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RECAP: West Virginia rides strong defensive performance to double overtime win over Baylor in Morgantown

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NCAA Football: Baylor at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty in the slightest, but a win is a win. The West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1, 1-1 Big 12) held off the Baylor Bears (1-1, 1-1 Big 12) this afternoon in double overtime.

The Mountaineers continue to have an affinity for shooting themselves in the foot to kill momentum, but were able to overcome it today thanks to a strong defensive performance.

Highlights

Box Score

West Virginia

Baylor

Takeaways

  • We’re seeing a real commitment to honoring the legacy of the 2010 Mountaineers from this team, in that it looks like we have a really good defense that’s weighed down by a subpar offense. It’s a real shame we’re seeing what will probably be both Stills brothers’ last year at West Virginia come in a season that ultimately means nothing thanks to the pandemic.
  • Apparently being offsides is not a penalty in the Big 12. I lost count of how many times a Baylor defender was blatantly over the line of scrimmage. Just absolutely abhorrent officiating from the Big 12.
  • Jarret Doege is not as good as we thought he was after that Eastern Kentucky massacre, but is just good enough to keep the starting job over Kendall and true freshman Garret Greene. Doege finished 30-of-42 (71%) passing for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
  • It’s pretty clear that Neal Brown doesn’t trust Evan Staley when the game is on the line. West Virginia had the ball on their 40 yard line with 1:19 left in the fourth and, instead of trying to get into field goal position, the Mountaineers just played it conservatively to run out the clock. Then, instead of just hitting what should’ve been an easy field goal on that second OT possession, Brown elected to play for the game winning touchdown instead.

Players of the Game

Tykee Smith and Darius Stills

NCAA Football: Baylor at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

I almost gave Tykee the nod over Darius Stills here solely because he saved us from having to set through more overtime, but I just didn’t feel right not giving Darius a shoutout for his performance — which brings me to...

Tweet of the Game

Over the last eight quarters against the Bears, Darius Stills has racked up 5.5 sacks. He’s set up permanent residence in Charlie Brewer’s head at this point.

What’s Next?

West Virginia is back at home in two weeks, when they’re scheduled to take on the Kansas Jayhawks with fans in attendance for the first time this season, provided both teams can meet the Big 12 requirement for available players. Kickoff time and broadcast information will be released later this week.