"What are you doing?'' Madsen thought. "What's going on? I had no idea.''
Keep in mind, this is a team that runs even its victory formation - those clock-killing kneel-downs at the end of a game - from the shotgun. And there was Smith with his hands under center in the middle of a game.
"I looked under my legs to get the signal. We're all screaming, 'What's the play? What's the play?' '' Madsen recalled. "And he's just saying, 'Hurry up! Hurry up!' And I'm screaming, 'Yeah, but what's the play?'
"And finally I look again and I see [Smith's hands]. I thought, 'All right.' ''
Madsen eventually got the idea and snapped the ball. Smith went nowhere, although he did bounce out of the pile - sans helmet - and run forward after the whistle had blown.
"We've never worked on that,'' Smith said. "That was something I totally ad libbed and it turned out that it didn't work for us.
"Everyone was like, 'What's going on?' I took the snap and the tackles started pass-setting and my guard just stood there. It was kind of like I tried to go one against 11. It didn't turn out good.''
No, but it was worth the effort, if for no other reason than comic relief.
I had a couple of questions posed to me Monday about the BCS standings, in which West Virginia is No. 15. The most common regarded the Sagarin ratings, one of the six computer rankings used in the BCS formula.
If you look at the regular Sagarin ratings in USA Today, you will find West Virginia No. 14. But in the BCS, the Mountaineers are listed as No. 19 by Sagarin.
The reason is that the BCS doesn't allow margin of victory to be used in any of its computer ratings. And that's a component of the Sagarin ratings.
So Jeff Sagarin does a separate list for the BCS, minus the margin of victory element. And almost every team is affected by it.
For instance, Clemson is No. 9 in the base Sagarin ratings, but jumps up to No. 3 when margin of victory is subtracted. Stanford, on the other hand, is No. 8 in the straight Sagarin ratings, but drops all the way to No. 15 in the one used by the BCS.
In other words, no, it's not a conspiracy.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.