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Holgorsen, West Virginia, right at home in Big 12

Associated Press Published: October 1, 2012

After a Saturday in which three quarterbacks passed for at least 550 yards and five touchdowns, let's scan the stats for a pick six of airborne feats.



West Virginia's move from the Big East to the wild west of the Big 12 Conference might have seemed like an odd move at first.

Coach Dana Holgorsen and the No. 8 Mountaineers, however, have proved they are right at home in the land of some of the top offenses in the nation.

After Saturday's shootout between West Virginia and Baylor — a game that featured 1,507 yards of offense, 133 points and 19 touchdowns — the Big 12 is home to the top three offenses in the country.

Surprisingly, after quarterback Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in the Mountaineers' 70-63 win, Holgorsen and West Virginia are only third on that list with an average of 598.5 yards per game. The Bears are narrowly ahead in second, averaging 601.5 yards per contest, but it's Oklahoma State that tops the nation with an eye-popping 659 yards per game — despite a gut-wrenching 41-36 loss to Texas on Saturday.

Welcome home, indeed.

And for your viewing purposes, West Virginia visits Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 10.


PASSING FANCY: Smith and Baylor counterpart Nick Florence stole the show during a wild offensive weekend across the Top 25. The two quarterbacks combined for 1,237 yards passing in their back-and-forth game, finishing 1-2 in the nation in the category for the weekend.

Smith's 656 yards led the way, while Florence was no slouch with 581 yards through the air.

The Baylor quarterback's performance was the only one of the top six in the country that came in a losing effort this weekend. Miami's Stephen Morris (566 yards), Fresno State's Derek Carr (536), Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert (516) and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (453) each led their teams to wins.

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