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RECORD-BREAKING

October 1, 2012
By John Wickline Staff Writer (sports@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith was named Sunday as the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, following a record-setting day in the Mountaineers' 70-63 win over Baylor.

Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in the game, which marked WVU's debut into the Big 12 Conference. The eight touchdown passes tied a Big 12 record. Smith completed 45 of 51 passes with no interceptions and three WVU receivers had more than 100 receiving yards.

Smith's 45 completions were both WVU records, as was a stretch of 14 straight pass completions done in the second quarter. The eight touchdown passes is also a school record, as Smith bettered his own mark of six set in the 2012 Orange Bowl.

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The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
West Virginia University receiver Stedman Bailey (3) scores a touchdown despite the efforts of Baylor defensive back K.J. Morton (8). Bailey caught five touchdown passes in the Mountaineers’ win, which made him the all-time school leader in touchdown receptions.

Other Mountaineer records set in Saturday's game include Stedman Bailey's 303 receiving yards. Bailey also became the Mountaineers' all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 26. Teammate Tavon Austin is second with 24. Austin is also WVU's all-time receiving yardage leader with 2,684 yards. He had 215 receiving yards in the game. The previous school standard had been 209 yards, accomplished by Chris Henry against Syracuse in 2003.

Bailey and Austin now both hold the school record with 10 game of 100 or more receiving yards.

Austin broke his own record, set last week against Maryland, by catching 14 passes. He and Bailey are the first pair of teammates to have more than 200 yards receiving in the same game since 2007 when Texas Tech's Danny Amendola and Michael Crabtree combined for the feat.

With J.D. Woods having 114 receiving yards, it marked the first time since Sept. 17, 2011, in a win over Maryland that WVU had three receivers top the century mark.

 
 

 

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