Marshall at No. 11 West Virginia: Live Score, Analysis and Results

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIAugust 31, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the game on September 1, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Heisman Trophy contender Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense redefined efficiency in this one as the Mountaineers won big 69-34 over in-state rival Marshall in the Friends of Coal Bowl.

The Miramar, Florida native went 33-for-37 for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the win. He also ran for 65 and a score, as WVU put forth a more balanced offensive effort than any in the entire 2011 season.

Rakeem Cato compiled 413 yards to eclipse Smith, but the West Virginia rushing attack pounded the under-matched Thundering Herd defense. 

The Mountaineers averaged 9.2 yards per carry, while Marshall averaged 2.9. The WVU rush was led by senior Shawne Alston, who looked like a whole different monster than what we saw previously in his career. He went for 123 yards and two touchdowns at an average of 7.7 per carry.

Marshall had a decent day offensively, but simply couldn't keep up with the WVU airraid machine, and the Mountaineers improved to 12-0 all-time against their rival.

Eight players accounted for touchdowns for West Virginia in the rout.