Scores

Final

Kansas 10

(1-11, 0-9 Big 12)

West Virginia 59

(7-5, 4-5 Big 12)

2:30 PM ET, December 1, 2012

MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM, MORGANTOWN, WV

1 2 3 4 T
KU 0 7 0 310
WVU 14 21 17 759

Top Performers

Passing: G. Smith (WVU) - 407 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Buie (WVU) - 12 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Bailey (WVU) - 11 REC, 159 YDS, 2 TD

Geno Smith hits 40 TDs in season as WVU cruises

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Geno Smith threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns to lead West Virginia to a 59-10 win over Kansas on Saturday.

Smith completed 23 of 24 passes and became the first West Virginia quarterback to throw for 40 touchdowns in a season. His 95.8 completion percentage matched the single-game Bowl Subdivision record set by Tennessee's Tee Martin against South Carolina in 1998.

Afterward, cornerback Brodrick Jenkins threw a cupful of liquid on Smith, who jogged around the stadium to shake hands with fans in the final home game for him and 20 other seniors.

Smith had passing plays of 40 yards or more to four different receivers. Biletnikoff Award finalist Stedman Bailey had 159 receiving yards and two touchdown grabs to boost his Bowl Subdivision leading total to 23.

West Virginia (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) finished with 650 yards of offense.

Kansas (1-11, 0-9) lost for the 11th straight time, the longest streak at the school since the Jayhawks lost 17 straight from 1953-55.

Kansas was limited to 274 total yards against one of the nation's worst defenses. Two Jayhawks quarterbacks combined to complete just 7 of 16 passes for 117 yards.

The Mountaineers scored touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions. Every touchdown was set up by plays of 31 yards or longer.

Andrew Buie, who rushed for 100 yards, had a 42-yard reception on a screen play to set up Bailey's second touchdown, an 18 yarder that put the Mountaineers ahead 45-7 midway through the third quarter.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis hoped to use a bye week to try to figure out a way to slow down Tavon Austin, but the Jayhawks had little luck.

Austin set up three first-half touchdowns with long plays. He finished with four catches for 110 yards, had 77 rushing yards and a score and broke his own single-season school record for all-purpose yards. He has 2,760 total yards this season, second in the FBS to Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews (2,977).

Kansas junior James Sims had 57 yards to finish with 1,013 for the season, becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Jayhawks since Brandon McAnderson in 2007.

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist got his first start since Oct. 13, a span of six games. He threw a 41-yard pass to Andrew Turzilli on Kansas' second drive that put the Jayhawks inside the West Virginia 20. But two penalties pushed the ball back and West Virginia's Karl Joseph intercepted a tipped pass on third-and-18 to halt the threat.

Crist lasted just two series before Michael Cummings relieved him. Cummings found some success on the option read and led the Jayhawks to their only touchdown in the second quarter. Cummings and Christian Matthews took snaps in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KU
WVU
1st Downs1332
Total Yards274647
Passing117407
Rushing157240
Penalties8-703-30
3rd Down Conversions3-147-10
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers11
Possession31:1928:41

Passing Leaders

KansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cummings6/11766.900
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith23/2440717.031

Rushing Leaders

KansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sims18573.2114
Cummings11423.8017
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buie121008.3117
Austin12776.4131

Receiving Leaders

KansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pierson14242.0042
Turzilli14141.0041
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey1115914.5245
Austin411027.5044

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKUWVU
TD12:14Andrew Buie 2 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 07
TD02:08Shawne Alston 2 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERKUWVU
TD11:34Stedman Bailey 8 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 021
TD07:05James Sims 1 Yd Run (Nick Prolago Kick) 721
TD03:29Shawne Alston 1 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 728
TD00:24J.D. Woods 8 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 735
THIRD QUARTERKUWVU
FG09:11Tyler Bitancurt 30 Yd 738
TD06:02Stedman Bailey 16 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 745
TD01:31Tavon Austin 1 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 752
FOURTH QUARTERKUWVU
FG09:01Nick Prolago 32 Yd 1052
TD05:13Dustin Garrison 26 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 1059

Research Notes

Geno Smith finished 23-24 passing (his only non-completion was an interception), tying Tee Martin's mark for completion percentage in a game, minimum 20 completions. HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF PASSES COMPLETED Game (Min. 20 comps.) 95.8%-Tee Martin, Tennessee vs. South Carolina, Oct. 31, 1998 (23 of 24)

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