MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen has a playbook that's more like a pamphlet.
Maybe that's because he doesn't have many plays. Maybe that's because some plays are drawn up in the dirt.
Twice this season, West Virginia has run a gadget play where inside receiver Tavon Austin comes across the field in motion before the ball is snapped to the quarterback.
Geno Smith then taps the ball with his fingertips forward to Austin, who gets the ball on the move before anyone knows what has happened.
"That's one of those little plays we have, one of those wrinkles we have," Smith said. "If you ask me, I think it's really good. It catches the defense off guard."
No. 16 WVU (3-0) hasn't used or needed much more trickery this season, but may need to pull out something special at 8:12 Saturday night on ABC. No. 2 LSU (3-0) visits Mountaineer Field with one of the best pass defenses in the country and personnel capable of making things difficult for the Mountaineers and their passing game.
"They feel like their athletes are going to beat your athletes," Smith said.
The Mountaineers have ways to deal with that, and the unnamed hot potato pass to Austin is just one.
It's something Holgorsen brought to WVU from Oklahoma State, where Brandon Weeden flicked it to Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon.
Austin, who leads WVU with 20 receptions and 236 yards, has twice picked up big gains and first downs on the play. The Tigers haven't allowed a passing touchdown or a pass play to gain more than 25 yards this season.
"When I knew I was going to be that guy, I got happy," he said. "Everyone else is looking around. The offensive line stands up and there's too much going on with the backs and receivers. Then they see me flying around the corner."
Holgorsen had to see Smith and Austin master the play in practice before he'd use it in a game. There were problems, especially early.
"All types of things," Smith said. "Behind him, in front of him, him dropping it."
There's little risk involved, though. It's a forward pass and even if Austin can't handle the flick and the ball hits the ground, it counts as in incomplete pass and not a fumble.
The reward is there, too. The 5-foot-9 Austin disappears behind the pass protection and the pass happens so fast and is so unexpected that defenders need a moment to figure out what happened.