Bulger completed 1,022 passes in his career.
Smith was 34-for-39 for 411 yards and five touchdowns against JMU. He has as many touchdowns (9) as incompletions (9) and hasn't thrown an interception. Nationally, Smith is No. 2 in passer efficiency behind TCU's Casey Pachall and No. 2 in total offense, with 408.5 yards per game. Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato leads the country with 422.67 yards per game.
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AS A FRESHMAN last season, running back Andrew Buie had just 257 combined yards rushing and receiving and never more than the 77 in one game - and contributed that to the Orange Bowl romp only because running back Dustin Garrison was out injured.
Buie has gone over 100 combined yards in both games this season after rushing for 31 yards and catching four passes for a career-high 90 yards against JMU.
He rushed for 80 and had 31 yards receiving against Marshall, plus 24 yards on kickoff returns.
"Buie's maturing," Smith said. "He was a freshman last year and he's a sophomore now, so he's had a full year in the weight room. He's a very good all-around back and we can use him in multiple ways like the ways we use Shawne Alston and Ryan Clarke.
"He helps the offense when we go tempo or when we go from a spread to a power set because it's usually the same guys for us. Defensive coordinators hate that because they have to run guys off the field and it ends up as a busted play or a penalty."
Buie was used like that early against the Dukes, who had two substitution penalties. James Madison also had one play where it was caught subbing two players as Smith threw a touchdown pass to Bailey.
Buie is No. 47 nationally with 128 all-purpose yards per game. Bailey is No. 19 (156.5) and Austin, who led the country with 198 yards per game last season, is No. 22 (154). No other school has three players in the top 50 and only UCLA and Oklahoma have three top-100 players.
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REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Dante Campbell caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
The 6-foot-4 Campbell checked into the game as an inside receiver on first-and-goal at the JMU 3-yard line. After Alston lost a yard, Campbell slipped between defenders and Smith found him.
It was the second straight week a receiver's first career reception was a touchdown. Redshirt freshman outside receiver K.J. Myers did the same against Marshall.
Sophomore inside receiver Connor Arlia could have joined the club in the third quarter against JMU when he ran a post route uncovered into the end zone, but Smith instead threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Bailey.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.