The 2012 Heisman Trophy race has been popularly seen as a wide-open derby that might even have a place for a defensive player like Manti Te’o of Notre Dame.
Geno Smith has changed all that. The West Virginia quarterback is putting up Star Wars numbers, as in: For the season, four games, 20 touchdown passes, no interceptions. His completion percentage is 83.4 percent — 141 of 169.
The West Virginia-Baylor game Saturday morning, in a matchup of top-25 teams, looked like the Baylor-Washington Alamo Bowl of last December. In fact, this one had 10 more points, as West Virginia won, 70-63. You read it right.
Smith’s numbers: 45 for 51 passing for 656 yards and eight touchdowns.
There were two 300-yard receivers in a game that matched two former Mike Leach assistants from his Texas Tech staffs (WVU’s Dana Holgorsen and Baylor’s Art Briles). West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey caught 303 yards worth of Smith passes on 13 receptions, including five touchdowns. On the other side, Baylor’s Terrance Williams had 17 catches for 314 yards. The Baylor quarterback, Nick Florence, had a second-class day — he only threw for 581 yards.
West Virginia had 807 total yards.