No. 24 WVU looks to go 11-0 all-time vs. Marshall

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith doesn't believe the Mountaineers will need the heroics of last year's meeting when they play Marshall this time.

For No. 24 West Virginia, heading into the season opener against the Thundering Herd on Sunday, last year's 24-21 squeaker is all but forgotten.

Trailing by 15 points to Marshall in the fourth quarter last year, Smith twice directed West Virginia on scoring drives of more than 90 yards to tie the game. The Mountaineers went on to win in overtime.

There's no question Smith believes he could engineer something similar if called upon, although he anticipates no need for that.

What's important to WVU quarterback is being ready to execute new head coach Dana Holgorsen's fast-paced offense and getting the Mountaineers off to a solid start.