In his last two games, Smith is 64 of 79 for 730 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ended his career against Marshall 105 of 137 for 1,035 yards, eight touchdowns and no picks.
Even Holgorsen admitted he's never seen anything quite like what Smith did Saturday, not just passing, but from a quarterbacking standpoint.
"He managed the game as well as anybody I've ever been around,'' said Holgorsen, whose past quarterbacks include Graham Harrell, Case Keenum and Brandon Weeden.
This was far from a one-man show, though. Tavon Austin caught 10 passes and was pretty much bottled on those, gaining just 53 yards - the little tip passes he scored on four times against Clemson went nowhere - but he ran an end-around 70 yards and then stayed in the game and caught two straight passes to score, accounting for all 83 yards in a three-play drive. He finished with 173 all-purpose yards.
Stedman Bailey also picked right up where he left off last season, catching nine passes for 104 yards, his eighth 100-yard game, one shy of David Saunders' school record. His first touchdown pretty much set the tone when he leaped and caught a 32-yarder from Smith in the end zone.
And then there was the running game, which figured to be better but nothing like this. Shawne Alston was relentless in running through tacklers and gained 123 yards. Andrew Buie not only added 80 more rushing yards, but also caught four passes. And Smith had eight carries for those 65 yards, more carries than he had in any game last year and more yards than he's ever had.
"That's about as balanced as you can possibly be,'' Holgorsen said. "And it starts with the guys up front. They played as well as they have since I've been here.''
But as good as the offense was, there were areas of concern elsewhere. Marshall ran a staggering 101 plays and gained 545 yards. The Herd controlled the ball for 33 minutes and completed 38 passes (in 56 attempts).
But in truth, that can be overcome by an offense that scores even more and a defense that creates turnovers. The Mountaineers on Saturday not only forced two turnovers, they pretty much scored with both. Terence Garvin sacked Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and forced a fumble that Isaiah Bruce - who also had 16 tackles - returned 43 yards for a touchdown. Later, linebacker Doug Rigg intercepted a pass and ran it back to the MU 3 to set up an easy score.
"They played hard. They gave up some plays, but they also got two turnovers,'' Holgorsen said of his defense. "As far as how many yards we gave up, I'm not going to worry about that.''
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