WVU rides big 2nd half, beats Norfolk St 55-12

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Geno Smith threw for 371 yards and four scores and West Virginia overcame a rough start to beat Norfolk State 55-12 Saturday.

The Mountaineers (2-0) scored on their first seven possessions of the second half to erase a 12-10 halftime deficit to an FCS opponent.

West Virginia needed just three plays to find the end zone after halftime, and after Smith hit Ivan McCartney with a 39-yard TD toss early in the fourth, the Mountaineers had scored five touchdowns in a 15-minute span.

Smith finished 20 of 34 passing after going 8 of 18 in the first half.

West Virginia's defense woke up, too, limiting Norfolk State (1-1) to two first downs in the second half. The Mountaineers have yet to allow an offensive touchdown in their first two games.