Big-12 conference mark with eight touchdown passes and amassed 656 yards passing en route to 70-63 victory over the Baylor Bears in Morgantown, at the Mountaineer Homecoming.
In the game, records were set for most points scored in a game, as ranked by the Associated Press. The previous mark was 124 points, set in 1980 with #12 Oklahoma's 82-42 victory against Colorado.
Smith passed for more touchdowns (eight) than incompletions (six), and set a school record with 45-51 completions. The Bear quarterback, Nick Florence, was equally exciting, passing for 581 yards and five touchdown passes. His favorite receiver was Terrance Williams.
Ironically, Williams broke the Big-12 record of pass reception yardage (303), set moments earlier by WVU's Stedman Bailey.
The Mountaineers had three players each with double-digit catches and over 100 yards receiving. Bailey had 303 yards on 13 catches, while Shawne Alston tacked on 215 yards, and J.D. Woods snatched 13 passes for 114 yards.
In addition, WVU set a new school record of 807 total yards and the two teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense and 67 first downs. Both teams punted twice and totaled six penalties. WVU had 151 yards rushing, while the Bears added 119 yards. Mountaineer Andrew Buie led with 82 yards, while Smith rushed for 31 yards on five carries. Dustin Garrison netted 28 yards on three totes.
It doesn't get any easier for the Mountaineers next week, as they travel to take on the undefeated Texas Longhorns Saturday.