The West Virginia football team escaped Waco, Texas with a closer than it should have been win against the Baylor Bears.
With the lead getting up to 25 points at the end of the third quarter, Baylor started their comeback. The Bears scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, shutting out WVU. The Mountaineers offense was very stagnant and the defensive play calling was a bit iffy on the last Baylor drive. The defense stepped up and stopped Baylor on their two point conversion attempt to seal the game.
The offense- outside of the fourth quarter- was hitting on all cylinders once again. Junior quarterback Will Grier threw for over 300 yards again and added on five touchdown passes for the third time this season. Wide receiver David Sills had seven catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
These two have been putting up huge numbers game in and game out this season but no one is mentioning either of those Mountaineers in any Heisman talks.
David Sills was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list a few weeks ago. And he is deserving of that. A quarterback turned wide receiver has the most touchdown catches this season with 15. The chemistry he and Grier have developed in the little time they have been together has been instrumental in WVUs success this season.
Will Grier has been on a tear this season and playing as if he has something to prove. In all seven games, he has eclipsed the 300 yard mark and has thrown two or more touchdown passes. He has 2,467 yards and has completed 66.7% of his passes this season. Grier is the first West Virginia quarter ever to throw for five or more touchdowns in consecutive games. This is amazing considering the quarterbacks in WVU history- Geno Smith, Pat White, and Major Harris.
For this duo, in particular Grier, it is surprising that their names are not being bought up in Heisman talks.
Will Grier has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country this season with the numbers that he has been putting up on a weekly basis. Grier has more yards and touchdowns than defending Heisman winner Lamar Jackson has, along with a better record and being ranked. USC quarterback Sam Darnold has looked inconsistent at times (he has thrown 10 interceptions this season) and his team is fresh off a blowout loss to Notre Dame.
The front runner and most likely winner is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley as he is on another level than everyone else in college football right now. Also in the conversation are two other quarterbacks from the Big12 in Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph. Mayfield and the Sooners have one loss and a big victory over Ohio State. Rudolph and Oklahoma State have one of the best offensive units in the country. Will Grier has very comparable stats to both of those quarterbacks but yet is still to be mentioned after an impressive seven game stretch to start the season.
Grier and the Mountaineers have a chance to make a statement next weekend when the Oklahoma State Cowboys travel to Morgantown. With this game and a few more opportunities against ranked opponents down the road, maybe the national media will start giving these West Virginia stars the attention they deserve.