West Virginia and Geno Smith proved a good defense really is no match for their offensive capability. I don’t know what they expected to do against West Virginia, but it seemed like people thought the Mountaineers would only score 21 points. Fans and critics scoffed at Baylor and the Bears took the brunt of the skepticism of why West Virginia scored so much. Baylor was undefeated just like Texas was prior to their game. The pressure Texas applied to Geno Smith did help, but it certainly didn’t come close to stopping the West Virginia train. The Longhorns caused Geno to fumble on some excellent defensive plays, yet they were unable to force Geno into any throwing mistakes. At the end, West Virginia came away from Austin with a 48-45 win.

If this is the best teams can do against Geno Smith, then the Mountaineers may find themselves in the national title game. After scoring in the opening two minutes, a hush fell over the pro Texas crowd. Although Geno Smith had a great game, Texas’ scheme forced West Virginia to run the ball a lot. That front line dominance didn’t transfer into the running game. Andrew Buie had over 200 yards rushing on Saturday. They attacked the Longhorns with balance and proved they are more than a one trick pony. read more…

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