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September 16, 2012

Smith sets new career yards mark

LANDOVER, Md. — West Virginia made history in its 42-12 victory over James Madison on Saturday game … a lot of it.

Perhaps the most impressive thing was the Mountaineers set an all-time school record for most points scored in three consecutive games.

Going back to the Orange Bowl, when WVU scored 70 points, the Mountaineers have combined for 181 points … an incredible average of more than 60 a game in three games.

They added 69 to the total in the Marshall game that opened the season and then the 42 scored against James Madison set the record.

But there was more.

Quarterback Geno Smith broke Marc Bulger’s record for career passing yards.

Bulger, who went on to have an 11-year NFL career and is in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, had passed for 8,153 yards at the school.

With a 30-yard completion to Andrew Buie, Smith now has 8,191 yards and still has 10 or 11 games left in his career … and the way he’s going you have to believe he will add close to 4,000 more yards to the record.

And get this, Coach Dana Holgorsen has only had him for 15 games. Wait until he plays a quarterback three or four full years.

Smith is also just one pass completion from tying Bulger’s career record of 1,023.

And finally, Stedman Bailey caught 13 passes, to break the school single-game record. It was held by many, last by teammate Tavon Austin in the Orange Bowl game.


WVU wide receiver Tavon Austin entered the game needing eight catches to move past David Saunders and into the No. 2 spot in all-time receptions behind Jock Saunders, who had 209.

That normally is a healthy game’s worth of receptions but Austin had the catches plus one, to give him nine in the first half alone. He totaled 104 yards in the half, which sounds like a big total until you realiz Stedman Bailey had 126 yards in receptions with two touchdowns.

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