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West Virginia Thread Alert: Halloween Night

NCAA Football: Cactus Bowl-West Virginia vs Arizona State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Date: October 31, 2019 (Halloween)

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: McClane Stadium, Waco, Texas

Opponent: Baylor Bear

Uniform: Blue Helmets - White Uniforms - Blue Pants

It has been 12 days since the West Virginia Mountaineers took the field and the last time they did, they were in Norman, Oklahoma facing the then-undefeated Oklahoma Sooners. That game didn’t end well for the Mountaineers but now they turn their sights to the Baylor Bears and Waco, Texas. Waco has been a place of horror for the Mountaineers, who have only won once, way back in 2017 when Charlie Brewer was inserted into the game as the Mountaineers cruised to a 38-13 lead at the start of the 4th quarter. Will Grier and the offense were flying high back then and Brewer jump started a lifeless Bears team and nearly brought them back, scoring 23 points in what seemed like a blink of an eye. Xavier Preston saved the game with a sack on a two-point conversion.

This time, the Mountaineers are the ones who may have to insert a quarterback. The offense has struggled this season. Perhaps Neal Brown will find life in a new quarterback the way Rhule did two years ago. Matt Rhule reminiscenced about inserting Charlie on his Monday press conference.

Yeah, I mean, we put Charlie Brewer in cause, you know, what was unique about that game was, it was, I think it 10-10, it was 10-10 right before the half and we hit a pass, it went down and we’re driving to maybe take the lead, I think it was 10-10 and we give them the ball on the three yard line with a minute and they go 90 yards and hit a seam ball to go up 17-10 then they came out after halftime, they scored another touchdown in two plays so it went from 10-10, we’re in the game to 24-10 and all of a sudden we lost hope and we just, we kinda gave up and we put Charlie in and then Trestan Ebner hits a big play, Ebner goes in the game and we just kind of start playing frantically and playing loose and made a bunch of plays, Gavin Holmes was out there running around, so a lot of those guys that were out there playing, now they’re veterans and I think the thing that we’ve learned is, you know, we have to stop worrying about everything else and just play football, play free and play loose and play relaxed and that was one of those games where, you know, you get behind, when you’re young, you don’t have to worry about, when it’s 17-17 and you’re playing, you’re worried about making a mistake that can cost the game, when it’s 38-17, you’re just playing and we found a way to get back in that game.”