2012 West Virginia Spring Game Results: Offense Effective, Yet Defense Prevails

West Virginia ended its 2011 season by aerating Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl, putting up 70 points in an evisceration of the Tigers. For their spring game on Saturday, the Mountaineers toned down the offense a bit. But only just a bit.

Geno Smith threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns. His backup, Paul Millard, threw for 253 yards. Three interceptions by the two quarterbacks helped the Blue defense down the Gold offense, 43-34. The defense earned five points for each three-and-out, and three points for each drive stop, interception, and fumble recovery.

West Virginia is transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme after running a 3-3-5 in Dana Holgorsen's first year, and Holgorsen is pleased with his young defense's progress.

"The trend lately has been the defense getting after the offense for about the last five practices," Holgorsen said. "The first 10, offensively we did some good things, but probably in particular, the last five or six practices, the defense has been doing a lot better."

For more on West Virginia, visit The Smoking Musket.

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