December 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) passes the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 59-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Instant Reaction: West Virginia Puts Kansas Out of Its Misery in 59-10 Win


On Saturday afternoon, the 2012 football campaign ended for the Kansas Jayhawks and new head coach Charlie Weis. The team traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia. The Mountaineers dominated Kansas en route to a 59-10 win. West Virginia with the win, improved to 7-5 and will await their bowl-game fate. Kansas ends the season, 1-11.

The scoring barrage from the Mountaineers began less then three minutes into the game with an Andrew Buie two-yard run. Shawne Alston scored right before the first quarter ended, pushing the lead to 14 points. After another Jayhawks drive stalled, West Virginia wasted no time in making the score 21-0 on an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Geno Smith to Stedman Bailey. Kansas then got on the board with a James Sims touchdown run at the seven minute mark of the second quarter. Smith and the Mountaineers offense added two more touchdowns before halftime, pushing the lead to 35-7.

Things only got worse in the third quarter, as West Virginia added 17 more points. Nick Prolago knocked in a 32-yard field goal, to end 31 straight points from the host squad.

For the game, Smith was nearly perfect completing 23-24 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Buie rushed 12 times for 100 yards, while Tavon Austin rushed 12 times for 77 yards and caught four passes for 110 yards. Bailey made 11 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Sims had 18 carries for 59 yards in the loss. Freshman quarterback Michael Cummings rushed 11 times for 42 yards, and completed 6-11 passes for 69 yards and one interception.

 

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