West Virginia's trio of Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey have set dozens of records both this year and throughout their careers. With two games to go, though, there is still time to make even bigger impressions, not only at West Virginia, but in the NCAA Record Books.
Geno Smith has an opportunity to throw for 100 touchdowns in his career.
WVU History: Geno already holds the West Virginia game, season and career marks for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Really, it's not even close, either. Smith holds the the top two spots for touchdown passes in a game, the top three spots for yards, top five spots for completions and four of the top five in attempts. His 2011 and 2012 seasons will be 1-2 for every significant season passing record, and he broke the career records during the first two weeks of this year. He's just been padding ever since.
NCAA Record Book: Smith's 656 yards against Baylor comes in at No. 4 all-time. At his current pace, he will finish his career with 99 passing touchdowns, putting him ahead of the likes of Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers and in a tie with Matt Leinart for 16th all-time. At his current pace, he will finish with 11,708 passing yards (in only three years as a starter), which would place him 25th in NCAA history, just ahead of Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer. As of now, he would also go down as No. 1 in NCAA history for least amount of passes intercepted (currently 1.42%).
WVU History: In a testament to his versatility, Austin holds the single game rushing record (334 yards), the single game reception record (14), single season reception record (106 and counting), career reception record (280 and counting), the all-purpose yards in a game record (572), all-purpose yards in a season record (2,574, which he will break tomorrow), all-purpose yards in a career record (6,949 and counting), kickoff return yards in a season (938 last year) and the career record for most kickoff returns for touchdowns (four).
NCAA Record Book: Those 572 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma was good for second all-time. Last year's 2,574 yards put him in the Top 25 season of all-time (23rd) and this year's pace would give him the second best all-purpose season in NCAA history, behind only Barry Sanders' Heisman-winning 1988 campaign. If he keeps his pace of 233 yards per game up for his final two games, Tavon Austin will finish his career 7th in NCAA history for career all-purpose yards, just ahead of Ricky Williams and Chris Johnson. Austin is already in the Top 25 for receptions in a career (280) and is on pace to finish with 301 - good for top ten in NCAA history.
WVU History: Stedman Bailey holds the game (303 and 5) and season (1,342 and 21, both ongoing) records for receiving yards and touchdowns. He also holds the career touchdown reception mark (37 and counting) and is tied with Austin for receptions in a single game (14). If he were to return for his senior season, he'd certainly be in line to break Austin's records for receptions and receiving yards. If he catches (or runs for) two more touchdowns this season, Bailey will break the 93-year old record held by Ira Errett Rodgers for points in a season. Rodgers had 135, Bailey currently has 126.
NCAA Record Book: His 303 yards against Baylor ranks 15th all-time in NCAA history. Bailey is already in a tie for 6th all-time for touchdown receptions in a season with 21. One more would tie him with the likes of Michael Crabtree and Larry Fitzgerald, while Randy Moss sits at 25 and Troy Edwards has the record of 27. As for a career, despite only being a junior, Stedman Bailey is already tied for 17th in NCAA history in touchdown receptions and is on pace for a tie for 8th all-time with Dwayne Jarrett, Davone Bess and Michael Crabtree (41). If he were to return for a senior season, and even if he reverted back to his numbers from his sophomore season, Bailey would be on pace to finish 2nd in both touchdown receptions and yards in NCAA history.
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