Waco, TX. – The Thursday night Halloween massacre in Waco is now several days behind the Mountaineers, but for many the loss still stings. The Mountaineers lost to the undefeated Baylor Bears 17-14 and days later, one play still stings for many.
Probably for no one more than head coach Neal Brown himself.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers were a field goal away from tying the Bears and the potential of overtime, an upset, and a signature win for Brown’s tenure in West Virginia were all on the line. Casey Legg made the 43-yard field goal and as it went through the goalposts, the ref’s lovely yellow flag flew. Delay of game.
Ultimately, Legg’s second field goal fell flat and the Mountaineers went on to lose the game. Following the harrowing loss, Brown shouldered the blame in a post-game conference where the sadness in the room was truly palpable.
“That’s my fault. We got people that are in charge of looking at the clock, but, at the end of the day, it’s my fault,” Brown lamented. “I’m sitting there thinking about how we’re going to use our timeouts and how we’re going to kickoff and I didn’t see the clock. That’s on me. He hit the first one and felt good about it . . . ”
While the Mountaineers obviously left Texas without the win, the growth and improvement shown by this young team was marked and outstanding. From the start, Vic Koenning’s defense looked like a seasoned, well-oiled machine and made Baylor’s offense stall and slow; holding them to the lowest amount of points scored at home this season.
Brown’s Thursday night dejection will likely turn into motivation as the Mountaineers play host to the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday at noon in Morgantown.