January 1, 2010

Geno shoulders the blame

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Teammates and coaches alike told Geno Smith to forget about today's game with Florida State and get ready for spring football.

That is exactly what he plans to do after a couple of days with his family in their suburban Miami home. But before he left after the 33-21 FSU victory over Smith's Mountaineers, he stood patiently in the bowels of Jacksonville Memorial Stadium and took responsibility for WVU's third defeat to the Seminoles in the Gator Bowl.

Regular Jarrett Brown suffered a left calf injury with about eight minutes to go in the second half and was held on the sidelines by WVU's Bill Stewart for the remainder of the cloudy day. Enter Smith, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound true freshman. A year ago Smith was playing in a post-season all-star game after a record-setting career at Miramar. For 30 minutes today, he was facing the end of the Bobby Bowden era and about 70,000 Seminole tomahawk chopping fans. Smith had replaced Brown before in the Oct. 17 victory over Marshall.

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