National Notice

West Virginia's smashing season debut propelled the Mountaineers into the Top 10 of two polls and also earned two standout performers conference honors.

Quarterback Geno Smith and linebacker Isaiah Bruce have been named the season's first Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week, as selected by a media panel.

Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB, Sr, Miami, Fla.

Geno Smith accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one running) as No. 11 West Virginia defeated Marshall, 69-34. He completed 32-of-36 passes for 323 yards and rushed for 65 more yards and one score in just three quarters of work. He was also named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Isaiah Bruce, West Virginia, LB, Fr, Jacksonville, Fla.

In his first collegiate game, Isaiah Bruce finished with a game-high 16 tackles, including seven solo stops for the Mountaineers. He also had a tackle for a loss of eight yards and picked up a fumble and raced 43 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

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On the poll front, West Virginia moved up to eighth in the USA Today Coaches poll and into a tie for ninth in the AP Poll. The Mountaineers (1032 points) trail seventh-place Georgia (1092) by 60 points in the USA Today poll. WVU is tied with South Carolina (980) points, and trails #8 Arkansas (992) by 12 points in the AP version.

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