The Baylor Bears showed why their offense is so explosive against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday night.
Going up and down the field, at an unbelievable pace all night long, the Bears were simply unstoppable. They’ve been that way all season to this point, but tonight they proved themselves a bit more.
Against an improved West Virginia defense thus far, the Bears made the Mountaineers look seemingly unimproved. In fact, West Virginia’s defense looked just as poor as it was last season.
It’s hard to tell if it was a true test for the Baylor offense, but one thing is clear, they’re going to score points no matter who they play.
Everyone will become a believer if the Bears continue to score at this pace against quality competition. They dropped 56-points in the first-half on the Mountaineer defense. The final score ended at 73-42.
Baylor had the advantage of removing their starters after the first possession in the second half, that’s how bad of a beat down this one was. Removing the first team isn’t new for the Bears though, it’s been the case for Baylor all season up to this point, and I get the feeling this might not be the last time.
The Bears may very well be the best team in the Big 12 conference, but they still have some big tests on the horizon. This was only their fourth game, as they improved to (4-0) on the season.
Baylor’s offense piled up a school record 872-total-yards. They were 11-15 on third down conversions.
Quarterback Bryce Petty torched the WVU secondary for 347-yards and two touchdowns, while running back Lache Seastrunk had 15 carries for 172-yards and two touchdowns. Baylor running back Shock Linwood also ran for 129-yards on 15 carries. Wide receiver Antwan Goodley led the Bears with seven receptions for 170-yards and one touchdown.
It’s hard to imagine there is an offense better than Baylor’s out there, maybe Oregon is on the same level, but not many others. They could have scored one-hundred points had they so desired. The Bears took it easy on WVU in the second-half, and still managed to score 73-points.
West Virginia has had a myriad of problems at the quarterback position. Head coach Dana Holgorsen has no choice but to keep running out the same three guys at the position.
The reality for West Virginia seems to be that they have three quarterbacks, which actually means they have none.
Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett continued to launch deep balls into the night, rarely bothering to look at any receivers underneath, whether they were wide open or not. There’s a lot of work to be done, next year’s starting quarterback might not even be on this roster.
It was a gritty performance by Trickett, who fought through pain all night long, but clearly wasn’t making the right reads, and Holgorsen obviously was frustrated on the sidelines by that.
Trickett completed 9 out of 28 passes for 161-yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. Paul Millard replaced him late in the game, and did a solid job, completing 8 of 13 passes for 115-yards and two touchdowns.
Charles Sims led the Mountaineers in rushing with 92-yards on 19 carries and one touchdown. The offensive line struggled to open holes on a consistent basis for Sims once again. All he needs is a crease, rarely does he actually get one.
I certainly didn’t think Baylor would hang 73-points on WVU, but they proved me wrong for sure. I also didn’t think it was likely for them to score around 70-points for four straight games in a row, but that is one powerful offensive machine down there at Baylor, and they proved it tonight.
I’ll eat my crow sandwich and the Mountaineers will now fly home with their tails between their legs.