Smith, Mountaineers Look to Rebound

By Sickles, Josh | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 29, 2011 | Go to article overview

Smith, Mountaineers Look to Rebound


Sickles, Josh, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Immediately after returning from West Virginia's loss last week to Syracuse, junior quarterback Geno Smith and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital watched film on the game.

Smith returned the next day to watch it again. And again. And again. After about the eighth or ninth time, he still was learning from his mistakes.

"Every time you look at film, you learn something new," Smith said, "and you figure out something you could have done."

Smith and the No. 25 Mountaineers look to rebound when they travel to Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. today at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Smith is coming off his worst performance of the year. He threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns but also tossed two interceptions and was sacked four times. He never looked comfortable in the pocket. Syracuse blitzed about 75 percent of the time. Often, Smith looked as though he was just waiting for the next hit to come.

West Virginia will face a similar pressure defense today. The Scarlet Knights are first in the Big East with 24 sacks. The defense also leads the nation with 25 turnovers. Rutgers has forced four or more takeaways in five of its seven games and at least one in each game this season.

Still, West Virginia's problems against Syracuse were not all Smith's fault. …

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