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WVU back to passing

West Virginia’s Geno Smith passed for 268 yards and four touchdowns against the rival Terrapins.

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West Virginia’s Geno Smith passed for 268 yards and four touchdowns against the rival Terrapins.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Geno Smith is becoming the consistent passing threat West Virginia has been missing for most of the past decade.

The sophomore threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Noel Devine rushed for a season-high 131 yards as No. 21 West Virginia beat Maryland 31-17 on Saturday.

After three games, Smith is stirring memories of Marc Bulger in 1998, the only time a WVU quarterback has surpassed 3,000 yards passing.

Jarrett Brown surpassed 200 yards passing five times a year ago and finished with 2,144, sixth in school history. Smith is on pace to eclipse that.

"A couple of years ago, we were a run-based offense and spread-option team," Smith said. "But now we're developing a great passing game, and I think it's going to make it difficult for defensive coordinators to game plan against us."

Smith had two scoring tosses apiece to sophomore Tavon Austin and redshirt freshman Stedman Bailey as West Virginia led 28-0 early in the third quarter.

Maryland's Jamarr Robinson overcame a terrible start to throw third-quarter TDs of 60 and 80 yards to Torrey Smith, but the offense did little else.

Bruce Irvin had three sacks, Scooter Berry recorded two, and West Virginia compiled eight overall after getting none in its first two games. Maryland went in averaging 241 yards rushing but was held to minus-10.

Smith completed his first 10 passes and threw for 226 yards by halftime but fell short of becoming the first Mountaineer with back-to-back 300-yard passing games since Bulger in 1998. Smith finished 19-of-29 for 268 yards.

Louisville falls vs. No. 25 Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Jacquizz Rodgers and the Oregon State offense are back in sync. The Beavers' defense is still adjusting.

Rodgers ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns but the No. 25 Beavers let Louisville get too close for comfort. The Cardinals gained 453 yards and hung around until James Dockery's late-game interception.

For the second straight game, a mobile, experienced quarterback gave Oregon State trouble. Louisville senior Adam Froman threw for 288 yards, ran for 46 and led a rally from a 35-14 deficit. TCU's Andy Dalton also baffled the Beavers, who lost to the Horned Frogs 30-21 in their opener.

"We have got to do a better job of containing the quarterback," Dockery said.

Louisville had a final chance and was driving at the Beavers' 49-yard line with under a minute left, but Froman's errant pass to Dockery ended the threat.

"You can be proud when you come out and battle right to the very end," Froman said.

TEMPLE 30, CONNECTICUT 16: Bernard Pierce ran for 169 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns for the host Owls. Connecticut rode running back Jordan Todman to a 16-14 lead midway through the fourth. He had career highs of 26 carries and 192 yards rushing. But with his team down by two, Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson stripped Todman of the ball and went 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:28 left.

SYRACUSE 38, MAINE 14: Ryan Nassib threw a school-record five touchdown passes as the host Orange pulled away in the second half against a Division I-AA foe. Nassib's nifty pass on the run to diving Jose Cruz on fourth and goal at the Maine 4 in the final minute of the first half gave Syracuse the lead for good at 14-10. Nassib, in his third career start, was 19-of-28 for 260 yards.

PITT ARREST: Police arrested Pittsburgh reserve offensive lineman Keith Coleman, 20, and charged him with aggravated assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after a dispute left another man with a broken bone. Coleman, 20, was arrested just before 2 a.m. Saturday in Pittsburgh. Sgt. James Kohnen said a witness told officers that Coleman spoke to two women and that upset their two male companions. Kohnen said the player told investigators the other men called him a racial slur and a fight began.

No. 21 WVU 31

Maryland 17

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