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COLUMN: WVU supplied a glimpse of what might’ve been

West Virginia was alleged to be the worst crew within the Massive 12 this season, everyone is aware of this. 

The Mountaineers have been removed from that this season, however we bought a glimpse of what that may’ve appeared like with their efficiency in opposition to Baylor on Saturday.

In opposition to the Bears, one of many groups really on the backside of the convention, we noticed a WVU crew that very nicely might have completed final within the league. It was a WVU crew that did every thing it might to get in its personal method, couldn’t play complimentary soccer and fell aside on the first signal of adversity.

The Mountaineers really performed fairly nicely within the first half. The offense put collectively six scoring drives and the protection pitched a shutout, however particular groups was a multitude as WVU allowed back-to-back kickoff return touchdowns to Baylor’s Richard Reese. 

That lack of complimentary soccer turned what ought to have been a convincing blowout right into a sport as Baylor solely trailed 27-14 at halftime.

That allowed Baylor, a 3-8 crew taking part in out the ultimate sport of a dreadful season with its backup quarterback, to come back out of the break with some confidence. That led the way in which for West Virginia, a crew with infinitely extra to play for than Baylor, to be completely dominated within the third quarter.

The Bears did no matter they wished within the body, scoring two touchdowns to take the lead whereas fully shutting down WVU’s offense. 

A type of Baylor touchdowns was arrange by a kick-catch interference penalty by WVU’s punt crew, one other particular groups snafu.

A area objective to start out the fourth quarter gave Baylor a 31-27 lead, however these 4 factors started to really feel insurmountable because the Mountaineers squandered one probability after one other. WVU’s offense bought the ball thrice trailing by 4 or much less factors and punted all thrice.

And but, with all of that being mentioned, with all of the unhealthy, ugly and bone-headed soccer the Mountaineers performed, they received the sport 34-31. 

The offense bought one remaining probability when Baylor missed a area objective with lower than two minutes to play. Quarterback Garrett Greene, who was depressing within the second half, put collectively a masterful remaining drive that resulted in a game-winning 29-yard landing cross to Jahiem White.

Soccer is a troublesome sport, successful video games is difficult. There are days when a three-win crew can play image excellent, dominating soccer and there are days when a crew that’s performed horribly can muster up simply sufficient juice to win on the very finish.

West Virginia was alleged to be the worst crew within the Massive 12 this season. Regardless that that’s how they performed on Saturday, the Mountaineers proved that they’re nicely and actually not.