MORGANTOWN - By the time Geno Smith was taken out of his final game at Mountaineer Field early in the fourth quarter Saturday, he'd accomplished pretty much everything he could have hoped for.
Pretty much, but not entirely.
There was, of course, West Virginia's resounding 59-10 rout of a Kansas team (1-11, 0-9 Big 12) that, in its final effort, proved that the previous 10 were no flukes. That the Jayhawks were not even competitive is to put it mildly.
There was Smith's individual performance, which was one for the record books on so many levels. He completed 23 of his 24 pass attempts for 407 yards and three touchdowns. Not a one of his throws hit the ground, the only blemish coming on a first-quarter interception.
"Sure, it could have been better,'' Smith said after tying the NCAA record for completion percentage (95.8) with a minimum of 20 attempts. "I didn't need to throw that interception.''
The fact is Smith and the WVU offense couldn't have played any better. Had the game been close, they would have approached or exceeded all the records they set in a 70-63 win over Baylor at the end of September, which, by the way, was also the last time the Mountaineers won a home game. As it was, the offense produced 647 total yards, had two 100-yard receivers (Stedman Bailey, 11-159, and Tavon Austin, 4-110) and a 100-yard rusher (Andrew Buie, 12-100).
The Mountaineers didn't punt until 99 seconds remained in the game and averaged over nine yards per snap.
Still, by the time Smith was able to sit down and reflect on his performance, one regret stuck out that perhaps only he would think to consider after all that.
"I probably would have gotten Ryan Nehlen into the end zone,'' Smith said when asked what he might have done differently in his last game at Mountaineer Field. "But the one chance he had, Stedman didn't block for him. That's on him.''
Well, indeed, that might have been nice on this senior-centric day. As it was, the one time Smith did get the ball to fellow senior Nehlen, on a wide receiver screen at the Kansas 5-yard line, he had no blocking and was dumped for a yard loss.