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WVU quarterback hits up record books in win

By Josh Sickles
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

Quarterback Geno Smith broke three West Virginia passing records in the first half Friday night. He broke the single-season marks for attempts, completions and passing yards.

All three were previously held by Central Catholic graduate Marc Bulger from the 1998 season. This season, Smith has completed 291 of 448 passes for 3,741 yards.

Receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin joined Smith in the record books.

Bailey broke the West Virginia single-season receiving mark, held by David Saunders, with a 16-yard middle-screen in the first quarter.

Austin set the record for receptions, held by Saunders and Shawn Foreman in a season, with a 24-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Bailey has 1,117 yards this season, and Austin has 82 receptions.

> > Pitt's defense kept the West Virginia offense in check throughout the first half. The Mountaineers gained just 141 yards of offense with 63 coming on Bailey's touchdown catch. West Virginia recorded minus-two rushing yards in the first half and went three-and-out on four of its first six drives.

> > Pitt made sure West Virginia return men Austin and Bailey in check. Kicker Kevin Harper pooched some kickoffs, and punter Matt Yoklic employed a high-arcing punt to give Pitt's gunners time to reach the returners. West Virginia gained nine yards on five returns in the first half.

> > The Mountaineers had an opportunity to cut into Pitt's leads with a Darwin Cook interception late in the first half, but the Panthers ended the threat with sacks by linebackers Ejuan Price and Brandon Lindsey. Pitt recorded four sacks after entering this week ranked fifth in the nation with 3.20 sacks per game.

> > West Virginia junior safety Terence Garvin made a career-high 14 tackles. He made seven stops in the first quarter and 11 in the first half.



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