The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

November 17, 2012

Geno likes matchup with OU quarterback

MORGANTOWN — Geno Smith of West Virginia (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) is looking forward to his matchup with Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones tonight.

A capacity crowd of about 60,000 is expected. The Big 12 contest will start at 7 p.m. The Sooners (7-2, 5-1) are favored by 10 1/2 points. The action will be nationally televised by FOX.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior, said he has followed Jones’ career and cherishes this opportunity to compete against him.

“Landry is a guy who has done a great job since he took over from Sam Bradford,” the Mountaineer star said. “He could’ve entered the (NFL) draft and have been one of the higher picks.

“But he chose to stay with his teammates, and I respect him for that. He’s a great quarterback. And he’s done some really good things for his team last season and this season.

“I just look forward to go out there and compete, and show improvement myself.”

Smith, who ranks No. 2 in the conference, has completed 285 of 400 passes for 3,041 yards and 31 touchdowns this year. He has three interceptions.

Jones, No. 4 among league passers, has connected on 226 of 345 passes for 2,691 yards and 18 TDs. He has been intercepted seven times.

Tavon Austin of WVU is the top receiver in the Big 12 with 96 catches, 968 yards and 11 touchdowns. Teammate Stedman Bailey is third at 75-1,055-16.

Kenny Stills of Oklahoma leads the Sooners with 45 catches, 682 yards and six scores.

OU’s Damien Williams is the conference’s third-best rusher with 113 carries for 687 yards and nine TDs. WVU sophomore Andrew Buie stands sixth with 646 yards and five touchdowns on 140 rushes.

Austin remains No. 1 in all-purpose yards with 1,740. His average is 193.3 yards per game.

Dana Holgorsen, WVU’s second-year head coach, said, “Oklahoma is going to be a tremendous challenge. They are very sound and very physical.”

Bob Stoops is in his 14th year as the head coach at Oklahoma. His record there is 147-35, but he’s 0-1 against West Virginia.

Offensively, West Virginia shows a slight edge in most of the statistics:

Points for nine games total 360 to Oklahoma’s 358; first downs 227 to 230; total offense average per game is 480.2 to 485.6; net rushing per game 132.7 to 176.0; and net passing per game 347.6 to 309.6.

Defensively, the Mountaineers trail OU in most major stats:

Average points given up by WVU 41.4 per game to 19.6; first downs 209 to 156; total defense per game average 479.8 to 325.2; net rushing yards per game 134.6 to 155.0: and net passing per game 345.2 to 170.2.

WVU has seven interceptions to OU’s nine, and fumbles/recoveries is 14/7 to 6/2.

1
Text Only
College Sports
  • Miners stop Lorain County 5-1

    The West Virginia Miners received a strong outing from starting pitcher Patrick LaGanke, and scored one run in each of the final five innings to defeat the Lorain County Ironmen 5-1 Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Some topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers

    July 25, 2014

  • 072514 WVU Replacing Sims a challenge for WVU

    Every year, almost every college football preview publication available lists one key statistic that most use to evaluate the prospects for any given football team — returning starters.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU’s Worley clear starter at cornerback

    There were few bright spots in West Virginia University’s 4-8 football campaign last year, and even fewer on the defensive side of the football, where the Mountaineers gave up more than 455 yards and 33 points per game.

    July 24, 2014

  • Holgorsen to appear on ESPN special

    West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear Wednesday on ESPN’s annual mid-summer college football coaches’ “car wash” — in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day.

    July 23, 2014

  • Holgorsen: WVU getting comfortable in new league

    Dana Holgorsen remembers the glory days of West Virginia University football — the ones that included conference championships and BCS bowl wins. In fact, he was part of one of those, leading the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and an Orange Bowl victory in his first season as head coach in 2011.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 miners Miners take series with Paints

    The way the West Virginia Miners see it, they don’t have the luxury of planning for tomorrow.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU's Fleming signs with Yankees

    Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.

    July 22, 2014

  • WVU to kickoff 2018 season against Tennessee in Charlotte

    The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced Tuesday morning that it has secured a regular season college football game for the city of Charlotte pitting the University of Tennessee against West Virginia University.

    July 22, 2014

  • Can summit of bigwigs really solve college athletics issues?

    I see where the Big 12 Conference is going to host in New York City what will be titled “A State of College Athletics Forum.”

    July 22, 2014

Saints Training Camp