No. 9 West Virginia Tops Baylor 70-63 as Big 12 Records Topple

Geno Smith threw for eight touchdowns to tie a Big 12 record as the ninth-ranked West Virginia University defeated No. 25 Baylor University 70-63 in the highest scoring game ever in the college football conference.

In other Top 10-ranked schools on the Associated Press Writers’ Poll, it was No. 1 Alabama 33, Mississippi 14; No. 2 Oregon 51, Washington State 26; No. 3 Louisiana State 38, Towson 22; No. 4 Florida State 30, South Florida 17; No. 5 Georgia 51, Tennessee 44; and No. 6 South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17.

West Virginia, which snapped Baylor’s nine-game winning streak, moved to the Big 12 from the Big East this season.

“It did feel like one of those classic Texas shootouts,” said Smith. “That’s kind of what the Big 12 is about.”

Smith, a senior, completed 45 of 51 passing attempts for 656 yards. He had more touchdown passes than incomplete throws for the Mountaineers (4-0).

“I could care less about a Heisman Trophy,” said Smith who had his best game ever statistically. “The big thing for us was that we won the game today. We’re on a mission, and we want to win them all.”

Baylor quarterback Nick Florence threw for five touchdowns and broke Heisman Trophy-winning Robert Griffin III’s school record with 581 yards passing at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.

‘Little Short’

“We expect to score that many points a game,” Florence said. “But the goal is to score more than our opponent and we came up a little short today.”

Baylor’s Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving three minutes after West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey set a new mark with 303 yards. Williams caught two touchdown passes and Bailey had five scoring receptions.

West Virginia (3-1) also collected a school record 807 yards. Overall, the teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense and 67 first downs, while six receivers tallied a game of at least 100 yards.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Stephen Morris threw a conference-record 566 yards and five touchdowns in Miami’s 44-37 victory over North Carolina State (3-2). Morris completed 26 of 50 passing attempts for Miami (4-1), which recorded 652 yards of offense.

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