Games that see their scores breach the 70 point threshold are nothing new, we see it all the time. A team gets into a battle and won’t give up until they have 70 points and 3 overtime’s under their belts. But something we rarely see is two big conference schools getting into a shootout of insane proportions in just 4 quarters.
And I’m not talking about your typical 44-41 style shootout, Baylor and West Virginia put that to shame with their 70-64 extravaganza they got into on Saturday afternoon.
Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith continued his surprise Heisman campaign by throwing for 8 touchdowns and almost 700 yards through the air to boost his team past the Baylor Bears.
“It did feel like one of those classic Texas shootouts,” said Smith, whose school moved over to the Big 12 from the Big East this season. “That’s kind of what the Big 12 is about.”
Smith has kept pace with last year’s Heisman winner (ironically) Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Through their first four games, Smith and Griffin are nearly identical with Smith besting Griffin in three of the four major categories.
Through four games Geno Smith has amassed 1,826 yards with 20 TDs and zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 84.3. Griffin had 1,481 yards with 18 touchdowns but one interceptions and a quarterback rating of 82.1 and Griffin ended up winning the Heisman out of nowhere and eventually became the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Smith’s eyes may be on the NFL, but at the moment that’s all in his peripherals. Even a Heisman may be on the back burner — or rather nothing more than a nice bonus– for Smith who is again doing something Griffin didn’t do: lead an undefeated major conference school.
“I could care less about a Heisman Trophy.” Smith said. “The big thing for us was that we won the game today. We’re on a mission, and we want to win them all.”
Finishing up with Griffin’s attachment to this game, Baylor quarterback Nick Florence broke Griffin’s school record for yards throwing for 581 and five touchdowns.
“Statistically, it’s my best game ever,” Smith said. “But I think it’s more about the team, and I think it just lets us know that we’re going to have to battle it out every week against some really tough teams in the Big 12.”