MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - To the surprise of no one, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was named the Big 12 Conference's offensive player of the week Monday.
Smith's school records of 656 yards passing and eight touchdowns were the talk of college football over the weekend and then again Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference.
"What Geno Smith did the other day, when you look at the numbers, you say, 'How can that possibly happen? How can a guy sit there with those types of numbers against a very good competitor?' " Kansas Coach Charlie Weis said. "It's kind of scary."
Smith passed for more yards in the 70-63 victory against Baylor than seven teams have passed for all season. His touchdown pass total was greater than what 51 teams have done this season.
"As good as the quarterbacks have been in our league, he's playing as good or better than any quarterback we've ever had," Texas Coach Mack Brown said. "It's just unbelievable. He hasn't made a mistake and he has a tremendous amount of pressure on himself handling all the Heisman Trophy stuff.
"We've been through that here with Ricky (Williams), Colt (McCoy) and Vince (Young) and it's a difficult thing to do, but he seems very unbothered by it. He plays the same each week."
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SMITH HAS now won the conference award and the Walter Camp national offensive player of the week award twice this season. Tavon Austin won the Big 12's weekly offensive award following the 31-21 victory against Maryland, meaning WVU has had the league's best offensive player in three of its four games.
WVU linebacker Isaiah Bruce was the defensive player of the week after the season-opener, giving the Mountaineers four of the league's 15 superlative awards this season. They haven't had a special teams player of the week yet.
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WVU'S ROAD GAME at Texas Tech Oct. 13 will start at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by ABC. WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen was a Red Raiders assistant from 2000-07.
Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) ranks No. 8 nationally in total offense and No. 1 in total defense.
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NO. 11 TEXAS, which hosts the Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Saturday (FOX telecast) at Texas Memorial Stadium, beat Oklahoma State 41-36 on a short touchdown run with 29 seconds to go.
Cowboys Coach Mike Gundy wasn't so sure Texas running back Joe Bergeron crossed the goal line on his 2-yard touchdown run before he fumbled away possession. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld, even though Oklahoma State's Daytawion Lowe came out of the pile of players with the ball.
Gundy said Monday he believes Bergeron fumbled.