Way back on Thursday night, Baylor defeated West Virginia by the skin of their teeth. Baylor entered the game as an 18 point favorite and escaped with a 3 point victory. West Virginia defense racked up 8 sacks against a struggling Baylor offensive line. But in the end, Baylor was able to do enough to win, and at the end of the day, that is what matters most.
Charlie Brewer has his normal efficient game going 20 for 26 with 277 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor struggled to run the ball but they were determined to do it. Baylor had 56 rushing attempts for 176 yards led by JaMycal Hasty who had 14 carries for 77 yards. Denzel Mims led in receptions with 5 catches for 99 yards and 1 touchdown.
The real story of the game was the Baylor defense that shut down the West Virginia offense allowing only 219 total yards, 83 of that came on one play. The Mountaineers are not good on offense but the Baylor defense made them look even more inept. Austin Kendall was 20-39 for 205 yards passing and 1 touchdown.
This was an ugly game and really not fun to watch but in the end, Baylor remained undefeated. West Virginia will have to go back to the drawing board on offense in search of their fourth win after losing three straight. Baylor moves on a rivalry game against TCU in Fort Worth. The Mountaineers will welcome Texas Tech to Morgantown in an effort to avoid the bottom of the Big 12 standings.
Key Plays Of The Game
0:06 1st [2nd & 10 WVU 13] – Charlie Brewer finds R.J. Sneed in the endzone for a touchdown to get the Bears on the board first and take a 7-0 lead.
0:47 2nd [2nd & 3 WVU 31] – Jameson Houston intercepted an Austin Kendall pass to allow Baylor to keep the lead to head to halftime. This was a big-time play because Baylor would receive the kick-off to start the second half.
4:34 3rd [1st & 10 WVU 21] – After WVU tied the game up at 7 Baylor marched down the field and it all culminated in Brewer finding Denzel Mims for a 21-yard touchdown.
Key Stats of The Game
0.5 yards per rush – Baylor completely shut down the West Virginia running game. Granted that they were not a good running team in the first place. Baylor held the to 26 yards on 14 carries for only a half yard per attempt is impressive.
10.7 yards per pass– Charlie Brewer was very efficient going 20/26 for 277 yards and averaging 10.7 yards per pass. It’s hard to beat a team when they are averaging a first down on every completed pass.
36:26 time of possession – Honestly this is the tale of the game. Baylor had a three-point lead and for all intents and purposes, it felt like a 10 point lead the way they sat on lead and ran out the clock to secure a win.
Baylor Players Of The Game
- QB Charlie Brewer – 20/26, 277 yards 2 touchdowns
- WR Denzel Mims – 5 receptions, 99 yards and a touchdown
- RB JaMycal Hasty – 14 carries, 77 yards, 5.5 yards per carry
- LB Terrell Bernard – 10 total tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 tackles for loss
Baylor has to fix offensive line – Baylor is desperately missing Connor Galvin at Tackle. Blake Bedier was absolutely eaten up by WVU defensive lineman all game long. Luckily Galvin should return by Oklahoma but the TCU defensive line is no joke either.
Baylor has to convert yards into parts – Baylor was able to move up and down the field on WVU however, they only managed 17 points. Baylor will have to score more points if they are to compete with the likes of Oklahoma and Texas in their November stretch of games.
Baylor defense shows again that it is legit – Baylor defense was lights out on Thursday. They completely shut down the running game for WVU and gave Austin Kendall fits. The Bears defense is making a strong case for the best defensive unit in the conference.