Smith was 12-for-16 272 yards and three touchdowns after halftime. He gave way to freshman Paul Millard with 7:31 left in the game. Millard was 5-for-6 for 54 yards and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brad Starks. That gave WVU its final score and its first 50-point game since the 66-21 victory against Connecticut Nov. 24, 2007.
That was of little consolation to Holgorsen.
"We're going to keep them accountable for what they do and keep them accountable for what the team does," Holgorsen said. "There's not a whole lot of satisfaction right now. We've got a long way to go."The Mountaineers (2-0) play at Maryland (1-0) at noon Saturday at Byrd Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN.
NSU started fast with a 56-yard pass on the second play of scrimmage from UCF transfer Nico Flores to Virginia Tech transfer Xavier Boyce. It was first-and-goal at the 8-yard line, but that was the start of the penalties. The Spartans ended up kicking a 50-yard field goal with Everett Goldberg after Ryan Estep's 40-yard field goal was waved off by a holding penalty.
Goldberg then messed up an onside kick and gave WVU the ball at the 26, but the Spartans defense held and WVU's Tyler Bitancurt missed a 35-yard field goal. Estep gave NSU a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter, but WVU needed four plays to get to the goal line. The offense couldn't score in six snaps -- the drive was extended by a pass interference call -- and settled for a 17-yard field goal by Bitancurt.
"Flat-out embarrassing," Holgorsen said. "Embarrassing. I don't have an answer for you. If you want to say scheme, it's scheme, but we run the same stuff all the time."The Mountaineers started their fifth drive with 79 yards of offense and were facing a third-and-10, only to be bailed out when a NSU defender was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit covering an incomplete pass on second down. Smith moved the offense 81 yards in the next nine plays to take a 10-6 lead with a touchdown pass to Brown.
The Spartans got a third field goal and then Holgorsen presided over an unusual sequence that set up another Estep field goal. The Spartans had no timeouts and WVU was looking at third-and-11 at its 22-yard line, but Holgorsen called a timeout to find a play and Smith threw an incomplete pass toward Brown on a short route.
Corey Smith shanked his punt and NSU took over at the WVU 37. Bruce Irvin was called for roughing the passer when quarterback Chris Walley was trying to get rid of the ball and Estep made a 40-yard kick to end the half with the lead.
"It probably had a little more to do with what we were doing than what they were doing," Holgorsen said.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.