MORGANTOWN - There were plenty of eye-opening moments for West Virginia Saturday night when the Mountaineers hosted now-No. 1 LSU.
Some were moments WVU would like to forget, like turning the ball over four times, struggling mightily on special teams and losing by four touchdowns.
And then there was West Virginia's offensive performance.
Quarterback Geno Smith gets much of the credit for the Mountaineers' 533 total yards against one of the country's best defenses. He shattered school records for passes, completions and yards.
But the biggest revelation might have had to do with at least a couple of West Virginia's receivers.
Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey had already put up some gaudy numbers this season. But they'd not done it against the likes of LSU cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne.
"Those two guys stood out. They elevated their game,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday. "They were toe-to-toe with LSU's top two defensive players, Mathieu and Claiborne. They went toe-to-toe with those guys and they didn't back down.
"It was fun to watch. I've got a lot of respect for LSU and what kind of team they've got and the kind of athletic ability they've got. To see Stedman and Tavon step up and make as many plays or more than they did was exciting to see.''
How good were LSU's cornerbacks? Well, Claiborne was the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week after the Tigers beat Mississippi State. Mathieu won the same award for his performance against West Virginia, which included an interception in the backfield and a forced fumble in the open field.
But there was also a flip side to that. Playing primarily against those two corners, Austin had 11 catches for 187 yards. Bailey caught eight passes for 115 yards.
And these weren't average cornerbacks being burned in a pass-happy system. They were two of the best.
Perhaps it's time to consider Austin and Bailey in that category, too. Not that Smith didn't already.