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Can eight touchdowns in one game win the Heisman?

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith staked a claim to college football’s top award with an extraordinary passing game Saturday vs. Baylor.

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As sensational as Smith has been so far, especially versus Baylor, he has only broken one NCAA record, that for most passing yards gained per attempt in a game with a minimum of 40 attempts.  By completing 45 passes for 656 yards, his 14.57 yards per completed pass  broke the old mark of 14.1 yards set by Brigham Young’s John Walsh against Utah State.

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Here is a rundown of how Smith’s stats stack up against other NCAA records:

Smith:  8 TD passes against Baylor

NCAA record: 11 touchdown passes by Houston’s David Klingler against Eastern Washington in 1990

Smith: 45 completions against Baylor

NCAA record: 58 completions (of 80 passes) by Eastern Michigan’s Andy Schmitt against Central Michigan in 2008

Smith: 656 passing yards against Baylor

NCAA record: 716 passing yards by Houston’s David Klingler against Arizona State in 1990

Other records Smith could conceivably break this season, although realistically doing so would be a long shot:

NCAA record for most passing yards during a 12-game season: 5,336 yards by B.J. Symons of Texas Tech in 2003

Smith: At his current pace, he would throw for 5,184 yards

NCAA record for highest percentage of passes completed in a season with a minimum of 150 attempts: 76.7 percent by Colt McCoy of Texas in 2008

Smith: 83.4 percent after four games; he’s 141 for 169

NCAA record for lowest percentage of passes intercepted during a season with a minimum of 350 attempts: 0.7 percent by Boise State’s Kellen Moore in 2009, when he had only 3 of 431 passing attempts picked off 

Smith: 0 percent intercepted after first four of 12 regular-season games


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