"There are a lot of things that go into it that we coach. And we will continue to coach those.''
Without talking about the streak.
Again, for the record, well, the record for consecutive passes thrown without an interception is still way out there. Russell Wilson, when he was playing at N.C. State, threw 379 passes without having one picked off. That took him all or parts of 14 games over two seasons. It would likely be three games before Smith would have a chance at that one.
The mark for passes thrown in a single season without an interception, though, is closer. Trent Dilfer threw 271 for Fresno State in 1993. Smith has thrown 204 passes this season without an interception, so he's still not likely to have a chance at that one Saturday when No. 5 West Virginia plays Texas Tech in Lubbock. His season-high in attempts this year is 51, although he did throw 65 passes last year against LSU.
Not that Smith is considering where the records are, mind you. In fact, the items on Smith's plate to think about are so numerous that it took Holgorsen the run-on sentence of all time to go through them.
"He doesn't think about it throughout the game, I can assure you,'' Holgorsen said. "He's so tuned into what his job is and getting us in the right play and being competitive and looking at the scoreboard to see what we've got to do to win the game and how much time we've got left and creating the energy on the sidelines and cheering on the O-line and cheering on the defense and patting the receivers on the back.
"He's got a lot more on his plate than worrying about some silly little streak that doesn't mean anything.''
It's not just Smith's streak, either, as Holgorsen rightly points out.
"If you think he's the only one who can control that, you're nuts,'' Holgorsen said. "I know it's his stat, but everybody else can help control that.''
"It's kind of the result of having good receivers,'' Smith said. "They don't tip the ball in the air, they rarely drop it, they run crisp routes, they're always where I need them to be, on time.''
Eventually the streak will end. They all do. And when it does, well, it's merely the hope of Holgorsen and Smith that it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.
"He's probably going to throw an interception at some point,'' Holgorsen said. "Hopefully that one interception doesn't [prevent] us from winning the game because winning the game is a whole lot more important to Geno Smith than some little ol' streak that you guys talk about but we don't talk about.''
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