Big 12 spring game recap: West Virginia

Miss the new guys' spring game on Saturday? No worries, we've got you covered.

What happened:

  • Quarterback Geno Smith completed 23 of 29 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

  • Receiver Tavon Austin caught five passes for 47 yards. Receiver Stedman Bailey caught three passes for 51 yards and a 45-yard touchdown, which cracked No. 7 on ESPN's Top Ten plays on Saturday night.

  • Terrence Gourdine had a game-high 118 yards on three catches with an 82-yard catch and run from Smith.

  • Redshirt freshman Isaiah Bruce had a game-high eight tackles.

  • True freshman Jordan Thompson had a game-high eight receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.

  • Reserve freshman quarterback Ford Childress did not play after a DUI arrest last week.

What we learned:

  • There wasn't much to learn about the offense, but it's good to see Thompson find his spot in the unit. He's got lots of promise. I wrote about him after my visit to Morgantown and look at the Mountaineers, and he could definitely mature into the next Tavon Austin.

  • The new 3-4 defense debuted, but I still think it's too early to get any real read on what we can expect come fall. Coach Dana Holgorsen wasn't pleased at the offense's turnovers, but in a zero-sum game like a spring game, he's got to be at least somewhat pleased with Keith Patterson and Joe DeForest's unit. "To sum it up, we’re about 33 percent into how we’re going to look before we play our first game. Our depth isn’t very good right now, but that will change after we’re able to evaluate everyone."

  • Spring games are fun for teams with lots of turnover, but there's not much on offense for WVU. Defensively, there's lots in the front seven and a whole scheme change, but when the changes are that wide ranging, there's still a lot that's going to change by fall.

They said it:

"There were a lot of guys out there that won’t be playing in the fall. There are guys we were playing with and we’re not going to win. That’s the point of spring -- you play everybody."

-- Holgorsen, on the spring game

"Coach DeForest has simplified the defense for us, and he just keeps sayingthat as long as I listen to him and the coaches that we will just be a great defense overall. I don’t everlook at it as being an individual but as a unit, and our defense has continued to improve."

-- Defensive back Matt Moro, on the defense