Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

MICKEY FURFARI

November 9, 2012

Column: Geno outlines winning script

MORGANTOWN — Quarterback Geno Smith has come up with a script for West Virginia’s football game Saturday night at Oklahoma State.

He said, “We just have to go out there with the mentality that we are going to score. WE have to be confident.

“We have to play fast, and we have to play hard. Things haven’t changed for us.”

This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. Saturday’s kickoff is set for 7 o’clock. OSU is a 7-point favorite. ABC is televising the action.

The Mountaineers (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) are attempting to end a three-game losing streak. The Cowboys are 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12.

Smith said, “I still think that we have a really good offense. We are making progress, working guys in and out of the rotations as far as receivers, backs and offensive linemen.”

He noted that WVU is going to have fresh bodies out there and ready to play. That includes personnel for most positions.

Geno thinks last Saturday’s 39-38 double-overtime loss to TCU was at least a step in the right direction.

“For the most part, we were able to sustain drives and put together some really good drives,” Smith said.

“Overall, I think we did a pretty good job at just keeping the ball in play and moving forward. We did not have many negative plays.”

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior, is No. 2 among passing in the league with 324.4 yards per game. He has completed 249 of 346 passes in eight games for 2,677 yards and 29 touchdowns.

OSU has been using two quarterbacks, J.W. Walsh is fifth and Wes Lunt is No. 8 in passing. Walsh, a freshman, have made 102 of 134 passes for 1,467 yards and 10 TDs, while Lunt has completed 80 of 128 for 1,096 yards and six scores.

OSU’s Joseph Randle is Big 12’s top rusher with 175 attempts for 934 yards and nine touchdowns. WVU’s Andrew Buie is fourth in rushing with 593 yards on 125 carries and five scores.

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MICKEY FURFARI