Football Bowl Subdivision
                    === Smith, No. 11 WVU rout Marshall ===
 Morgantown,  WV  (Sports Network)  - Geno  Smith threw for  323 yards and four
 touchdowns  and  added another  score on  the ground,  as the 11th-ranked West
 Virginia  Mountaineers  started the season  with a  69-34 rout of the Marshall
 Thundering Herd.
 Smith  completed 32-of-36 passes and carried the ball eight times for 65 yards
 for  the  Mountaineers (1-0), who  racked up 655  yards of total offense. Paul
 Millard also threw a touchdown pass.
 Shawne  Alston carried the  ball 16 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns for
 West  Virginia,  which played  its  first  game as  a  member  of the  Big  12
 Conference.  Stedman Bailey  led the receiving corps with nine catches for 104
 yards and two scores.
 Rakeem  Cato connected on 38-of-54 passes for 413 yards, two touchdowns and an
 interception  for  the Thundering Herd  (0-1). Travon  Van carried the ball 16
 times for 38 yards and two scores.
 The  Mountaineers  scored a touchdown  on their first offensive possession and
 never  looked  back. Alston's  nine-yard run combined  with a 15-yard personal
 foul on Marshall set up West Virginia at the 33. Two plays later, Smith rolled
 to  his  right and  found Bailey  in the end  zone for  a 32-yard score. Tyler
 Bitancurt missed the extra point.
 West  Virginia  made it  a 13-0 contest  on its next  drive. J.D. Woods caught
 passes  of 22 and 11 yards to put the ball at the Marshall 6-yard line. Alston
 capped the eight-play march with a three-yard TD run.
 After  forcing another punt from the Thundering Herd, the Mountaineers marched
 down  the field again. The home team decided to go for it on 4th-and-goal from
 the  3-yard line.  But Smith  was stopped  on a  quarterback sneak  with seven
 seconds left in the first stanza.
 Marshall's  offense fed  off  the stop  and put  together  a 14-play,  98-yard
 scoring  drive. On 3rd-and-7, Eric Frohnapfel caught a 24-yard pass to get the
 ball  past  midfield. Van's  16-yard  run  and  Aaron Dobson's  12-yard  catch
 preceded Van's four-yard TD run, which cut the gap to 13-7.
 But  it was  all  West Virginia  from  that point  on.  Smith completed  three
 straight passes before Andrew Buie rushed for 18 and 24 yards, with the latter
 resulting in a score.
 After  Justin  Haig made a  34-yard field goal to  make it 20-10, Tavon Austin
 caught a six-yard TD pass from Smith. Austin started the three-play drive with
 a 70-yard run.
 Woods  caught a nine-yard TD pass with one minute left before the half, making
 it a 34-10 contest.
 Alston and Smith recorded rushing touchdowns around Van's three-yard TD run in
 the third period. Isaiah Bruce returned a fumble 43 yards for a score and Haig
 made a 29-yard field goal to cap the scoring in the frame.
 In  the fourth, Bailey and K.J. Myers scored for the Mountaineers to make it a
 69-20  game. Tommy  Shuler and  Frohnapfel caught  TD passes  for Marshall  to
 account for the final margin.
                                   Game Notes
 WVU  leads the all-time  series by a 12-0 margin ... West Virginia's 69 points
 were  the  most ever scored  by the Mountaineers  in a season-opening game ...
 West  Virginia holds  an  all-time record  of 97-29-4  in  season openers  and
 95-18-6  in home  openers ... Smith's fourth quarter, five-yard touchdown pass
 to  Bailey pushed  his career  total to  60, and  he now  owns the  WVU career
 touchdown  passes record  ...  Marshall offensive  lineman  Garrett Scott  was
 carted off field with a left leg injury in the second quarter.
 09/01 17:56:11 ET