WVU closes regular season with 59-10 blowout against Kansas

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia closed the regular season with a 59-10 blowout over struggling Kansas on Saturday, the kind of resounding win not seen since September.

Quarterback Geno Smith, in the last game of his career at Mountaineer Field, was nearly flawless completing 23 of 24 passes, while surpassing 4,000 season yards passing late in the fourth quarter.

He finished the night with 407 yards, three touchdowns and one interception - his only incompletion.

Classmate Tavon Austin rolled up 77 rushing yards on 12 attempts and 110 receiving yards on four catches and had a 1-yard touchdown run.

The team used big gains on each of its touchdowns, pulling away 35-7 by halftime.

The win means the Mountaineers finish the season at 7-5, 4-5 in the Big 12.

Kansas dropped to 1-11, 0-9 in the Big 12.

The team now simply awaits its bowl destination - most likely the Holiday Bowl in San Diego or the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.

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First Published December 1, 2012 10:45 PM


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