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WVU School Records Fall in Backyard Brawl


Numerous WVU school records fell during the Backyard Brawl. All but one of them were on the offensive side of the ball.

Stedman Bailey set a new school record for receiving yards in a season. He has racked up 1,117 yards on 60 catches. That broke David Saunders record of 1,043 yards in 1996.

"It's a great feeling," Bailey said. "I'm in the record book. We got a couple of games left and I will probably shatter it a little more. From the beginning of the season I knew what I was capable of doing. For me to do the things I've done. I kind of expect that. I just want to make plays and get a win. We did that and everything is going good."

Bailey will continue to add to his record mark through the final two games of the season. He better keep one eye on the rearview mirror. Tavon Austin is third all-time for receiving yards in a season with 1,009. Austin is just 35 yards shy of passing Saunders and 108 yards behind Bailey.

Austin set a different record in the Backyard Brawl. He now has 82 receptions on the season. That is a new school record passing the previous mark of 77 receptions held by Saunders and Shawn Foreman.

Quarterback Geno Smith also set a pair of records in the Brawl. He now holds the record for most pass completions in a season with 291. Marc Bulger previously held that record with 274 pass completions in 1998. Smith also set a record for most pass attempts in a season with 448 passing the previous mark held by Bulger with 419 attempts in 1998.

"It's an honor to be written down in the history books," Smith said. "To be mentioned with guys like Marc Bulger who played in the league and had great careers. These are guys that I look up to around here."

Defensive Lineman Julian Miller made his Senior Night memorable by recording four sacks in the game. That tied a school record previously set by James Davis, Gary Stills and Steve Hathaway. Miller did it on his birthday.

With two games remaining in the season, it is likely even more records will fall.

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