The West Virginia Mountaineers went into Thursday Night’s matchup coming off a disappointing loss to Iowa State 2 weeks ago. Will Grier had a disappointing game and hasn’t been mentioned in the Heisman race. Grier went off in the first half with 4 TD’s and 302 yards. It only took 50 seconds for Grier to connect with Gary Jennings Jr for 53 yard touchdown. The only miscue for the Mountaineers were missed field goals as kicker Evan Staley would miss his first 2 attempts. Luckily the Mountaineers were able to turn the ball over after each of those missed kicks as both Keith Washington and Toyous Avery Jr. would intercept Baylor’s Charlie Brewer. Staley would redeem himself at the end of the first quarter by hitting 2 field goals, a 25 yarder and a 41 yarder.
The Second Quarter would be the final nail in the coffin for the Mountaineers as Grier would find David Sills in the end zone twice for 25 yards and 65 yards respectively. The other touchdowns saw Martell Pettaway run through Baylor’s defense for a 33-yard touchdown. Grier would end the 1st half with a 1-yard touchdown. The score 41-0 to end the half.
The third quarter saw Baylor fumbling off the kickoff. WVU would get a field goal making the score 44-0. But Baylor’s backup QB Jalan Mclendon would get the Bears in to the Mountaineers territory for the first time in the game and Josh Fleeks would end up running the ball 2 yards for the first Bears TD making it 44-7. Grier and the Mountaineers responded by marching up the field with Leddie Brown getting a 1 yard TD. McLendon would respond by marching 75 yards ending with a 1 yard TD. Mclendon went 16-21 and 183 passing yards and 22 rushing yards with 1 TD.
Grier would be replaced in the 4th quarter(17-27 353 passing yards 3 passing TD’s -7 rushing yards with 1 rushing TD) by Jack Allison. Allison would get his first career TD at WVU by passing a 36 yard TD Jennings Jr to make it 58-14. He would finish the game 4-4 with 43 yards and 1 TD. The Mountaineers will travel to Austin, TX to face the #6 Texas Longhorns in a game that has Big 12 Championship implications.
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Written by Alex Brown
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