The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

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.”

o o o o o o

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.

Text Only
WVU Sports
  • WVU takes first step Thursday

    Perhaps the most used – and least factual – cliché in sports is as follows:
    “There’s no tomorrow.”
     

    July 30, 2014

  • Must WVU defense carry offense in ’14?

    The other day the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story under the following headline:
     

    July 30, 2014

  • smallwood-wendell(1)-2.jpg Charges against Smallwood dropped

     West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.
    It took him only three words to say what was on his mind: “God is Good.” Smallwood is now free to return to West Virginia and rejoin his Mountaineer teammates when they open camp for the 2014 season Thursday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charges against Smallwood dropped

    West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.

    July 29, 2014

  • Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?

    I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
    But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.

    July 28, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
    This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.

    July 27, 2014

  • Seider's brother commits to WVU

    West Virginia University’s football team has received a commitment from one of its own.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides much optimism heading into 2014 season

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps

    A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.
    The criticism was not unfounded, of course, although behind each incomplete pass there was the pain Trickett was suffering through to throw it, his rotator cuff in need of surgery.

    July 26, 2014

  • Forsey posts Top 10 finish at World Championships

    Freshman Jillian Forsey of the West Virginia University cross country team finished ninth at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
    Forsey, a native of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, was representing Team Canada. She was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in the women’s 5,000-meter run, finishing in ninth place overall in 16:02.55.

    July 26, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos