W Virginia finds balance, ahead of Big East opener



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, for one, welcomed the company.

On any other day, his three touchdown passes would have been the center of attention.

Smith got to share the headlines for a change. It was freshman running back Dustin Garrison who came up even bigger in the rain.

The 5-foot-8 product of Pearland, Texas, rushed for 291 yards and two scores in Saturday’s 55-10 win over Bowling Green, giving a needed boost to a Mountaineers running game that had been sorely lacking in the first four games.

The offensive balance comes just in time as West Virginia (4-1) gets ready to open Big East play on Saturday at home against Connecticut (2-3).