Wesley held in check, as Mountaineers improve to 4-2 (2-0) The West Virginia football team is proving to the nation that it is a real tough team this season. With two losses by a combined ten points against Virginia Tech and Michigan State (with a combined one loss on the year), the Mountaineers are a few breaks from being unbeaten and in the title race. But, West Virginia is still alive and kicking in the Big East after knocking off Connecticut and TCU in consecutive weeks, two of the biggest challenges expected in-conference. The Mountaineers’ week 8 game at TCU was a dandy, taking 3 OTs before the game was finally settled. WVU made containing Heisman leader Ed Wesley their top priority, and although they gave up a lot of yards through the air, the Mountaineers held the star HB in check, keeping him under the century mark for the first time all season. It was a defensive battle throughout much of the game with both teams refusing to budge. But, late in the game things got crazy. With the game tied at 17 with under a minute to play, the Horned Frogs finally went for it. TCU’s QB picked apart the Mountaineer defense and the Horned Frogs hit WVU right in the mouth with a long touchdown pass to take a late lead. The touchdown was seemingly the dagger, as West Virginia’s sideline was completely dejected. However, the will of QB Geno Smith wouldn’t be broken. And on the first play of the following drive, Geno Smith hit Tavon Austin who outran his one-on-one coverage for a long score to send the game to overtime. In the first two overtimes both teams struck quickly and easily. But in the third, the Mountaineer defense finally broke through with two of their eight sacks for the day and a missed field goal. WVU capitalized on the huge stop, kicking a field goal on third down to end the game. The win improves West Virginia to 4-2 on the year and 2-0 in the Big East. Geno Smith has continued to be the man for West Virginia, showing that as he goes, so go the Mountaineers. Smith finished 16/27 for 276 yards and four touchdowns in the big win over TCU. But freshman running back Andrew Buie is showing flashes of brilliance as well in Big East play. The quick back has accounted for 100 yards of offense in both of the previous games, including the first 100-yard rushing performance of his career against UCONN. The play of Smith and Buie is really beginning to bring back some memories of the Pat White/Steve Slaton days in Morgantown.