West Virginia defensive lineman Darius Stills finished with a game-high 2.5 sacks and a career-high 3.5 TFLs in the double-overtime win over Baylor on Saturday. That performance earned the Fairmont native the Big 12 Conference’s co-defensive player of the week nod. The redshirt senior has seven total tackles, 4.5 TFLs for 22 yards to go along with 2.5 sacks for 17 yards.
The hype train has followed West Virginia senior defensive lineman Darius Stills since the end of a highly productive junior season in 2019. The Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year put his best work on film Saturday against Baylor. Stills usually occupies the middle of the defensive line, but on Saturday he occasionally lined up on the edge to mix things up.
West Virginia’s double overtime victory over Baylor was intriguing for a number of reasons. The Mountaineer defense and special teams responded to help WVU hang on for its second win of the season. On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” the guys evaluate the win for WVU and answer a series of questions from listener texts and calls.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown said a lot of his focus during the open week will be on the offensive side of the football. The Mountaineer offense generated 27 points in last Saturday’s six-point, double-overtime victory of Baylor, but 13 of those came during overtime and large chunks of the game resulted in empty drives.
In the most recent game for West Virginia football against Baylor, the offense came on the field looking poised and improved after putting up only one touchdown the week before against Oklahoma State. After a promising first possession, WVU did not score another point until there was under a minute and a half left in the third quarter to go up 14-7.
West Virginia women’s basketball sophomore guard Jayla Hemingway has been declared eligible by the NCAA for competition for the 2020-21 season. Hemingway transferred to WVU from Mississippi State in summer 2020.
West Virginia Athletics
Following her game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Texas on October 2nd, redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla of the #7 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. Segalla found the back of the net in the 17th minute against the Longhorns, helping the Mountaineers improve to 3-1 on the season.
Sophomore Kurtis Grant picked up two victories on Saturday to lead the West Virginia golf team at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas. Baylor defeated WVU, 4-2, at the event.
Around the Big 12
Iowa State running back Breece Hall was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. TCU’s La’Kendrick Van Zandt and West Virginia’s Darius Stills shared Defensive Player of the Week recognition. TCU kicker Griffin Kell was named the Special Teams Player of the Week, while Kansas State freshman running back Deuce Vaughn picked up Newcomer of the Week.
The one thing that is certain about the Big 12 at the moment is this; nothing is certain. Oklahoma and Texas are reeling. Oklahoma State is 2-0 in conference play without their starting quarterback Spencer Sanders. And suddenly, Kansas State, Iowa State, TCU, and perhaps to a lesser degree West Virginia, are all proving to be dangerous teams each week.
Baylor claimed the title of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Match Play Tournament for the second time in the three years of the event after winning the tiebreaker over Oklahoma State in the championship match at The Club at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas.
Around the NCAA
There was some shifting among the college football conference powerhouses this week. Here is a look at the hierarchy among the three Power 5 conferences that were in action this past week, along with an initial Group of 5 rankings.
Jimmy Butler’s 40-point triple-double on LeBron James is one of the best NBA Finals performances you will ever see. Butler’s play was so tremendous that he was seen in the fourth quarter barking at James “you’re in trouble”.
In this episode, host Brad Howe and oddsmaker/risk analyst Dave Sharapan break it all down and provide advice on the best plays of the week, including the over trend in the NFL, a look ahead to early NFL week 5 lines that have value, and the two best MLB playoff series lines to play.
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