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Marshall Vs. West Virginia 2012: Mountaineers Roll Over Thundering Herd, 69-35

Geno Smith proved he's a man to watch in the 2012 Heisman Trophy race Saturday, throwing four touchdowns and running for another as the West Virginia Mountaineers blew out the Marshall Thundering Herd, 69-35, in Morgantown, W.Va. Smith went 32-36 for 323 yards, and ran eight times for 64 yards, too.

Smith found his favorite targets, and best athletes, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, and let them go to work. The dynamic playmakers combined for 19 receptions, 157 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Austin also had a 70-yard run that would have been another touchdown had he not tripped while making a cut.

Running back Shawne Alston also had a big game — sensing a theme, yet? — racking up 123 yards in 16 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

Marshall continued to work hard even when the game was far out of reach, and their stat lines aren't too shabby either to show for it. Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw 54 times, completing 38 of those attempts for 412 yards and two touchdowns.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.