Baylor vs. West Virginia: QB Geno Smith Has His Heisman Moment in Big 12 Debut

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorSeptember 29, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers shakes hands after the game against the Baylor Bears on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  WVU defeated Baylor 70-63.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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In one game, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had more touchdowns and yards than all but nine quarterbacks in the Big 12.

If that doesn’t shoot him into the lead for the Heisman Trophy, I do not know what else would. 

Smith’s day against Baylor saw the Mountaineers quarterback go off for 656 yards, a ridiculous eight touchdowns and a season-high passer rating of 248. Plus, Smith had only six incompletions on 51 passing attempts, which breaks down to an insane 88.2 completion percentage. 

His huge day sent Twitter wild, with famous athletes like three-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James tweeting:

Smith’s performance not only set him apart from his fellow quarterbacks in the Big 12 but also raised the bar for other quarterbacks—like USC’s Matt Barkley—who are trying to keep up with the pace that Smith is setting.

Surprisingly, as ESPN’s Stats & Info Twitter account stated, Smith’s game didn’t break any Big 12 records or FBS records.

But Smith destroyed the Mountaineers record books.

Smith was responsible for breaking the individual records of passing yards, total offensive yards and touchdown passes.

This type of record-breaking day is what makes special players into Heisman Trophy players.

In fact, if you look at how last year’s Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, finished his season, you’ll notice that through only four games Smith is on pace to shatter those stats.

Thanks to Bleacher Report’s college football Twitter handle for that comparison.

Smith still has a long way to go before the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December at New York City. He still has to play the best defenses in the Big 12; next week he has a very tough matchup on the road against the Texas Longhorns. 

On top of the Longhorns, Smith still has at least three and possibly four games remaining against ranked opponents. He will face No. 7 Kansas State, No. 15 TCU and No. 16 Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State may be ranked by the time these two teams play. 

There is little to no chance that Smith will have another performance like he did today against those teams.

Today’s monumental game against Baylor has enough highlights to make up an entire Heisman hype video.

From the fake John Madden Twitter account, Smith had more passing yards than eight NFL quarterbacks so far this season. 

If one game could put you among the top 10 quarterbacks in your conference and give you as many passing yards as a quarter of the NFL, then you have had a Heisman moment.