Almost two weeks ago, the Bears delivered one of their most well-rounded victories against Oklahoma State– notching only their second win at Boone Pickens Stadium in the past 80 years, and tonight, they remained at the top of the Big 12 with an 8-0 record following their 17-14 victory over West Virginia. The #12 Baylor vs. West Virginia final score may have been unusual considering the Bears’ low scoring against the Cowboys, but offensive struggles and a Mountaineers defense that wouldn’t quit illuminated some of Baylor football’s issues. Nonetheless, they either led or tied West Virginia throughout the entire game and finished with a Thursday night victory on Halloween! Junior QB Charlie Brewer completed 20 of 26 passing attempts for 277 yards and 2 TDs and added 19 carries for 25 yards (but was sacked 8!!!! times!!!!). The Bears recorded 4 turnovers (3 fumbles and an interception) and finished with 453 yards and added 7 penalties for 60 yards.
Brewer was sacked twice in the first quarter and both teams struggled offensively until the Bears got the ball back with 4 minutes left. He threw passes of 9 and 15 yards to senior WR Denzel Mims and sophomore WR R.J. Sneed while senior RB JaMycal Hasty added 6 yards on the ground. Brewer nailed sophomore WR Tyquan Thornton on a 26-yard pass before connecting with Sneed in the end zone for 13 yards and the score to close the first quarter. The Bears and the Mountaineers continued their back-and-forth punts until senior CB Jameson Houston notched his first career interception toward the end of the second quarter.
The Bears looked like they were coming out strong in the second half as Brewer threw a 30-yard pass to Mims on the first play, but Mims fumbled the ball and West Virginia recovered it at their own 40 yard line. However, as the Mountaineers marched down field and ended up at the Bears’ 10 yard line, the team fumbled and senior LB Blake Lynch recovered it at the 37. Halfway through the quarter, the defense allowed the second longest touchdown of the day as the Mountaineers scored on an 83-yard catch to tie up the game. On the Bears’ next drive, Brewer threw a 19-yard pass to Mims and followed with a 7-yard run. Hasty rushed for 28 yards on 3 carries and Mims caught a 21-yard pass for a touchdown. Immediately on the kickoff, however, the Mountaineers scored on a 95-yard kick return, tying the game again at 14-14.
The sacks kept coming for Brewer until the start of the fourth quarter as he rushed for 14 yards on 2 carries, Ebner ran for 3, and Thornton caught a 5-yard pass. Continuing on the drive, redshirt freshman QB Gerry Bohanon rushed for 8 yards and Hasty added another 7 before Brewer’s 12-yard dash set up a 36-yard field goal made by redshirt freshman K John Mayers. West Virginia attempted to tie the game with 1 minute left on a 48-yard field goal, but senior DT Bravvion Roy partially blocked the ball to secure the Baylor victory.
Seven Baylor athletes saw rushing attempts including Hasty (14 carries for 77 yards), junior RB John Lovett (12 carries for 49 yards), Brewer (19 carries for 25 yards), junior RB Trestan Ebner (7 carries for 14 yards), Bohanon (2 carries for 13 yards), sophomore WR Josh Fleeks (1 carry for 3 yards), and Sneed (1 carry for minus 5 yards). Seven received passes including Mims (5 catches for 99 yards and 1 TD), Thornton (5 catches for 86 yards), Sneed (4 catches for 41 yards), junior WR Jared Atkinson (2 catches for 21 yards), Ebner (1 catch for 12 yards), Fleeks (2 catches for 10 yards), and Lovett (1 catch for 8 yards). Baylor’s defense amassed 52 tackles with 5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards (sophomore LB Terrel Bernard, B. Lynch, senior LB Jordan Williams, Roy), 1 sack for a loss of 8 yards (Bernard), 1 fumble recovery (B. Lynch), 1 interception (Houston), 5 pass breakups (B. Lynch, Williams, junior CB Grayland Arnold, Houston), 1 block (Roy), and 5 QB hurries (Bernard, Williams, junior DT James Lynch, senior DE James Lockhart).
The Bears will face TCU in Fort Worth (vomitting) on November 9 at 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. (CT).