This weekend’s matchup with Baylor marked West Virginia’s third Big 12 game of the season but the Mountaineers came up short yet again marking the team’s third Big 12 conference loss in that span. The Bears are a very good team however and it doesn’t help that this was the usual road trip for the Mountaineers all the way to Texas.
West Virginia’s head coach Neal Brown discussed what he took in from the game shortly following it Saturday afternoon in Waco. The coach explained Baylor’s strong defensive presence, the ability to get into the backfield, make plays and take down West Virginia’s quarterbacks.
“After about five or six minutes in the third quarter we were never in it, and so disappointing but credit to Baylor they played solid today,” Brown said. “They did a really good job of moving around defensively I think that Petri and Bernard are really good but those other guys are the ones that made a bunch of plays today and we didn’t foresee that so credit to them.”
The highlight of the day was Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon’s arm and legs propelling the Bears offense to a dominant showing both on the ground and through the air. The Earle, Arkansas native threw for four touchdowns and also ran one in while going for 342 yards in total.
“Defensively we’ve played above average at times, but we haven’t been very consistent, and we’ve struggled with coverage and they came out and they had shown the ability early to do that as far as throwing the football, but they did today and Bohanon’s played well,” Brown said. “I don’t think he’s thrown an interception all year and we haven’t covered Thornton yet, he may still be running out there wide open.”
One of the major issues for the Mountaineers on the offensive side of the ball has been the ability to block for the playmakers in the backfield including Quarterback Jarret Doege and running back Leddie Brown.
“We didn’t block them, in particular our right side. It doesn’t matter if you are going to run or pass, when you lose one on one battles over and over and over again it’s going to be hard and there’s some fundamental issues there, there’s some things they took advantage of some good matchups and we just didn’t play very well,” Brown said.
After all, Baylor has one of the top scoring offenses and defenses in all of college football this season and is usually a solid football powerhouse in the Big 12 conference, having a steady presence of talent inflow in the Texas recruiting circle.
“Baylor’s got a good football team and they got some momentum early in the season, they got rolling and they played really well here at home beat a quality Iowa State team here, but they played well but we didn’t do enough to compete at this level and so when that happens everything is on the table,” Brown said.
The third loss in a row to a Big 12 opponent may have come at the best time simply due to the fact that the Mountaineers have a bye week next weekend before traveling to TCU the weekend after for another road conference game.
“We have issues to fix and the more time you have to fix them I think it’s better and we’re beat up, and we brought like 66 guys on the trip, we’re down scholarship numbers anyway, had to play a ton of guys so we’re beat up pretty good, nothing major,” Brown said. “I think the bye week hits at a good time and like I said we’ve got issues to fix and so the more time we have to do it the better.”