"But they did a good job,'' Smith said of the Rutgers defense. "They manned it up [not only against Urban, but every other potential target] and it was just me and the safety.''
Now that's not something that happens a lot. Smith has been WVU's starter for nearly two full years and he's run the ball plenty, although not this season. Yet he had never scored a rushing touchdown. He had to beat Rutgers safety Kevin Snyder in the open field.
He did. He put on a little head fake and ran toward the front corner of the end zone and had the angle all the way. He was hit hard as he lunged head-first across the goal line, but scored. Instead of being tied had they settled for the field goal, the Mountaineers led. They put it away with another touchdown a few minutes later.
Smith was just glad he had the chance to make any kind of fourth-down play, but he wasn't surprised.
"Fourth-and-one, game on the line, we're going to score. And the coaches know that,'' Smith said. "They're going to tell us when we're wrong and criticize us and critique our play, but when the game is on the line they also have the faith that we can get it done.''
BRIEFLY: The road gets no easier for West Virginia this week. At noon on Saturday, Louisville comes to Mountaineer Field on the heels of wins over the same two teams WVU just played. On Saturday the Cardinals pounded Syracuse, winning 27-10 over a team that had just pounded the Mountaineers.
"What is it, midnight?'' Holgorsen asked. "It feels like it's midnight.''
The timeout was finally called with one second to go, but holder Matt Molinari dropped the snap on what would have been a 36-yard Tyler Bitancurt field-goal attempt.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.