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Fun With Numbers For WVU


West Virginia University coaches and players said it would not happen every game. They said it was the result of good things happening on all sides of the ball. But what Dana Holgorsen and the rest of the Mountaineers did to Marshall is nearly a carbon copy of what they did to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

Those crazy numbers WVU put up against Clemson are even more ridiculous when you combine them with the stats from the game against Marshall.

Take a look at what WVU accomplished as a team in its past two games:

Scored 139 Total Points
18 Touchdowns in 2 Games
1,244 Yards of Total Offense
731 Pass Yards
513 Rush Yards
62 First Downs
Forced Six Turnovers
Scored Two Defensive Touchdowns
15 of 24 Third Down Conversions (62.5%)
12 of 13 scores in Red Zone

Break those numbers down to individual statistics and it is equally remarkable:

Geno Smith 64-79 Passing for 730 Yards, 10 TD, 0 INT, 91 Rush Yards, 2 TD
Shawne Alston 400 Rush Yards, 4 TD
Stedman Bailey 14 Receptions for 186 Yards, 3 TD
Tavon Austin 22 Receptions for 176 Receiving Yards, 5 TD, 106 Rush Yards
Andrew Buie 125 Rush Yards, 1 TD, 63 Receiving Yards

As you might expect, WVU players are rewriting the record books. Geno Smith now holds school records for career pass completions (650) and touchdown passes (60). Smith is second in total offense (8,036 yards) and passing yards (7,780 yards).

Tavon Austin continues to climb on the career record list for receivers. Austin is third in receptions (184), fourth in receiving yards (2,177 yards) and fifth in touchdown receptions (18).

Stedman Bailey joins Austin on many of those same lists. Bailey is second in 100-yard receiving games (8), fifth in touchdown receptions (18) and is No. 13 in receptions (105).

Sure, these are two games that span two different seasons. However, the key contributors are exactly the same. That is why Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will be at or near the top of the school record lists by the time their college careers are over.

WVU has this week off before returning to action September 15 against James Madison University at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland.

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