The Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5) had 647 yards of offense and 32 first downs and averaged 9.1 yards per play. They didn't punt until after their final possession. They'll learn their bowl game and opponent Sunday and will almost certainly play in the Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 29 against a Big East team in the Bronx, N.Y., or the Holiday Bowl Dec. 29 against a Pac-12 team in San Diego.
TCU, Texas Tech and Baylor also finished with WVU's record and TCU and Texas Tech beat the Mountaineers.
"Not much we can do about it," Holgorsen said. "I know there's a pecking order and the bowls pick who they want, but I would think when specific bowls have an opportunity to pick - a lot of teams' records are going to be the same, we won some head-to-head matchups and we lost some lead-to-head matchups - I think a whole lot of bowls would want the Mountaineers to come play in a bowl for a number of reasons.
"We have some star power obviously, we have a fan base that will travel and I think we're very marketable. I think there'll be a whole bunch of bowls who want us in their game."
The final regular-season game was over by halftime because WVU was nearly perfect on offense in the first half, which began with a 45-yard pass from Smith to Bailey on the first play from scrimmage and ended with Smith's 8-yard touchdown pass to J.D. Woods with 24 seconds to go for a 35-7 halftime lead.
WVU scored on five of its six possessions and the exception was the lone mistake -- Smith's interception under pressure on the second drive.
"He had a guy in his face, but if he could do what he wanted to do, he would have completed that, too," Dawson said.
WVU scored 2:46 into the game on a 2-yard run by Buie. Kansas threatened after Smith's interception and had a 41-yard pass to the WVU 16-yard line, but took back-to-back pre-snap penalties. A pass on third-and-18 was tipped by Cecil Level and intercepted by safety Karl Joseph.
Smiths' 50-yard pass to Woods flipped the field and the Mountaineers survived a first-and-20 at the Kansas 23 with a 20-yard pass to Austin. Shawne Alston scored on a 2-yard run two plays later for a 14-0 lead.
The Jayhawks got into WVU territory again and had a third-and-2 at the 40, but threw an incomplete pass and then came up a yard short on fourth down. Austin ran 31 yards on the first play and Bailey strolled in on a middle screen pass from 8 yards out four plays later. It was his 100th reception of the season.
Kansas moved again with a 42-yard pass -- the 17th 40-yard pass against the Mountaineers this season -- and made it 21-7 with a 1-yard run by James Sims with 4:30 remaining.
WVU, which has allowed five touchdowns in the final 75 seconds of the first half this season, gave up a sack on first down, but converted the second-and-17 with a 14-yard run by Buie and then a 44-yard catch-and-run by Austin.
Alston's second short touchdown run of the game restored order before Kansas went three-and-out and gave WVU the ball with 2:35 to go. A 20-yard pass to Bailey and a 32-yard pass to Austin set up the touchdown to Woods.
The 35-7 halftime lead the largest of the year for WVU, which had been outscored in the first half in the first 11 games and only led twice at the half of the first eight Big 12 games. The 35 points matched the season high for a half, which was set twice against Baylor.