"For the most part, a couple of times, I was able to talk to (Smith), tell him to calm down," Bailey said. "Because we've been doing this for so long, I can just tell when he's tense and there's too much going on in his head and I can get him to the side and talk to him.
"There have been a couple of times this season where we've done that."
What Bailey said he doesn't do - unless an opportunity is so obvious that he can't hold his tongue - is tell Smith how to play quarterback or when to throw to whom.
"We feel very comfortable (with each other)," Bailey said. "We've been doing it for so long now and even in the offseason. We've put in a lot of work. Feel real comfortable, we know what we're capable of doing; it's just a matter of going out and making it happen.
"Only if it's something where I was wide open (would Bailey tell Smith). I mean, for the most part, Geno makes good reads and always makes a good throw, so I don't try to put more pressure on him more than what he has. Only if I'm wide open do I come back and say something."
Against UConn, Bailey took what was a pass in the flat into an 84-yard scoring reception, a play that helped break open a close game in the third quarter. It was the longest reception for WVU since Rasheed Marshall hit Travis Garvin on a 93-yarder for a score against Virginia Tech in October 2003.
"Any play could go the distance no matter where we are on the field," Bailey said. "Once you catch the ball, it's just a matter of making a play, making the guy miss and going however long the distance is. I feel like the opportunity to score wherever we are on the field, it's always open."
The 6-3 McCartney, who also has 34 receptions - he and Bailey share the No. 2 spot on the team, behind Tavon Austin's 42 catches - said he isn't surprised that the Mountaineer Triangle from Miramar (Fla.) High has worked so well in Holgorsen's air-first offense.
"It helps a lot, because we already have that connection from high school," McCartney said. "To bring it here and get everybody on the same page as us ... Once everything starts to click, there's no stopping us."
While Bailey's receiving yards project to 1,374, Austin would get to 1,222 if he remains at his current pace, and McCartney would approach four figures at 985.
The best WVU receiving season for multiple wideouts, you ask?
In 1998, Shawn Foreman had 948 yards and David Saunders added 883. Those totals rank third and sixth in WVU single-season history.
If Bailey gets only 33 yards tonight, he's already entered the WVU top 25 in single-season history in receiving yards, with six games remaining (including a bowl). Austin can get into the top 25 with 103 yards tonight.
"Stedman and me are alike because we're both playmakers," McCartney said. "We're different because ... I'd say the only difference is height, range, I'm taller than he is; but we're both adept, whether it's short, middle or long.
"We know what we're capable of doing; we just have to go out and do it."