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November 6, 2011

Lots of yards in losses becoming common for WVU

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith had another of those games that are becoming the norm around these parts under Dana Holgorsen:

A total of 410 passing yards, the fifth-best game in WVU history, moving him past Chad Johnston and Pat White with 6,197 career passing yards and into second place behind Marc Bulger.

Three touchdown passes, giving him 48 for his career and third place on the all-time WVU list.

But it really didn’t matter because West Virginia did not win.

While bowl eligible, they are in a deep hole at 2-2 in the Big East, for what figures to be their three toughest games remain ahead of them — at Cincinnati, at home against Pitt, at South Florida.

Things have to change, and Smith knows it.

“I’m not going to call us losers, but we’re not doing what it takes to win,” he said.

Mistakes beat the Mountaineers, big, glaring mistakes like 11- and 12-yard punts and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, the fourth touchdown WVU special teams have given up this year.

“We’ve got to fight, man,” Smith said of the way to correct the problem. “We’ve got to avoid negativity. We have to become closer as teammates. We have to become closer to our coaches. We have to develop that knack to win at all costs.

“It’s frustrating. You’d think we figured it out by now, but we have a lot of growing to do. We have to work at it.”

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Wide receiver Stedman Bailey had a career-high eight receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, his sixth 100-yard game in the past seven.

In addition, Bailey has scored six TDs in the past six games.

WVU now has had 11 100-yard receiving games this year. Think about this — the Mountaineers had managed only nine in the previous five seasons.

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