Marshall then took over at the 2 and drove 98 yards for a touchdown.
Smith is beginning to carve his name into the school's all-time records list.
He already dominates the single-season charts, of course, after setting marks for attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns passing in 2011. But now he's started erasing Marc Bulger's career marks.
On Saturday he passed Bulger for career completions (630). He also threw his 60th touchdown pass, which is one more than Bulger.
And in the next game or two he will pass Bulger in career passing yards. He needs 374 more yards, which should come against James Madison in two weeks or Maryland the week after that.
Smith has a way to go, though, for the career total offense record - 2,494 more yards. That one's not owned by Bulger, but by dual-threat quarterback Pat White, whose rushing yards far surpass any quarterback in school history.
BRIEFLY: Cody Clay, the George Washington grad, was a surprise starter in Saturday's opener. Clay was expected to play and did, mainly as a tight-end type who can line up as an inside receiver or in the backfield. Because the opening play was one in which he fills that role, he was in the lineup. ... Austin is getting close to the all-time record for career receptions. He has 184 and needs 23 more to pass Jock Sanders (206). ... West Virginia seemed well on its way to setting a school record for total yards in a game before letting off the gas. At halftime the Mountaineers had 413 and at the end of the third quarter 584. The record is 674, which has stood since a 1923 game against Washington & Lee. They finished with 655, gaining just 71 in the fourth quarter.
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