"He stacks up with a lot of the other guys I've had in the past,'' Holgorsen said of Smith and referring to former pupils Graham Harrell (Texas Tech), Case Keenum (Houston) and Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State). "But ultimately he's going to be remembered for how many games he wins.
"If you look back at some of the guys in the past, Graham Harrell back four years ago at Texas Tech was a good player but they won 11 games his senior year. Case Keenum, they won 12 or 13 games last year. Brandon Weeden last year at Oklahoma State, I think they won 15 games last year or whatever it was.
"So ultimately he's going to be remembered for how many games he can win, and Geno's got the ability to make everybody else around him better.''
And finally, a couple of leftover notes from Holgorsen:
I felt obliged to ask: What did he do at halftime?
"I went out and listened to the concert,'' he deadpanned. Someone immediately mentioned that it was the group Train.
"Yeah, I'm a big fan of Train.''
"It's good to see him back. He's good for the game,'' Holgorsen said. "Plus, he's not a very good announcer.''
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