The white-clad offense started at its own 2-yard line. Geno Smith dropped back to pass and fired a ball across the middle to Tavon Austin, about 10 yards downfield. There, Austin took over, doing the rest as he often does, dodging a pair of tackle attempts and heading down the sideline for a gain of about 50 yards.
It was the only snap reporters got to see, as they were quickly ushered out by WVU sports information officials. Geoff Coyle of WVillustrated.com was apparently not booted as quickly as others, as he reported on Twitter that the offense scored four plays later on a run by Shawne Alston.
In the light warmups that immediately preceded the scrimmage, West Virginia again worked on kickoffs and kickoff coverage.
On a pair of occasions, the kickoff team attempted to surprise the coverage unit with a short, dribbling onside kick. The tries failed on both occasions, as Corey Smith's first kick failed to travel the full 10 yards required. A second kick was easily recovered by the defense.
McCartney has been held out since the opening days of spring as he recovered from a hamstring injury, according to WVU head trainer Dave Kerns.
The shorts were adorned with the Big 12's logo, yet another small sign of the Mountaineers' impending conference move. A back judge appeared to be in midseason form, backpedaling down the sideline and signaling for a touchdown as players warmed up before putting their pads on before the scrimmage.