MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia offense that leads the nation in yards per game following the latest supernova had 88 snaps against Baylor on Saturday and was almost error-free.
There were the school-record 807 yards and the 10 touchdowns, the five trips into the red zone and the five touchdowns, the 15 third downs and the 12 conversions and the superlative performances from a quarterback and three receivers.
About the only bad things anyone recalled were Jeff Braun's false start during a drive that ended in a punt, Ivan McCartney's dropped third-down pass before another punt and self-criticism by Geno Smith, despite his throwing for a school-record eight touchdowns and having just six incompletions in 51 attempts.
"In the game of football," second-year WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said, "perfection is not possible."
The Mountaineers, ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Poll entering Saturday's game (7 p.m., FOX) at No. 11 Texas, were awfully close with what they did offensively and what it did to Baylor's defense.
"It happens every once in a while and it's good if it happens whenever you need it to happen," WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "Obviously, we needed it to happen."
The Mountaineers did because at the end Smith was most proud of picking up two first downs on the game's final drive and keeping the ball for the final 3:08.
Despite all of West Virginia's accolades, the offense needed to hang on at the end and make two critical plays to rescue a poor defense in the 70-63 victory.
"That's definitely a lot of stress on us," said receiver Tavon Austin, who caught a school-record 14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. "Seventy points is a lot of points to put up every game. Any little thing can go wrong and you can lose a game. A fumble, a turnover can change things. It definitely puts a lot of pressure on you."
WVU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) might want to prepare for a life that's a little bit like that. Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Joe DeForest watched the Bears put up 700 yards, an all-time high by an opponent, and could only shrug their shoulders and say they tried to warn everyone it could be that way.
"A win's a win," DeForest said after holding off a Bears offense that entered the game ranked No. 2 in total yards, scoring and passing. "We won the game. They had won nine straight games. Am I happy about it? Absolutely not. But you know what? We won. We're 4-0. They're not."
The Mountaineers might also be suited for this lifestyle. Smith leads the nation in total offense, Austin leads the nation in receptions per game, and Stedman Bailey, who set school records for receiving yards (303) and touchdowns (five) on 13 receptions, leads the nation in scoring.
In addition to the very few errors, the Mountaineers also stayed away from turnovers. They have only one this season, an interception that occurred against Marshall when a pass - from the backup quarterback to the backup receiver - was bobbled. It's the lowest turnover total in the nation, matched by Texas A&M and Texas-San Antonio.