WVU football notebook: Offense hitting its mark
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LANDOVER, Md. — Senior receiver Tavon Austin couldn't wait for the season to start.
“We're definitely clicking,” said Austin, who has 21 receptions this season. “Coach (Dana Holgorsen) always told us the second year was going to be our best year.”
Holgorsen's track record as an assistant coach at Texas Tech and Houston has been for his offenses to make a big improvement in the second year.
“The first year we kind of struggled a little bit,” Austin said. “Now we're coming together as a team and ready to roll.”
Buie's a catch
Running back Andrew Buie played a big role in the passing game with five catches for 90 yards. He is expected to play an even bigger role in the passing game as the season progresses.
“If you look at the 15 years we've been running this offense, there's always been pass-catching backs,” Holgorsen sad. “To have a pass-catching guy in the backfield is good.”
Odds and ends
WVU established several records Saturday. Not only did Geno Smith break Marc Bulger's career passing record with 8,191 yards, Stedman Bailey finished with a school-record 13 catches. It was Bailey's first double-figure reception game. ... After setting a school mark for most points scored in three games with 169 against South Florida, Clemson and Marshall, the Mountaineers set a three-game scoring record with 181 points with their 42 against James Madison. ... Smith's five TD passes increases his school-record total to 65. ... Smith needs one more pass attempt to equal Bulger's school-record of 1,023. ... Smith's 142 passing yards in the first quarter was also a school record. ... Bailey is tied with David Saunders for the most career 100-yard receiving games (nine).
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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