MORGANTOWN - Aside from the obvious on-the-field benefits, one of the pluses of having perhaps the nation's most dynamic offense is that it draws attention. People want to talk about it.
And in the world of college football, where a high profile can only mean good things in terms of rankings and recruiting, having people talking about your program is a good thing.
Then again, some things Dana Holgorsen would prefer be left unsaid and under the radar. And that includes perhaps one of the most amazing statistics generated this season by Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense.
There aren't many things Smith has yet to do this season as the nation's top-rated passer and early front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, and the one thing that is absent from his resume everyone would prefer remain that way.
In five games he has yet to throw an interception. Actually, the streak goes back six games and includes January's Orange Bowl. It has now reached 258 passes, which for many quarterbacks constitutes a full season.
But shhhhh, Holgorsen says. Don't bring it up.
"The first step is to not talk about it,'' Holgorsen said. "But obviously when it comes to [the media], you're going to want to talk about it.''
Well, yes. Everyone wants to talk about it. It's right up there with the 656 yards and eight touchdowns against Baylor among the talking points that have served to grow the legend. Everyone knows about it and everyone talks about it.
Well, almost everyone.
"I'm aware of it, but I don't think about it,'' Smith said. "I don't go out there and try not to throw interceptions. I just play the game.''
For the record, the date on which Smith last threw an interception is rapidly approaching its anniversary. It was Dec. 1, 2011 - seven weeks shy of a year ago - and Smith needs no help remembering it. JaQuez Jenkins, a sophomore safety at South Florida, not only stepped in front of a short pass by Smith, he ran it back 24 yards for a touchdown.
It was Smith's second pick of the night - after he'd gone four straight games without one, by the way - and gave the Bulls a 27-20 lead. It would have kept West Virginia out of the Orange Bowl - imagine how the entire off-season might have been altered - had WVU not rallied, including a miraculous fourth-down pitch and catch between Smith and Stedman Bailey to set up Tyler Bitancurt's game-winning field goal that night in Tampa.
Again, for the record, since that interception by Jenkins, Smith is 206-for-258 (79.8 percent) for 1,485 yards, 30 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
At some point, doesn't that streak become almost overwhelming? Again, Holgorsen just went back to, in essence, denying it exists.
"We don't talk about it,'' Holgorsen said. "We talk about completions and putting the ball where you need to be putting the ball. From whatever play we're in, if his job is to go here, here and here, then he needs to go here, here and here and throw it to the open guy. The protection's got to be good and we have to run the ball well to keep some heat off of Geno as far as having to throw the ball into eight people who are dropping. And when the ball's in the air, it's up to the receiver to attack it and makes sure it is ours and not theirs.