Key play: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith hit receiver Stedman Bailey for a 45-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, a sign of things to come.
Key stat: Smith completed six of his first seven passes for 145 yards.
Key play: Smith threw an 8-yard touchdown to Bailey that gave West Virginia a 21-0 lead and kick-started the rout.
Key stat: At halftime, KU had fewer completions (three) than West Virginia had touchdowns (five).
Key play: West Virginia poured it on with a 1-yard touchdown run from Tavon Austin that made the score 52-7 with 1:31 left.
Key stat: Bailey had 10 catches for 158 yards after three quarters.
Key play: West Virginia’s Dustin Garrison finished off the blowout with a 26-yard touchdown run.
Key stat: West Virginia finished with 647 yards of total offense, the fourth straight game a KU opponent has surpassed 500 yards.
Player of the game: Smith finished 23 for 24 for 407 yards, tying the NCAA record for completion percentage (95.8 percent). He also set a West Virginia record with 21 straight completions.
Reason to hope: Kansas should be favored in its next game. But the Jayhawks will have to wait until Sept. 7, 2013, to play South Dakota.
Reason to mope: Pick a number. Twenty-one straight Big 12 losses. No road victories in three seasons. Zero victories against BCS-level teams.
Looking ahead: KU coach Charlie Weis can’t wait to hit the recruiting trail.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org