Smith's final count: 105 completions in 137 attempts (76.6 percent), 1,035 yards, eight touchdowns and nothing close to an interception. That computes to a 157.18 NCAA passer rating, a mark perhaps good enough to make the Heisman banquet.
The Herd couldn't beat Smith, so it had to admire him. Not only the defenders, but his south Florida counterpart Cato.
"He's doing what the best are doing in 'the league' right now," Cato said, referring to the NFL. "Great pocket composure, never takes his hand off the ball, finding time, eight, nine seconds in the pocket, just holding, holding the ball [before] taking off. Knowing when to run the ball, throw the ball out of bounds, not taking hits.
"Right now, he's just the perfect quarterback."
And that's not all Smith did.
After Travon Van's 4-yard touchdown got the Herd within 13-7 with 11:16 left in the first half, Smith got WVU rolling for a quick answer. He hit J.D. Woods for 12 and 13 yards, then handed off to Buie for 18, down to the Marshall 24-yard line.
He dropped back to pass, looked around for a target, then slipped a handoff to Buie, who could have crawled the 24 yards to the end zone. The Herd's defense was sucked in, spread out and red-faced by that sleight of hand.
"We knew that, here and there, they'd throw the draw on us, but we didn't know it was going to turn into anything that big," Bazzie said. "They really executed and gained some positive yards out of that. You've got to applaud them for that.
"Geno's such a threat that you would think that once he dropped back into throwing that he's going to sling it. And then he surprised me with the draw. When you've got a dual-threat quarterback like that, you don't know how to handle it. He caught us by surprise on that."
That was the theme on a long, fruitless afternoon for the Marshall defense.
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