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Holy offense: WVU needs 70 points to beat Baylor

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You know the joke “and West Virginia just scored again”? Well, the Mountaineers needed it today.

WVU’s inaugural Big 12 game had all the beautiful points it was promised to have… and then some.

The over/under heading into today’s game was set at 84. That went bye-bye about midway through the third quarter as No. 9 WVU had to outlast — yes, outlast — No. 25 Baylor, 70-63. The two teams were knotted up at 35 at the half, with the final touchdown coming with no time left on the clock as Nick Florence completed a wild pass to Lanear Sampson, who then ran the majority of 67 yards for a touchdown.

Smith, rightfully so, is going to get the buzz after today’s game with 656 passing yards and eight touchdowns (both school records). Additionally, he had another day where he threw more touchdowns than incompletions (six). But enough cannot be said about Florence, who had 587 yards of his own through the air, and Bears receiver Terrance Williams, who led all receivers with 314 yards.

Likewise, enough can’t be said about how awful both defenses look. This game featured two of the best receiving units in the Big 12, but please, somebody teach someone how to tackle.

Such is life in the Big 12, apparently. Welcome, WVU. Looks like you’ll fit right in.

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26 Responses to “Holy offense: WVU needs 70 points to beat Baylor”
  1. bertenheim says: Sep 29, 2012 2:45 PM

    Defense wins championships.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 29, 2012 3:07 PM

    Offense wins games. (to provide the other side)

    If you like “run and gun,” “run and shoot” offenses, these two teams are putting up the numbers and yards. Whew!

    I can maybe handle one or two of these types of games a season…usually I love a good defensive struggle, but I am enjoying this game for today.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Sep 29, 2012 3:12 PM

    Great game. Welcome to the Big 12. It would be nice to actually see a DB cover a receiver a couple of times a game. Oh wow! WV just scored AGAIN. 63-49 with about 12 minutes left. Geno has the Heisman sewn up.

  4. wvuandsteelers says: Sep 29, 2012 4:07 PM

    Our defense is horrible. Missed tackles. Blown coverage. We probably have 3 first round draft picks on offense. I’m not sure we have a draftable player on defense. We need to recruit better on that side of the ball.

    But I would have to say the only team that might have a better offense is Oregon. 656 Yards, 8TD, 6 incompletions. INSANE!!

  5. latchbeam says: Sep 29, 2012 4:32 PM

    I would hope Smith would get the buzz!?! He was 45-51 for 656 yards 8TDs and 0 int… 2 drops and a throwaway. One of the best statistical and efficient games ever played by a QB. Enough cannot be said about Smith…

  6. normtide says: Sep 29, 2012 4:52 PM

    If WVU had just a decent defense, they would be very scary. The good news is that offense alone will usually get them by till they find the defense.

  7. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 29, 2012 4:56 PM

    Tennessee should move to the BIG TXII. They don’t have a defense either.

  8. chuckiesez says: Sep 29, 2012 5:00 PM

    Smith is amazing, but what happens if they run into a defense? He has my vote, but they have not faced a good defense yet. Only then can he lock up the trophy.

  9. truefootballinsight says: Sep 29, 2012 5:08 PM

    He put up serious numbers against LSU last year, I’d consider them real on D, however they lost for a reason. Offense only football is not sustainable. The Baylor DL was just stagnant

  10. thefiesty1 says: Sep 29, 2012 5:10 PM

    I just hope Texas learns to cover and tackle before next Saturday. If Texas tackles like the have in games against the 3sisters of the poor Geno may put up another 70.

  11. linedrivehit says: Sep 29, 2012 5:33 PM

    And yet, a team with a great defense from the SEC keeps winning the National Championship. Until the Big 12 learns to play defense…

  12. deucez2 says: Sep 29, 2012 5:50 PM

    I’m not saying WVU could beat Bama or LSU, but I’d love to see them play.

  13. dcfair03 says: Sep 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    WV Best in Nation, Nobody can stop them and they will outscore anybody they play.

  14. huskylawyer says: Sep 29, 2012 6:34 PM

    Smith should be drafted ahead of Barkley. He is superior in almost all aspects of the game: accuracy, arm strength, mobility, etc. He also is just as “cerebral” as Barkley is in that he’s a smart guy, good student, etc. His numbers are just insane.

  15. deucez2 says: Sep 29, 2012 6:35 PM


    You’ve obviously been drinking all day, leading up to, and during the game. Don’t drink and post on the internet. Statements like that make you sound silly.

  16. deucez2 says: Sep 29, 2012 6:37 PM

    And lets pump the brakes on Geno Smith being the second coming of Christ. WV played Baylor. That team will finish with a defense ranked in the 80 to 100 range.

  17. huskylawyer says: Sep 29, 2012 6:45 PM


    You do realize that in 2011, Smith passed for 463 yards and 2 scores against LSU last year….

    Just sayin’

  18. dcfair03 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:15 PM


    I don’t drink……. only the cool aid….. 45 of 51, 8 TD’s….90% of QBs can’t do that with no defense on the field…..WV last year best in the Big East, in the Orange bowl beat the best ACC team by 37 points 70 to 33, played LSU a lot tougher than the score, in only Dana Holgorsen’s 4th game as a head coach….defense is over rated points on the scoreboard is only indication of w’s and l’s, Geno has 26 td’s to 0 int. last 5 games, 84% comp rate…name one Qb with numbers like that.? ever? More cool aid!!

  19. billsboy88 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:20 PM

    Geno is a freak of nature

  20. wvucolumbus says: Sep 29, 2012 7:24 PM

    I am really happy for Geno. He truly deserves all of his success. Couldn’t happen to a better kid.

    If you think (specifically dcfair03) of what you write then you are truly a fool. There will be games when Geno is just not “going to have it”. Also, the offensive and defensive line for Texas will give us fits. I predict a loss to the Longhorns in Austin.

    That being said, we still have a shot at a really nice season w/ this incredible offense.

  21. manchestermiracle says: Sep 29, 2012 7:27 PM

    How in the hell do you give up 63 points and get a top ten ranking? Wow, what a joke.

  22. manchestermiracle says: Sep 29, 2012 8:09 PM

    Just watched the highlights. Baylor had no rush and no coverage. Baylor’s DBs looked like they had cement overshoes on. A high school quarterback could have thrown 8 TDs against that sorry excuse for a defense.

  23. dkernwvu says: Sep 29, 2012 11:15 PM

    @ machestermiracle and others

    Why can’t the kid have a great day without mindless nay-sayers undercutting him by pointing out Baylor’s weak defense? Furthermore, what does WVU have to do as program to gain more respect, nationally? They have won three BCS bowl games in six years against Georgia, Oklahoma, and Clemson. If Gino played anywhere else he’d be universally adored. You, manchester look like a petty fool. But i’m sure you LOVE the WORSHIPPED SEC where LSU gave up 22 to F***ing Towson. Towson. Thing about that for a moment. Its an inner city Bmore school with less than 10,000 kids.

  24. manchestermiracle says: Sep 30, 2012 12:22 AM


    Got nothing against Smith, stop getting your panties so wadded up. My beef is with all the commentary (here and elsewhere) about how suddenly he’s the Heisman honey after torching the equivalent of a beer-league defense. Let’s see what he can do next week against Texas, then you can whoop it up. And good luck with K-State and Oklahoma.

    What does WVU need to do to gain national respect? Get a defense and don’t rest on the past. “Universally adored?” Get over yourself. No player is adored anywhere but at his own school, by his own fans.

    Thanks for the compliment. And you wonder why WVU gets no respect. No, actually, I can’t stand the over-hyped, under-tested SEC. Towson? Looking at the Mountaineers defense I’m thinking Towson could have put up 6 or 7 TDs themselves….

  25. jdillydawg says: Sep 30, 2012 12:37 AM

    Art Briles should take a lesson from Steve Sarkissian and fire his entire defensive coaching team. It seems to be working out for UW (ok, LSU aside). If Baylor had the defense to match its offense, they’d probably be a Top 10 team.

  26. dkernwvu says: Sep 30, 2012 12:15 PM


    So how tightly do you have to tie yourself down to keep from blowing away, strawman?

    “How in the hell do you give up 63 points and get a top ten ranking? Wow, what a joke.”

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    manchestermiracle says:
    Sep 29, 2012 8:09 PM
    “Just watched the highlights. Baylor had no rush and no coverage. Baylor’s DBs looked like they had cement overshoes on. A high school quarterback could have thrown 8 TDs against that sorry excuse for a defense.”

    That was simply about the Heisman race?

    And to clarify what I meant by “nationally respected,” that I thought i made abundantly clear, is the scrutiny some schools get that others don’t simply because of pedigree. Very few schools have had the postseason success over the last several years that WVU has and they need to start being viewed with the benefit of the doubt that schools like Notre Dame, Ohio St., and Penn St. do. Now before you go ranting nonsensically, let me clarify that as well. I am NOT saying that WVU is on par with those schools in every single way, shape and form but year after year these seems get favoritism in the ratings because they have earned benefit of the doubt. I use those schools in particular because over the last five years they have clearly benefited from a biased press. Ohio St. who I fucking hate, has proven themselves to date but was in the 20’s to start the season. After two wins against lackluster teams they catapulted to as high as 12 in some polls. Furthermore, for three or four strait years between 2005 and now ND and Penn State began the year in the 25 and ended out of it. In the case of Penn State it was a times as high as the top 15 before they played a game.

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