West Virginia 69, Marshall 34

Date - Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Milan Puskar Stadium
Attendance - 59120

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Marshall 0 10 10 14 34
West Virginia 13 21 21 14 69

Recap


West Virginia 69, Marshall 34: Geno Smith threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns as the Mountaineers kicked off the 2012 season with a one-sided win over visiting Marshall.

It was a fitting opener for West Virginia, which closed out the 2011 campaign by hanging 70 points on Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

Smith, who went 32-for-36 on the day, surpassed Marc Bulger as West Virginia’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (60). He added 65 rushing yards and a score.
 
Stedman Bailey finished with nine catches for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the rout, while Shawne Alston led the running attack with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato was 38-of-54 for a career-high 413 yards and two touchdowns for Marshall but also turned the ball over twice as the Herd fell to a ranked opponent for the 14th consecutive time. Travon Van managed a pair of touchdown runs for Marshall in the loss.

Smith hit Stedman Bailey on a 32-yard touchdown pass to cap a 5-of-5, 53-yard performance on the opening drive of the game. Marshall showed a consistent willingness to battle back, but No. 11 West Virginia had an answer for nearly every Thundering Herd push.

Prior to a drive that stalled at midfield under Mountaineers’ backup quarterback Paul Millard with 6:25 to play, every single Marshall score in the game had been met with a West Virginia touchdown on the ensuing drive.

GAME NOTEBOOK: West Virginia remains unbeaten against Marshall, now 12-0 in the all-time series … Marshall right tackle Garrett Scott was carted off in the second quarter after an apparent leg injury and did not return ... The win marked the ninth consecutive victorious home opener for the Mountaineers, who improved to 11-3 overall under second-year head coach Dana Holgorsen.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:56
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 6 - Marshall 0
1st Quarter - 4:57
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 13 - Marshall 0
2nd Quarter - 11:18
Marshall   TD  West Virginia 13 - Marshall 7
2nd Quarter - 9:25
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 20 - Marshall 7
2nd Quarter - 7:11
Marshall   FG  West Virginia 20 - Marshall 10
2nd Quarter - 6:25
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 27 - Marshall 10
2nd Quarter - 1:00
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 34 - Marshall 10
3rd Quarter - 12:27
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 41 - Marshall 10
3rd Quarter - 8:15
Marshall   TD  West Virginia 41 - Marshall 17
3rd Quarter - 4:32
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 48 - Marshall 17
3rd Quarter - 3:43
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 55 - Marshall 17
3rd Quarter - 0:18
Marshall   FG  West Virginia 55 - Marshall 20
4th Quarter - 14:24
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 62 - Marshall 20
4th Quarter - 13:04
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 69 - Marshall 20
4th Quarter - 9:50
Marshall   TD  West Virginia 69 - Marshall 27
4th Quarter - 0:54
Marshall   TD  West Virginia 69 - Marshall 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  Marshall West Virginia
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Marshall West Virginia
Score 34 69
First Downs 28 31
3rd Down Efficiency 9-for-19
47%
5-for-8
62%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-3
67%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 545 655
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 45-132 35-331
Average/Rush 2.9 9.5
Passing
Comp-Att 38-56 34-39
Passing Yards 413 324
Average/Pass Play 7.2 8.1
Penalties-Yards 11-112 5-39
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 32:57 27:03

PLAYER STATS

Marshall (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Cato 38/54 413 2 1
B. Frohnapfel 0/2 0 0 0
West Virginia (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Smith 32/36 323 4 0
P. Millard 2/3 1 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Grooms 5 43 8.6 0
T. Van 16 38 2.4 2
R. Cato 4 19 4.8 0
R. Watson 6 17 2.8 0
S. Butler 10 14 1.4 0
M. Ward 3 1 0.3 0
B. Frohnapfel 1 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Alston 16 123 7.7 2
A. Buie 6 80 13.3 1
T. Austin 3 66 22.0 0
G. Smith 8 65 8.1 1
P. Millard 2 -3 -1.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Dobson 4 72 18.0 0
E. Frohnapfel 6 60 10.0 1
C. Crawford 3 48 16.0 0
T. Shuler 5 47 9.4 1
J. Kelson 4 45 11.2 0
A. Wilson 3 40 13.3 0
G. Hoskins 2 24 12.0 0
J. King 1 20 20.0 0
D. Allen 2 18 9.0 0
T. Van 4 14 3.5 0
A. Snipes-Booker 2 12 6.0 0
S. Butler 1 10 10.0 0
D. Evans 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Bailey 9 104 11.6 2
J. Woods 7 75 10.7 1
T. Austin 10 53 5.3 1
I. McCartney 1 52 52.0 0
A. Buie 4 31 7.8 0
J. Thompson 2 6 3.0 0
K. Myers 1 3 3.0 1