NCAAF Game Recap - West Virginia at Baylor
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

Wof
14
Clem
59
F
UGA
24
Fla
17
F
Oreg
56
USC
24
F
Utah
33
Wash
28
F
Miss
14
Aub
20
F
WVU
14
Bayl
17
F
Mich
38
MD
7
F
SMU
48
Mem
54
F
VaTec
20
ND
21
F
Cin
46
ECU
43
F
GaSo
24
App
21
F
Boise
52
SJSU
42
F
K St
38
Kans
10
F
NCSt
10
Wake
44
F
Navy
56
UConn
10
F
Buff
43
E Mi
14
F
NIU
10
C Mi
48
F
Hou
29
UCF
44
F
UTSA
14
TxAM
45
F
BC
58
Syr
27
F
Neb
27
Purd
31
F
Lib
63
UMass
21
F
OD
17
FLInt
24
F
Akr
6
BGSU
35
F
Troy
35
CoCar
36
F
ArkSt
48
ULMon
41
F
UNLV
17
ColSt
37
F
Army
13
AF
17
F
Marsh
20
Rice
7
F
TCU
27
OkSt
34
F
UTEP
26
NorTx
52
F
Rut
10
Ill
38
F
MiaFL
27
FlaSt
10
F
MidTN
20
Char
34
F
Tuls
26
Tul
38
F
FlAtl
35
W Ky
24
F
MisSt
54
Ark
24
F
Pitt
20
GATec
10
F
OreSt
56
Ariz
38
F
TxSt
3
ULLaf
31
F
UAB
7
Tenn
30
F
NW
3
Ind
34
F
Vand
7
SCar
24
F
UVA
38
UNC
31
F
Colo
14
UCLA
31
F
BYU
42
UtSt
14
F
NM
10
Nev
21
F
Fres
41
Hawaii
38
F

Oct 31, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

West Virginia (3-5)

0

0

14

0

14

(12) Baylor (8-0)

7

0

7

3

17

No. 12 Baylor still undefeated after 17-14 win over WVU
Fri Nov 1, 2019 1:37 AM

WACO, Texas (AP) No. 12 Baylor got quite defensive to remain undefeated.

While Charlie Brewer threw for 277 yards with two touchdowns, the defense blocked a late field goal try while allowing only one big play, and the Bears won a game when scoring less than 20 points for the first time since 2006.

"A tremendous, tremendous defensive game," coach Matt Rhule said after the 17-14 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night. "We are still learning that it's OK just to play defense and not worry."

John Mayers kicked a go-ahead 36-yard field goal with 10:19 left to break a 14-all tie, and Baylor won its 10th game in a row despite an often frustrating night on offense and special teams.

Two seasons after winning only one game, the Bears (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) are the league's only undefeated team - and one of eight remaining among FBS teams.

"Don't apologize for going 8-0, for winning this game," Rhule said. "Just have to continue to improve as we try to move forward."

West Virginia (3-5, 1-4) had eight quarterback sacks. With second-and-goal from the 1 late in the second quarter, Baylor was stuffed for no gain on three consecutive plays and had to settle for a 7-0 halftime lead.

Still, the Bears avoided what happened last Saturday, when while they had an open date the Big 12's other three ranked teams that did play lost. That included Oklahoma's loss at Kansas State that left Baylor alone atop the conference standings.

"We talked about how this wasn't good enough," linebacker Jordan Williams said. "We need to grow from it because we don't want to have that same feeling those teams had."

After R.J. Sneed muffed a punt that was recovered at the Baylor 34, West Virginia couldn't get a first down.

"We're pretty good on defense," linebacker Blake Lynch said.

Casey Legg kicked the ball through the uprights on a 43-yard field goal attempt, but the Mountaineers were penalized for delay of game and had to try again. Nose tackle Bravvion Roy then blocked Legg's 48-yard attempt with 3 1/2 minutes left.

The Mountaineers had two big plays for their touchdowns. George Campbell had an 83-yard catch-and-run from Austin Kendall on the first play after a punt, and Winston Wright went 95 yards for the Mountaineers' first kickoff return for a touchdown in five years.

West Virginia finished with 219 total yards, 136 outside of that one big play.

Wright's return was on the ensuing kick after Brewer's 21-yard TD pass to Denzel Mims, who had opened the second half by fumbling at the end of a 30-yard reception on his first catch since taking a hard hit early in the game.

West Virginia beat Baylor 58-14 last year, but the Mountaineers were coming off a 52-14 loss at Oklahoma in their last game and came into this game as a nearly three-touchdown underdog.

"A lot of guys hurt in that locker room. I hurt for them," first-year Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said. "I hurt because they invested. They came up short. I don't' know if we necessarily got beat, but we came up short."

SAFETY TARGETING

Both teams had a starting safety ejected after targeting calls.

Josh Norwood, the leading tackler for West Virginia and with four consecutive games of at least 10 tackles, was flagged after the hit on Mims late in the first quarter.

Baylor's Chris Miller got penalized for a play against Kendall in the final minute before halftime. Miller is subject to an automatic one-game suspension because it was his third targeting penalty this season.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers have lost four Big 12 games in a row since opening conference play with a win at Kansas. The Big 12's worst offense again struggled to get anything done. With first-and-goal at the 10 on their first drive after halftime, Kendall was still calling out signals when the snap whiffed by his head. Kendall fell down, running back Leddie Brown couldn't get the rolling ball before defensive end James Lynch finally corralled it at the 37.

Baylor: The Bears have moved up 10 spots in the AP Top 25 since first getting ranked at the start of October. They may not have been their sharpest playing on a Thursday night for so many to see in a nationally televised game, but Brewer and Co. got another victory.

UP NEXT

West Virginia is home Nov. 9 to play Texas Tech.

Baylor travels less than 100 miles north on Interstate 35 to play at TCU on Nov. 9.

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Passing

WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 39 20 51.3 1 205 83 1 64.6
Bayl Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Brewer 26 20 76.9 2 277 43 0 136.2

Rushing

WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Brown 9 27 3.0 9 0
A. Kendall 9 20 2.2 10 0
Bayl Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hasty 14 77 5.5 15 0
J. Lovett 12 49 4.1 12 0

Receiving

WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Campbell 1 83 83.0 83 1
W. Wright Jr. 4 31 7.8 16 0
Bayl Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Mims 5 99 19.8 30 1
T. Thornton 5 86 17.2 43 0

Fumbles

Bayl F FL
D. Mims 1 1
R. Sneed 2 2

Returning

WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. McKoy 2 15.5 0 21 0 - 0 0
A. Sinkfield 1 16.0 0 16 1 0.0 0 0
Bayl KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Sneed 0 - 0 0 2 -8.0 0 0
T. Ebner 1 12.0 0 12 0 - 0 0

Punting

WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 9 376 41.8 47
Bayl Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Power 7 255 36.4 48

Takeaways

Bayl Int Yds InTD
J. Houston 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

WVU Bayl
Points For 14 17
Total Yards 219 453
Rushing Yards 14 176
Passing Yards 205 277
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/39 20/26
Turnovers 2 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 4/3
First Downs 12 26
Penalties - Yards 11/89 7/60
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/17 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/3 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 9/42 7/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WVU Bayl
Bayl 14:54 TD R.J. Sneed 13 yd pass from Charlie Brewer (John Mayers kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter WVU Bayl
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter WVU Bayl
WVU 8:18 TD George Campbell 83 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Casey Legg kick) 7 7
Bayl 10:26 TD Denzel Mims 21 yd pass from Charlie Brewer (John Mayers kick) 7 14
WVU 10:38 TD Winston Wright 95 yd kick return (Casey Legg kick) 14 14
4th Quarter WVU Bayl
Bayl 4:41 FG John Mayers 36 yd FG 14 17

Game Information

Stadium: McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas
Attendance: 46,379
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