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WVU toys with JMU at FedEx Field

By Jude

By Dusty

Another record-setting day for Geno Smith and company highlighted an easy-as-expected win for No. 9 West Virginia in Saturday's cash-grab against James Madison at FedEx Field.

The Mountaineers (2-0) got 411 yards and five touchdowns from Smith, a total which also placed the signal-caller atop the school's all-time passing yardage list as the 'Eers rolled 42-12 in front of a less-than-capacity crowd at the home of the Redskins.

There would be no repeat of the Dukes' shocker from a couple of years back when JMU slapped the upset on then-No. 13 Virginia Tech. WVU's high-flying offense made sure of that, quickly slapping up 21 points in the first quarter to provide all the cushion needed the rest of the way.

Smith completed all but five of his 39 pass attempts, passing Marc Bulger's school record along the way. Geno now has 8,153 passing yards and needs just two more pass attempts to take down the last of Bulger's career marks.

Geno showed his perfectionist side after the game. When asked to sum up his performance, he could have commented on any one of his many highlights of the day, but instead focused on his few missteps.

"I had five incompletions," the quarterback said in this article from the Associated Press. "I could've completed all five of those."

It won't be long before Geno is playing in a stadium like this in another uniform.

There was little suspense as to where Smith would send the ball, but the Dukes could do little to stop Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin on the day, with both reaching 100 yards receving easily by halftime.

Bailey finished with a career- and school-best 13 catches for 173 yards and three touchdowns, while Austin tallied 11 for 113 yards and one score. It was the first time WVU has a pair of receivers with double-digit receptions since 1981.

WVU posted 569 yards of total offense and set a school record for with 181 points in its last three games, including the 70 points from the Orange Bowl and the 69 posted against Marshall.

With 21 career touchdowns, Bailey moved into the No. 3 spot on West Virginia's all-time TD receptions list, following only Chris Henry (22) and Cedric Thomas (23) for the top spot. It was Stedman's ninth time breaking the 100-yard receiving milestone, tying him him with David Saunders for the most in school history.

Bailey pulled in scores of 9, 3 and 30 yards, and WVU scored on its first four possessions with ease. All told, West Virginia punted only once all day and never needed more than 3:03 to score on any of its drives.

Austin tied Darius Reynaud and Khori Ivy for fourth on WVU's record list for career touchdowns. The elusive all-purpose threat now totals 19 scores for his Gold and Blue career. He now has eight games with more than 100 yards through the air, placing him second on the record ledger.

Shawne Alston had 62 yards on 14 carries, including the game's first score on a 2-yard run, while Andrew Buie added 90 yards receiving on five catches and 31 yards rushing on seven totes.

Dante Campbell added a 4-yard TD on his first reception as a Mountaineer.

The Mountaineer defense also acqutted itself well after giving up 500-plus yards to Marshall in the season opener. The Gold and Blue stoppers allowed just three points before a last-second score during mop-up time for the subs.

The defense allowed the Dukes just 300 yards of total offense, with some of that total padded against WVU's bench players in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers provided a pair of goal-line stops against JMU, one of which included three straight stops after the Dukes had earned a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line.

The other scoring opportunity for JMU came up empty when Morgantown High grad Tyler Anderson came up with a tipped pass for his first career interception.

"The two goal line stands were very impressive," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said in this article from wvusports.com. "As a team we overcame adversity there in the third quarter. We've got to get used to that."

The Dukes managed just five points through three full quarters -- only 3 of which was actually given up by the WVU defense. Corey Smith's shanked punt set the Dukes up with a short field, which resulted in a 33-yard field goal from former WVU walk-on Cameron Starke.

JMU managed a TD with 12 seconds left to account for their final points. The other score came on a safety when Alston was stuffed on the first play after the defense's successful stop of JMU's offense.

"I'm proud of our guys," said Holgorsen in the previously-cited article. "I think we got better on all three sides of the ball."

Yeah, it's just JMU. But it was DOMINANCE.

West Virginia game captains were Austin, Alston, Ryan Clarke and Will Clarke. There were no first-time starters for the Mountaineers. Joe Madsen made his team-leading 40th start. A total of 30 Mountaineers have at least one game of starting experience.

WVU returns to Morgantown for Saturday's non-conference finale against Maryland (2-1). The Terps will enter the contest after head coach Randy Edsall lost to his former team, UConn, 24-21 Saturday in College Park.
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Posted: 9/25/2012 7:22 pm  Updated: 9/25/2012 7:22 pm
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From: Alkol, Lincoln County
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 Re: WVU toys with JMU at FedEx Field
it's pretty obvious that we could have did more to them, but what purpose would it have served?


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