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Geno Smith: West Virginia QB Made His Case for Heisman Trophy vs. Baylor

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIINovember 5, 2016

Coming into Saturday's game against Baylor, Geno Smith had 12 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

In a bizarre game at Mountaineer Field between West Virginia and Baylor, Smith threw eight touchdown passes and increased his total to 20 on the season. He completed 88 percent of his passes, going 45-of-51, and had more touchdown passes than incompletions.

He broke the school record for most passing yards in a game, with 656 yards, and total yards, with 687 yards.

Smith fell just five yards shy of tying the record for most passing yards by a Big 12 quarterback, which is currently held by Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons, who threw for 661 yards on Sept. 27, 2003 against Mississippi.

Smith has led West Virginia to a 4-0 record. West Virginia's 70-63 win against Baylor was their first Big 12 win since officially joining the conference this year. As a Big 12 newcomer, Smith is already labeled as one of the best quarterbacks in the conference after earning a spot on the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Smith is also making his case as to why he should win the Heisman Trophy this season.

His success alone has helped West Virginia. He is putting up insane numbers and defenses have struggled finding an answer, let alone just forcing one turnover.

He has no problems finding receivers. Three different Mountaineer receivers had over 100 yards against Baylor. J.D. Woods pulled in 114 yards and one touchdown, Tavon Austin had 215 yards and two touchdowns and Stedman Bailey had a monster game with 303 yards and five touchdown grabs.

Each of those three receivers had at least 13 receptions, proving Smith's ability to use everyone in the passing game to put up big offensive numbers for the Mountaineers.

At this rate, it is hard to imagine any player can get in Smith's way. Smith is way ahead in the race for the Heisman Trophy this year.

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