The West Virginia football team came out flat in all aspects of their game against Baylor on Saturday ultimately falling, 45-20.
The game put in the loss column marks the Mountaineers third-straight defeat to Big 12 teams here in the end of September and early October after dropping matchups to then No. 4 Oklahoma and Texas Tech last weekend.
The hero of the day for Baylor was junior quarterback Gerry Bohanon who tossed for 336 yards and four touchdowns over the West Virginia defense. The Earle, Arkansas, native not only began his day throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass but also rushed for a one-yard end zone score later in the first quarter.
Less than a minute into regulation and the Bears taking the ball to begin the game, Bohanon found TyQuan Thornton for a long 75-yard connection for the opening touchdown of many on the day.
Following a Jarret Doege to Sean Ryan 12-yard touchdown pass up the middle for West Virginia to knot it up, Baylor wasted no time getting back on the scoreboard on a 10-yard pass to the left side of the field between Bohanon and Ben Sims for the 14-7 advantage.
Bohanon and company ran it up on the day as the Bears third touchdown of the day came on a one-yard rush up the middle to catch the Mountaineer defensive front off-guard. The scoring drive only saw four Baylor plays including a Bohanon 22-yard strike to Thornton to advance to the three-yard line.
The first half was monstrous for the Bears offense going for the 28 points but also totaling 322 total yards on offense including 8.7 average yards per play through the half.
The Mountaineers extended their first drive of the second half 11 plays and set up Casey Legg for a 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 15 points six minutes into the second half. The drive featured a 25-yard connection between Doege and Winston Wright Jr. to advance to the Baylor 45-yard line.
The Baylor drive that followed didn’t take long at all to end in a similar result as the first half as Bohanon found Ben Sims open at the goal line for another touchdown strike, this one for 29 yards.
The name of the game for the Baylor’s defense was the sacks as they collected five into the third quarter with the longest coming on a 10-yard loss on Doege in the first quarter. Sophomore defensive lineman Siaki Ika led the Bears in sacks on the day with a pair of sacks.
Baylor running back Abram Smith was then able to find some wide open space to rush up the middle for a 31-yard touchdown rush and post a 42-13, 29-point advantage heading to the fourth quarter.
After another failed to convert West Virginia offensive drive, the Bears took the ball 46 yards and in position for an Isaiah Hankins 45-yard field goal. The good field goal in the fourth marked Hankins lone attempt of the day as the Baylor offense was able to take care of business for the most part and stick the ball into the end zone.
The Mountaineers weren’t able to get much at all going on the day, but a fourth quarter Garrett Greene 13-yard touchdown rush marked the second West Virginia touchdown of the day following the first quarter completion between Doege and Ryan.
The Greene scoring drive saw the quarterback keep it and run on four plays throughout the drive as well as connect with Wright Jr. on a 25-yard completion. Greene went for a total of 55 yards on the ground against Baylor with the lone touchdown and longest rushing carry of 18 yards.
Although the tough defensive showing on Saturday, some Mountaineers came down with five tackle performances including senior linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo and senior safeties Alonzo Addae and Sean Mahone.
The Mountaineers will now have a bye week next Saturday and will begin preparing for another road game in Texas at TCU on Saturday, Oct. 23, with game time yet to be announced.
(Top Photo: Bryan Doughtery)