QB Smith Named Player of the Week

Even in defeat, WVU's Geno Smith was impressive on Saturday -- impressive enough, in fact, to earn the junior quarterback Big East Conference offensive player of the week honors.

Smith completed 31 of his 44 pass attempts for 410 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia's 38-35 loss to Louisville. It was the fifth-best individual passing day in WVU history.

In the process, the Miramar, Fla., native moved into second place on the Mountaineers' all-time career passing yardage rankings. Smith now trails only Marc Bulger on that list.

Smith has three of the top five passing performances in terms of yardage in program history -- and all three of those have come this season.


Though reporters were trying to ask questions to Dana Holgorsen on Monday morning's Big East coaches' teleconference, a technical issue prevented those questions from entering the queue.

However, the WVU head coach did offer a statement on the loss to Louisville and his expectations for Saturday's game against Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.

"Hard fought game here last week with Louisville. Give Louisville credit: they came in here and had a little more in their tank than we did," Holgorsen said. "Back-and-forth game, close game. You can come down to pointing the finger at our field goal team if you want to, which, there's about a 13-point swing in two of our field goal teams. But offensively, defensively and special-teams wise, we could have overcame that if we had played a little better on each of those sides of the ball.

"Back to work, [we've] got Cincinnati this week, [which is] playing well and playing with the thing that I think is the most important thing in football, which is just playing with some energy and playing with some excitement and playing with some effort. They do a good job of that, and we need to be able to match that."

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