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Geno Smith and West Virginia roll into Texas

Published: Thursday, Aug. 27 2015 8:53 p.m. MDT

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (12) attempts a pass during their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Smith tied a conference mark with eight touchdown passes and threw for 656 yards to lead No. 9 West Virginia to a 70-63 win over No. 25 Baylor.   (Christopher Jackson, Associated Press) West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (12) attempts a pass during their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Smith tied a conference mark with eight touchdown passes and threw for 656 yards to lead No. 9 West Virginia to a 70-63 win over No. 25 Baylor. (Christopher Jackson, Associated Press)

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns get their turn to try to stop Geno Smith and West Virginia.

Smith leads the No. 8 Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0) into Austin after passing for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in a wild 70-63 win over Baylor. He leads the nation in pass efficiency with an 83 percent completion rate, 20 touchdowns and no interceptions.

He's also facing a Texas defense struggling to live up to preseason expectations. No. 11 Texas (4-0, 1-0) has made a habit of giving up long touchdowns with poor tackling.

The game will be West Virginia's first on the road in the Big 12 and a win would send a statement the former Big East champs have every intention of winning their new league. Texas is just 2-6 at home in the Big 12 the last two seasons.

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