MORGANTOWN - West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has thrown 259 passes since his last interception against South Florida last season.
If he can throw 121 more passes without an interception, he will break Russell Wilson's NCAA record.
That's at least three games away and the No. 5 Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) tried to spend as little time as possible discussing it before Saturday's game at Texas Tech.
"He's got a lot more on his plate than worrying about some silly little streak that doesn't mean anything," Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He's probably going to throw an interception at some point. I hope that one interception doesn't hurt us winning the game because winning the game is a whole lot more important than a streak that you guys like to talk about."
The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1) are aware of Smith and all his exploits, but are not in awe. They lead the nation in pass defense (117.4 yards per game) and have four interceptions, but the quality of opposition is improving. A week ago, they played Oklahoma's Landry Jones and watched him complete 25-of-40 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
"He's a quarterback. He's a good quarterback, but I don't feed too much into it," safety D.J. Johnson said of Smith. "Different players play different ways against different people. This may be the game that somebody else on our defense decides to show up and make plays against Geno Smith and he wasn't expecting it.
"Or maybe some guy that he just didn't pay attention to is out there making plays, or it may not be his game. He may come out sluggish or slow or one of his receivers may not be up to par in this game."
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ONE OF WVU's 12 negative yardage plays against Texas was one of the most surprising. The Mountaineers tried a flea flicker following a turnover that was swallowed up for a 13-yard loss.
WVU actually tried it twice. On first down, Smith and Andrew Buie bumped into one another as Smith tried to hand off the ball. The same play from the same formation followed and the play developed too slowly.
Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said the team's repertoire of trick plays consists only of reverses - the Mountaineers don't practice any others. The flea flicker was designed for how the Longhorns were defending WVU.
"Trick plays are situations where defenses are coming down hard or doing something like," Dawson said. "Defenses typically play off us anyway and have someone high somewhere. I've never had a whole lot of success with trick plays. I've always had a mindset to attack with your normal scheme and everything will work out."
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