MORGANTOWN — There was no panic when West Virginia obtained the ball again trailing by 4 factors with simply 1:14 left Saturday night time’s sport in opposition to Baylor. The Mountaineers had no timeouts and wanted to get into the endzone in simply 74 seconds so as to come again to Morgantown with a win.
Thankfully, the Mountaineers know a factor or two about working a two-minute drill.
“That’s one thing we do each week,” quarterback Garrett Greene stated. “Each Wednesday Coach (Neal) Brown offers us a brand new situation, whether or not we want three factors to win it, a area purpose to tie or a landing to win it. That’s one thing we rep.”
Greene calmly led the group down the sphere, hitting two massive passes to receiver Hudson Clement and scrambling for a primary down earlier than hitting working again Jahiem White on a wheel route for the go-ahead rating, taking simply 50 seconds off the clock. The Mountaineers in the end received, 34-31.
WVU’s effectiveness shouldn’t have come as a shock to anybody who watched the group over the ultimate 4 video games of the season, particularly to anybody who had watched your complete sport in opposition to Baylor, because the Mountaineers pulled off the identical feat simply earlier than halftime.
Main 20-14 on the time, West Virginia obtained the ball with 1:46 to play earlier than the break and no timeouts. Similar to they did just a few hours later, the Mountaineers went proper down the sphere and scored a landing when Greene ran in from a yard out with 9 seconds left.
“Garrett’s actually good on the two-minute drive,” Brown stated. “We scored two touchdowns (Saturday) in lower than a minute-and-a-half each occasions with zero timeouts.”
On the 2 drives, Greene was 5-of-8 passing for 108 yards and ran 4 occasions for 29 yards. He was chargeable for each touchdowns.
“I’ve practiced the two-minute drill loads and I believe it simply comes with consciousness and realizing the place you might be on the sphere,” Greene stated. “Coach Brown says when you’re exterior the numbers, get out of bounds, and when you’re contained in the numbers, get what you’ll be able to and get down.”
WVU ran profitable two-minute drives in all 4 of its ultimate video games within the common season, beginning with BYU and ending Saturday at Baylor.
Towards BYU, WVU went 78 yards in 1:05 and kicked a area purpose earlier than halftime. The next week at Oklahoma, the Mountaineers had a minute earlier than halftime and went 75 yards and scored a landing.
Then in opposition to Cincinnati, they once more went 75 yards, this time with 1:32 to work with, and scored one other landing simply forward of the break.
“We do them a bunch,” Brown stated. “That’s one thing I realized from Mark (Stoops) once I was at Kentucky, a variety of situational soccer and we do it.”
Whereas the group’s two-minute offense ended the common season on a sizzling streak, that wasn’t the case earlier within the yr. The group scored a few occasions proper earlier than halftime earlier, a landing in opposition to Duquesne and a area purpose in opposition to Texas Tech, however each of these drives took round three minutes.
A final-second area purpose within the first half at TCU would have counted, however a penalty compelled a re-kick that was missed. Greene had one other heroic end with an 88-yard landing drive within the ultimate minute at Houston, however the Cougars in the end received that sport.
It’s no shock that as Greene improved all through the season, so too did WVU’s two-minute drills.
“In apply, there are a variety of errors in these two-minute drills, however there are additionally studying factors,” Brown stated. “We sort of simply let (Greene) play. He’s like my oldest daughter, some classes are arduous and also you’ve obtained to study them by doing them. He’s realized some arduous classes in some two-minute drills in apply, however these have helped him turn out to be the two-minute man that he’s now.”
The Mountaineers averaged greater than 35 factors per sport over their ultimate seven contests of the season and a sizeable chunk of that scoring got here as a result of they developed the flexibility to reap the benefits of each second on the clock and squeeze out factors on the finish of halves.