West Virginia 58, Baylor 14
What Happened: West Virginia obliterated the Bears from the start, jumping out to a 41-0 halftime lead and – after Baylor gave away the opening kickoff of the second half – 44-0 in the third before finally giving up a score.
– Will Grier threw three first half touchdown passes – two to David Sills – and ran for another as the Mountaineer offense took advantage of three Charlie Brewer interceptions thrown. Grier finished his day hitting 17-of-27 passes for 352 yards and three scores through the air.
– Brewer was awful. He completed just 1-of-8 passes for 22 yards with three picks. Jalan McClendon came on and completed 16-of-21 throws for 132 yards and ran for 22 yards and a score.
What Mattered: West Virginia stays right in the hunt for the Big 12 title, and maybe more. 12-1 with a Big 12 Championship might just be good enough to be a part of the CFP discussion, but for now getting past the Iowa State debacle set the stage for the showdown at Texas up next.
It was a brutal day for the Bears, and now they still have to find a way to win two of their last four games to go bowling. Two of the last four games are at home, and the Texas Tech game is in Arlington.
Thoughts: Apparently, West Virginia wasn’t all that happy after doing next to nothing offensively in the 30-14 loss to Iowa State. Grier and company had to sit on that for almost two weeks, and on Thursday night, they showed that they really are the real deal in the Big 12 chase – that is how you respond from a clunker.
– The offense will get all the love, but the Mountaineer defense came out with a purpose. It pressured Brewer from the start and forced the key turnovers. Grier took advantage and turned it into a laugher in the first half.
– Yeah, really, put West Virginia back in the College Football Playoff discussion. The committee will hate the Iowa State loss, but with what’s coming next … whatever.
Beat Texas and Oklahoma State on the road, and TCU and Oklahoma in Morgantown, and then come up with a Big 12 title and … in. Beating Baylor isn’t enough to get that fired up quite yet, but now everything is back on track. That was the offense that can beat anyone left on the schedule.