Stiff test for Syracuse: No. 11 West Virginia

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 20, 2011
A year after it was upset by Syracuse, No. 11 West Virginia visits the Carrier Dome on Friday night ready to make amends. Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith, who suffered three interceptions in last year's 19-14 loss, is averaging 503.5 yards per game, tops in the Big East and 11th nationally. Through six games, Smith has thrown for 2,159 yards and 16 touchdowns with just three interceptions for the Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East). He ranks fifth nationally in passing yardage (359.3 ypg) and has gamebreaking wideouts, in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin, to throw to. The win for Syracuse (4-2, 0-1) snapped an eight-game losing streak to West Virginia, but Syracuse hasn't beaten West Virginia in the Carrier Dome in a decade.
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