The passing numbers underscore Holgorsen's point of being spoiled.
You know how many yards passing Smith averaged last season? Just 337.3 - or less than a yard shy of what he produced Saturday against the eighth-ranked defense in the FBS.
It was the seventh time - and fourth consecutive game - in Smith's career he eclipsed 300 yards passing, threw at least three touchdown passes and didn't throw a pick.
The blitzes may have shaken Smith, but he didn't turn the ball over in a game Holgorsen said was determined by takeaways.
"In all my years of coaching, I've never seen a stat line as even as this," Holgorsen said.
WVU led in first downs, 19-18. Neither team managed more than 50 yards on the ground. Holgorsen's offense held a slight advantage in passing yards (338-305) and total offense (363-351). The Mountaineers punted once more (seven) than the opposition, and Maryland converted the same number of third downs (seven) in one fewer try than WVU.
"The exception is turnovers," Holgorsen said.
Maryland had three; WVU had zero.
There are three undefeated teams ranked in the top 15 in total offense and turnover margin: Baylor, Louisiana Tech and West Virginia.
One of those is guaranteed to receive its first blemish this Saturday when Baylor (3-0) visits Morgantown for WVU's Big 12 debut.
And the Mountaineers are coming off a game in which they learned they don't always have to be perfect to stay perfect.
"I don't think we put our best foot forward," Holgorsen said, "but we still found a way to win and that's a sign of a good team."
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