He was bummed out about the incomplete pass, a first-quarter interception where his throw under pressure to Bailey was a tick too slow and let a cornerback step in front of it for Smith's sixth interception. He was that close to perfection.
In between the JMU game and the Kansas game, Smith and the Mountaineers had dizzying highs and devastating lows. The 5-0 start had the team in the top five for the first time in five years.
The next five games were all losses, the longest losing streak since 1986.
His five lowest completion percentages, five of his interceptions, his only two games without multiple touchdown passes and three of his five games with fewer than 300 yards passing came during the losing streak.
Holgorsen tried to free Smith of the blame and Smith said he actually handled it better than he expected.
"That's how I've grown mentally," he said. "I can look back three or four years ago and had I been in this situation, I probably wouldn't have handled it well. I remember losing to UConn my first year starting (2010) and I had to go back home just to talk to my mom. I was down in the dumps and she picked me up.
"Now she's calling me, like, 'Are you OK?' And I'm, like, 'Yeah, I'm fine.' That's different for her, but I feel like I've grown a lot in that respect."
Should Smith be invited to the draft combine in Indianapolis, his measurables and his performance there will go a long way toward determining where he'll be drafted.
Teams will assess his arm strength in drills and his personality in interviews. They'll test the strength he's developed through the years, but also take a look at his left foot that's been broken twice in college.
At WVU, though, there is no doubt about his future, wherever it may be.
"Geno's going to play for a long time," Holgorsen said. "He has everything you can ask for as far as skill set goes. I don't care what offense they run. He's going to play for a long time."
Holgorsen's confidence matters little, but confidence has never been a problem for Smith. Perhaps it contributed to some of his overeager struggles this season as he wrestled with his unquestioned ability and how widely he thought he could apply it, but he's learned to control it throughout the season.
He knows that what is waiting for him at the next level, where he won't be able to rely on will and talent alone, is going to demand the same approach.
"One thing I do know is the team selecting me is going to be helping out its franchise because I'm going to be all for the team and I'm going to put every ounce of what I've got into winning games," he said. "That's really the way I look at the game of football now. It's about winning games no matter who gets credit for it. Once you're between those lines, it's about winning.
"I think as long as I continue to keep that mentality, I'm going to get better because I haven't reached my prime. As far as physical ability goes, I'm still blossoming, and the same goes for the mental part."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.