MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Whether it's the awe that comes with watching Geno Smith play lately or the curiosity about where things can go from here, there seems to be just one question to ask West Virginia's quarterback when he plays like he did Saturday.
What could he possibly do better?
Smith completed 34 of 39 pass attempts for 411 yards and five touchdowns in last Saturday's 42-12 win against James Madison and became the likely leader in the Heisman Trophy race.
Sure enough, the question came faster than a cornerback blitz.
"What did I have, five incompletions?" he countered. "I could have completed all five of those."
That wasn't a joke and no one laughed because no one wondered if he was kidding. Instead, there was consideration given to this: How far is Smith from something even crazier than what he's been doing, like completing every pass?
"He's very close to it," WVU quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said.
Again, no laughs.
Entering Saturday's noon home game against Maryland (2-1), Smith is 66-for-75 for 734 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. He's on as great a roll as the numbers suggest and his mentality explains why.
Despite leading four touchdown drives to start the game and take a 28-3 lead against JMU, Smith wasn't happy at halftime.
"He had five incompletions and we talked about how we had to play with a faster tempo and other adjustments," Spavital said. "He told me he wasn't going to throw another incomplete pass."
Spavital wasn't worried about that. He was instead concerned with a three-and-out on the team's fifth possession or the drive that followed and ended with time running out to end the half. Two hours later, though, Smith's words had Spavital's attention.
"He went out there and went 11-for-11 in the second half," Spavital said. "I really only thought he was joking about it."
Smith only plays around with defenses now. It's a skill he's developed by getting familiar with his offense and spending even more time studying how defenses try to stop it. He takes as much pride as he does pleasure in toying with the other team's plans.
"The thing I can do now is really read coverages and see the defense," Smith said. "Playing that play clock, that's the best thing about the up-tempo offense. It gives me more time to mess with the defense. I get to react to what the defense is in and make a check, which is pretty much a counter to what they're doing."