Smith helps No. 8 West Virginia outlast Texas

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith passed for four touchdowns, leading No. 8 West Virginia to another wild shootout win in the Big 12.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith passed for four touchdowns, leading No. 8 West Virginia to another wild shootout win in the Big 12. –AP

Geno Smith and No. 8 West Virginia turned their first trip to the University of Texas into a rollicking Wild West drama.

And now, two games into playing in a new conference, the Mountaineers look every bit like one of the teams to beat in the Big 12.

Smith passed for four touchdowns, Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and West Virginia came away with another wild victory, this time taking down the 11th-ranked Longhorns, 48-45, Saturday night.

A week after West Virginia ran up 70 points on Baylor at home, the Mountaineers turned their first road game in their new league into another high-scoring, heart-pounding affair.


‘‘Every week, we’re going to go out and have fun,’’ Smith said after he and his teammates celebrated the win with several thousand West Virginia fans tucked into a corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Smith, who has 24 touchdown passes this season without an interception, hit Stedman Bailey with a 6-yard score with 10:50 left to play. Buie’s second touchdown gave the Mountaineers a 10-point lead with 1:18 left.

But West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) didn’t seal the win until recovering an onside kick with 14 seconds left after Texas scored a touchdown on a pass from David Ash to Marquise Goodwin.

Joe Bergeron scored four touchdowns, all on short runs, for Texas (4-1, 1-1), which is 2-7 at home in conference games the since 2010. Texas has lost seven in a row to ranked opponents.

Smith was 25-of-35 passing for 268 yards in a game he had to be sharp. Texas hit him often and forced a second-quarter fumble that the Longhorns recovered for a touchdown.

Smith continues to make all the big throws when the Mountaineers need it, and he had to in a game where every possession was critical. West Virginia went 5 for 5 on fourth downs.

‘‘There weren’t a lot of times when we weren’t draped all over the guy when he was trying to throw,’’ Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. ‘‘You have to give him a lot of credit, his receivers a lot of credit.’’


Ash, the No. 2-rated passer in the nation behind Smith, was 22 of 29 for 269 yards and one touchdown.

South Carolina 35, Georgia 7 — Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, Ace Sanders had a dazzling 70-yard punt return fpr a touchdown, and the No. 6 Gamecocks’ defense dominated the fifth-ranked Bulldogs in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern) won its school-record 10th straight game with a performance that marked certainly marked them an Eastern Division front-runner — and maybe showed it’s capable of even more. Those tests come soon as South Carolina travels to once-beaten LSU next week and then to Florida on Oct. 20.

South Carolina held Georgia’s stellar freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to 76 yards combined. The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) finished with 224 yards, fewer than half their season’s average coming in.

Kansas St. 56, Kansas 16 — John Hubert ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries, Collin Klein had two touchdowns running and throwing, and the No. 7 Wildcats routed the Jayhawks in Manhattan, Kan.

Klein finished with 129 yards passing and 116 yards rushing to help Kansas State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) pile up more than 50 points for the third straight year against its rival.

Dayne Crist threw for 189 yards and a touchdown for Kansas (1-4, 0-2) , but he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.

Ohio St. 63, Nebraska 38 — Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead the No. 12 Buckeyes past the No. 21 Cornhuskers before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.


Miller broke his own QB rushing mark at Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). Corey Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a TD, Bradley Roby brought back an interception 41 yards, and Carlos Hyde scored on four runs before a raucous crowd of 106,102 in the Horseshoe’s 90th season.

Taylor Martinez ran for two scores but was intercepted three times for defenseless Nebraska (4-2, 1-1).

Oregon St. 19, Washington St. 6 — Jordan Poyer had three interceptions, Sean Mannion passed for 270 yards, and the No. 14 Beavers (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) survived a shaky start to beat the visiting Cougars (2-4, 0-3).

Iowa St. 37, TCU 23 — Jared Barnett threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz, who later had a scoring toss of his own on a trick play, and the visiting Hawkeyes surprised the No. 15 Horned Frogs to end their FBS-best 12-game winning streak.

It was the first Big 12 home game for conference newcomer TCU (4-1, 1-1), which played without suspended quarterback Casey Pachall. The Frogs had won a nation-best 25 conference games in a row, the first 24 while winning the Mountain West championship each of the last three seasons.

Barnett was 12-of-21 passing for 183 yards and ran nine times for 30 yards in his first start this season for the Cyclones (4-1, 1-1).

Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20 — Landry Jones passed for two TDs, Blake Bell ran for two more, and the No. 17 Sooners (3-1, 1-1 Big 12) avenged their home loss to the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1) last season by rolling to the win in Lubbock, Texas.

Stanford 54, Arizona 48 — Chase Thomas intercepted a tipped pass by Matt Scott in overtime, Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard score two plays later, and the No. 18 Cardinal rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to stun the visiting Wildcats.

Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores for Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) to offset Scott’s record-setting performance.

Scott completed 45 of 69 passes — both school records — for 491 yards and three TDs until Henry Anderson tipped his final pass in overtime that Thomas intercepted. Arizona (3-3, 0-3) amassed 617 total yards but lost its third straight.

Mississippi St. 27, Kentucky 14 — Tyler Russell passed for two touchdowns and the No. 20 Bulldogs held the host Wildcats (1-5, 0-3 SEC) to just 228 yards of offense and moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1999.

Rutgers 19, UConn 3— Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the No. 22 Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) suffocated the visiting Huskies to remain undefeated.

UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace Friday night after a fight with his girlfriend. He finished with 12 yards on 12 carries for the Huskies (3-3, 0-1).

Penn St. 39, Northwestern 28 — A week after returning to the Top 25 for the first time since 2008, the No. 24 Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) wasted an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing three touchdowns in the final 9:49 in an upset loss to the host Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0).

Quarterback Matt McGloin had the go-ahead score on a 5-yard run with 2:37 left after earlier throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson.

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