If you missed West Virginia’s win at home against Baylor yesterday, then you missed probably the most exciting game of the season so far. Offensive was on display and defense was nowhere to be found, as the Mountaineers pulled out a 70-63 win over the Bears. Both quarterbacks threw for over 550 yards, while WVU QB Geno Smith continued his amazing campaign towards the 2012 Heisman trophy, adding over almost 700 yards and eight touchdowns to his stat total this year.
Analysts and odds makers expected a high-scoring affair, as the over/under was set at 83 points, but nobody could believe their eyes looking at the final score or the final stat line for both offenses.
Baylor, who came into today’s game 3-0 and ranked 25th in the country, covered the spread, but amazingly lost after scoring 63 points and putting up 700 yards of total offense. Quarterback Tyler Florence had a career night with 581 yards and five touchdowns, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
“We expect to score that many points a game,” Florence told ESPN. “But the goal is to score more than our opponent and we came up a little short today.”
Geno Smith was already regarded as a serious contender for college’s most prestigious individual trophy, but after completing 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns Saturday, Smith is the undeniable frontrunner for the award.
“Can you please tell me how you can improve on that?” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen asked ESPN.com.
The Mountaineers were obviously happy to improve to 4-0 on the season, winning their Big-12 debut, but they cannot be pleased with their defense, which got scorched this week. Numerous team records were shattered on both sides, including Baylor’s single game receiving mark, as Terrance Williams’ 314 yards was also good enough for the best Big-12 receiving game of all-time.
It’s still unclear whether West Virginia can contend for a Big-12 title this season, but what is clear is that Geno Smith cannot be stopped. After yesterday’s win, he brings his season totals to 1072 yards and 20 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. He has also completed over 80% of his passes after four games this year.
Matt Barkley started the season as the Heisman favorite with odds at 3/1, while Smith was at 8/1. That will certainly change after this week and although there are many tough games remaining on the schedule of WVU, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to jump on the Smith bandwagon after witnessing what happened yesterday.