MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The worst-case scenario for Pitt in tonight's Backyard Brawl is the public address announcer at Mountaineer Field will stop Geno Smith more than the Panthers defense will.
Smith enters the 7 p.m. contest (ESPN telecast) likely to break four single-season West Virginia football records. He'll also move closer to a fifth, as well as four other Big East single-season records.
What could be bad news for Pitt (5-5, 3-2 Big East) would be just news to Smith. He's more aware of the impact the game has on the conference championship than it does on Mountaineer history.
"I couldn't tell you exactly which ones, but I know," he said. "I've been hearing about it, but I don't really know about it and I don't really care about it. It is an honor for me and I realize I've been blessed to play enough games and to do enough successful things to go down in the record books.
The 6-foot-3 junior quarterback has completed 269-of-417 passes for 3,497 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. He needs three attempts, six completions and 111 yards to surpass Marc Bulger.
Once Smith combines for 103 yards rushing and passing, he'll move past Bulger's total of 3,515. Bulger set all four marks in 1998, when he threw a WVU-record 31 touchdown passes.
Louisville's Brian Brohm holds the conference records for attempts, completions, passing yards and total yards. Smith could own all four by the end of the regular season.
The Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2) will take on a Pitt pass defense ranked No. 67 nationally.
The Panthers allow 233 yards per game.
Opponents complete nearly 60 percent of their attempts and have thrown 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Pitt was ranked No. 107 after five games and allowed 289.6 yards per game.
Since then, the Panthers are allowing just 176.4 yards per game, but Smith will be their biggest challenge.
"Geno Smith is very impressive," Pitt Coach Todd Graham said. "He can make every throw, he extends plays and he is a tremendous player - one of the best in the country."
No one was supposed to benefit more from the arrival of WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen than Smith ... and no one has.