Geno Smith, West Virginia put on record-setting performance against Baylor

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers played their first Big 12 game Saturday. They wasted no time reworking its record book.

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West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (12) looks for a receiver during their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)  Christopher Jackson
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West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (12) looks for a receiver during their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)

Smith tied a conference mark with eight touchdown passes and threw for 656 yards to lead No. 9 West Virginia to a 70-63 win over No. 25 Baylor.

Smith outdueled Baylor’s Nick Florence, who had a standout game of his own with 581 yards and five TDs.

How wild was it? Smith had more TD passes than incompletions (six).

The Bears’ Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving. The old mark was set minutes earlier by West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey, who had 303 yards and a school-record five TDs.

The teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense and 37 first downs. Six players had at least 100 yards receiving.

The record books were rewritten for the schools, the conference and the FBS as West Virginia made its Big 12 debut after moving over from Big East.

It also marked the most points scored in a game involving a team ranked in The AP poll. The previous record of 124 was set in No. 12 Oklahoma’s 82-42 win over Colorado in 1980.

The combined 19 touchdowns tied an FBS mark, last reached when Navy beat North Texas 74-62 in 2007. That matchup set the FBS record for most points in a regulation game at 136.

Baylor tied an FBS mark for the most points scored by a losing team.

NO. 12 TEXAS 41, OKLAHOMA STATE 36

In Stillwater, Okla., David Ash threw three touchdown passes to Jaxon Shipley and Joe Bergeron scored on a 2-yard run with 29 seconds left to lift Texas over Oklahoma State.

Ash led the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) 75 yards after the Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) had taken the lead on Quinn Sharp’s 23-yard field goal with 2:34 to play.

J.W. Walsh started for injured Cowboy quarterback Wes Lunt and threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns.

NO. 14 OHIO STATE 17,
NO. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 16

In East Lansing, Mich., Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 130, and Ohio State held off Michigan State.

Miller put Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) ahead 17-13 with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the third quarter.

Michigan State (3-2, 0-1) has lost four in a row at home against Ohio State.

NO. 15 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 24,
SOUTHERN METHODIST 16

In Dallas, Casey Pachall threw two touchdown passes, Jason Verrett had two interceptions and Texas Christian (4-0) extended its FBS-best winning streak to 12 games by beating Southern Methodist (1-3).

NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 21,
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 17

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Senorise Perry rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, Jeremy Wright added 84 rushing yards and Louisville rallied to beat Southern Miss in a downpour.

Louisville (5-0) trailed 17-6 midway through the second quarter, but scored 15 unanswered points for the win.

NO. 22 NEBRASKA 30, WISCONSIN 27

In Lincoln, Neb., Taylor Martinez guided four consecutive scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead Nebraska’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Badgers (3-2, 0-1) .

Martinez scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the tying and go-ahead field goals. Maher’s 41-yarder with 9:41 left gave the Huskers (3-1, 1-0) their first lead in the Big Ten opener.

NO. 24 BOISE STATE 32, NEW MEXICO 29

In Albuquerque, N.M., Joe Southwick passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and Timmy Smith knocked down a fourth-down pass with two minutes to go Saturday to help Boise State (3-1, 1-0) beat New Mexico (2-3, 0-1) .


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