WVU's Smith Puts on Show in Return Home

WVU's Smith Puts on Show in Return Home

How was this even possible? Wasn’t the result pre-ordained? Color-coded? I mean, seriously. It was the Orange Bowl Classic. In a stadium whose interior is an endless carpet of orange seats. In an event whose original stadium was named after an orange. In a state where oranges grow on trees. So … you really thought the team dressed helmets-to-cleats in all orange would somehow lose?Well, Geno Smith and West Virginia thought so.Nothing else mattered. The favored Clemson Tigers had the right color in Wednesday night’s 78th annual Orange Bowl Classic here, but West Virginia’s Mountaineers had the right everything else including the right team, the one with the Cub Scout colors of dark blue and gold and the unstoppable, locomotive offense powered by Smith.The final score was 70-26.Orange, crushed.Apparently Clemson’s defense inadvertently was left back at the team hotel, said to heck with it and watched the game from South Beach.Smith — the homecoming king — made it seem like that, anyway.He is the West Virginia quarterback leading a team of Mountaineers with a decidedly South Florida flavor, and what a homecoming he fashioned. Smith schooled at nearby Miramar High and grew up just across the Turnpike from Dolphins stadium — so close he used to sit on the hood of his mom’s car in the front yard where the family still lives and watch replays and highlights on the stadium’s Jumbotron.Wednesday night, Smith was the highlight up there.

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