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Frantic 2-minute drill spurs WVU to comeback win at Baylor

WACO, Texas — When it got here time to ship a profitable two-minute drill, West Virginia soccer coach Neal Brown had full religion in junior quarterback Garrett Greene.

“Garrett is basically good on the two minute drill — we scored two touchdowns tonight with lower than a minute (within the first and second halves),” Brown mentioned after the Mountaineers’ 34-31 comeback victory over Baylor on a wet night time at McLane Stadium.

Greene related with freshman operating again Jahiem White for a 29-yard landing with 23 seconds remaining within the recreation. It was White’s fifth landing of the season and second receiving rating.

“That’s a play we’ve been operating for the reason that first week of spring apply, and we haven’t run it in a recreation but,” Brown mentioned. “We run it in each two minute drill in apply. (The significance of two minute drills) is one thing I discovered from Mark (Stoops) once I was at a Kentucky. In apply, there’s lots of errors in these two minute drills. However there’s additionally studying factors. It’s helped Garrett grow to be the 2 minute man he’s now.”

Greene accomplished 16 of 25 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and had 14 carries for 103 yards and two scores. He surpassed 2,000 passing yards through the second quarter and now has 2,178 on the season.

White rushed for a game-high 133 yards, his fourth 100-plus yard recreation of the season, which comes only a week after speeding for a career-high 204 yards final week in opposition to Cincinnati.

Greene loved his second consecutive 4 landing recreation and third of the season for the Mountaineers (8-4), who’ve received eight video games for the primary time since 2018. In addition they prolonged their sequence result in 8-4 over Baylor however received for the primary time since 2017, and second time ever, in Waco.

The victory in Waco was a primary for Brown, who got here near upsetting the eventual Huge 12 runner-up Bears in 2019.

“That is the third time I’ve been right here and by far the very best feeling I’ve had,” Brown mentioned.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in opposition to the host Bears (3-9), on a 30 yard landing cross from Greene to freshman large receiver Traylon Ray, his second landing of the season.

Michael Hayes kicked the primary of his two area objectives for 38 yards. It was his fifth a number of area purpose recreation of the season.

Greene rushed for a 23-yard landing, sandwiched between two kickoff returns, 96 and 93 yards, respectively, by Baylor sophomore Richard Reese, who grew to become simply the 12th participant in NCAA historical past to perform two kickoff touchdowns in the identical recreation.

“It was bittersweet for me as a result of Baylor’s particular groups analyst is Tyler Hancock, who was a pupil coach once I was at Kentucky,” Brown mentioned. “I’ll be completely satisfied for him sooner or later however not tonight. The 2 kickoffs had been large. We bought beat on 1-on-1 blocks, and that ought to by no means occur. That’s not who we’ve been on particular groups, and that’s not who had been going to be.”

Greene scored on a one-yard keeper with 15 seconds remaining within the first half to increase WVU’s result in 27-14 at halftime, regardless of outscoring the Bears 27-0 offensively.

Bears quarterback Sawyer Robertson related with Ketron Jackson Jr. for a landing, and Dominic Richardson’s two-yard rush put the Bears forward 28-27 within the third quarter.

Isaiah Hawkins kicked a 39-yard area purpose, giving Baylor a 31-27 lead with 12:58 remaining within the recreation. However he missed a vital area purpose with 1:14 left within the recreation that resulted within the Mountaineers’ game-winning drive.

Hudson Clement caught 4 passes for a team-high 80 yards, and he was a key contributor on the successful drive.

“We didn’t play very effectively tonight,” Brown mentioned. “It is a good win. It will get us to eight wins (together with) six wins within the convention, which is important.”

BY MICHAEL SUDHALTER