(MORGANTOWN, W.VA.) — Against West Virginia, Marshall piled up 545 total yards, went 9-19 on third down, 2-3 on fourth down, had possession for 32:57. Despite all that, they still lost to the Mountaineers by 35 points. West Virginia pounded Marshall 69-35, making it the highest scoring opener in school history.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith made highlight after highlight for his team. The senior went 32/36 for 323 yards with four touchdowns. In the win, Smith set school records from career completions and touchdown passes.
“Really pleased with how Geno played,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said after the game. “He’s gone a great job of taking care of the ball, a great job of leading the team.”
Running back Shawne Alston added 123 yards and two touchdowns of his own for West Virginia. When all was said and done, the team amassed 655 yards of total offense.
“It’s about as balanced as you can be,” Holgorsen later added. “We spread the ball around to a lot of people.”
West Virginia’s 413 yards of offense in the first half was the most by the team since 2007. The 103 total points scored were the most since the two scored resumed their series in 2006.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN