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Geno Smith Leads Seahawks to Monday Night Football Win

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On a night that was supposed to be all about Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle with the Broncos, it was WVU’s own Geno Smith leading the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

Smith, who eventually won the right to be the starting quarterback after Wilson was traded to Denver, had a stellar night under center. He completed 82% of his passes, going 23 of 28 for 195 yards with two touchdowns. He also added 14 yards rushing.

The 31-year-old was able to do enough to earn the win, stealing the show from his Hall of Fame predecessor in his first NFL start in 8 years. decade. “They wrote me off, but I didn’t write back,” Smith said after the game.

It now remains to be seen if Smith can keep it up and accomplish something he hasn’t been able to do again since his rookie year (a season he did manage to throw over 3,000 yards in 16 games) – go through an entire full season as an NFL stater.

Smith was inducted to the WVU Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year. He remains as one of the most prolific players in school history as the all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leader with 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns. He played from 2009-12 before being a second round selection by the New York Jets.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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