Geno Smith Continues to Lead West Virginia Mountaineers, Heisman Race

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Senior quarterback Geno Smith isn’t missing a beat on the gridiron. Smith’s latest outing had him leading the West Virginia Mountaineers to a Big 12 Conference win over the host Texas Longhorns. He also continues to own a strong lead in the race for the 2012 Heisman Trophy Award.

Smith passed his latest test on Saturday night as West Virginia upended Texas 48-45 in Austin. The West Virginia quarterback, one week after lighting up the Baylor Bears, completed 25-of-35 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns against the Longhorns. Smith managed to hold up against a hard-charging Texas defense that applied pressure throughout the conference matchup.

Smith’s performance against Texas helped his case for the Heisman. While in Austin, Smith did nothing to hurt his bid for the Heisman Trophy Award. Approaching the midway point of the regular-season, Smith remains the frontrunner for college football’s top individual award. And his team remains in the hunt for a national title.

Through five games, Smith has completed 166-of-204 passes for 1,996 yards and 24 touchdowns. With Smith leading the way, West Virginia is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference. The accurate Smith has yet to throw an interception in 2012.

Seven Big 12 Conference foes stand in Smith’s path to the Heisman. Smith will have to remain healthy and continue to produce against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Kansas State Wildcats, TCU Horned Frogs, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners, Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks.

Smith-led West Virginia will return to Texas on Saturday, Oct. 13 when it visits Lubbock for a game against Texas Tech (4-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12).