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COLUMN: Greene’s signature efficiency continues run of success for WVU quarterbacks towards Cincinnati

Garrett Greene was carrying his common quantity six on Saturday, however if you happen to squinted simply sufficient, you would possibly’ve mistaken it for quantity 5.

West Virginia’s junior quarterback performed maybe the very best recreation of his profession in a 42-21 win over Cincinnati, becoming a member of unique firm throwing for 210 yards and a landing and working for 154 yards and three extra scores. 

It was simply the third time in WVU historical past {that a} participant each threw and ran for 150 yards. The opposite two situations have been each by the good Pat White, who wore that quantity 5.

“Garrett bounced again, he’s the last word competitor,” WVU coach Neal Brown mentioned. “I knew he would play properly after not taking part in as properly final week. He was actually, actually good (Saturday).”

Greene performed poorly in a lopsided loss to Oklahoma final week, however rebounded in a serious manner towards the Bearcats, racking up 364 yards of whole offense with 4 touchdowns.

“I used to be actually itching to get again on the market as a result of what I confirmed at Oklahoma wasn’t my model of soccer,” Greene mentioned. “It wasn’t ok to compete on the highway and I used to be simply wanting ahead to getting on the market.”

That Greene’s efficiency got here towards the Bearcats made it all of the extra becoming, as WVU quarterbacks have traditionally put up large numbers towards UC.

White himself had a number of standout performances in his profession towards Cincinnati. In 2006, White threw for 98 yards and a landing and ran for 93 and two extra in a 42-24 WVU victory. The next yr, he threw for 140 and ran for 155 and a pair of touchdowns in a 28-23 triumph. 

Following a pair of losses to UC, Geno Smith continued the run of success, throwing for 4 touchdowns in a 37-10 win in 2010. He adopted that up by throwing for 372 yards and a landing throughout a 24-21 win in 2011.

That 2011 recreation was the final assembly between WVU and Cincinnati previous to Saturday’s contest, the place Greene continued the run of Mountaineer quarterbacks having success towards the Bearcats.

“There’s a number of expertise he has, however the very best trait he has is his competitiveness,” Brown mentioned. “(Oklahoma) ate at him final week and he took that private and got here again and carried out.”

West Virginia’s offense has put up at the very least 30 factors in each recreation since its off week firstly of October, all began by a totally wholesome Greene. The staff has scored at the very least 37 factors in three of its final 4 video games with Oklahoma being the lone exception.

“It’s the funding and the day trip guys put into this week in and week out,” Greene mentioned. “I believe it’s only a testomony to how a lot these guys care about one another.”

Greene received’t end the season with a stellar completion proportion, however all the things else has been nice for the first-year starter. Following Saturday’s win, Greene is as much as 24 whole touchdowns this season, 13 passing and 11 speeding, with simply 4 interceptions. He has 1,909 passing yards and 695 speeding yards on the season.

“We’re asking him to make a number of choices and we’re placing quite a bit on his plate,” Brown mentioned. “I believe he’s at a degree in his profession the place the easiest way for us to achieve success is to place quite a bit on his plate.”

Of the 65 offensive performs WVU ran towards Cincinnati, Brown estimates that Greene needed to decide on 50 of them.

“I believe I simply wish to win,” Greene mentioned. “I don’t care if I’ve to throw the ball each down or if I’ve to tug it each time. The principle factor is profitable ballgames, that’s what I’m right here to assist this staff do.”