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WVU Finishes Strong, 59-10

Geno Smith finished his career complteing 23-of-24 passes for 407 yards.

The Mountaineers came out strong on Saturday afternoon, scoring on the first drive in less than three minutes, and eventually scored on nine of their first ten drives to defeat Kansas, 59-10.

Geno Smith completed 23-of-24 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns, while fellow seniors Tavon Austin (four catches for 110 yards) and J.D. Woods (four for 83 and a TD) were on the receiving end of several of those completions to celebrate Senior Day in Morgantown.

Junior Stedman Bailey, likely in his final game in a Mountaineer uniform, caught 11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. His 16-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter gave him 23 on the year and set the new BCS record for touchdown receptions in a season, surpassing Michael Crabtree and Larry Fitzgerald, both of whom had 22.

While the air show was impressive, West Virginia relied on the ground game to really dominate the contest. The Mountaineers ran the ball 46 times for 240 yards and five touchdowns.

Andrew Buie led the way with 12 rushes for 100 yards and a scores. Tavon Austin had 12 carries for 77 yards and a score, while Shawne Alston ran 10 carries for 40 yards for two touchdowns. Dustin Garrison also added a 29-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to finish off the scoring.

The Mountaineers finish the regular season 7-5 and will likely be heading to the Pinstripe Bowl or the Holiday Bowl. The official announcement will occur on Sunday evening.

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