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No. 14 West Virginia beats Baylor 24-21 to get to 10 wins

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Skyler Howard did just enough on an erratic night to secure West Virginia's first 10-win regular season in a decade.

Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and No. 14 West Virginia held on for a 24-21 victory over Baylor on Saturday in their Big 12 regular-season finale.

After the game, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons announced in a statement that coach Dana Holgorsen was given a five-year contract extension to 2021.

Justin Crawford rushed for 209 yards for the Mountaineers (10-2, 7-2). They came from 11 points down in the first half to hand Baylor (6-6, 3-6) its sixth straight loss after a 6-0 start.

''I guess it's fitting that in a year where we battled and fight to get to 10 wins, we get to it in the hardest way possible,'' Holgorsen said.

Howard improved to 19-8 as a starter. He received the loudest ovation from the crowd as players were introduced on Senior Day and he ran to midfield to hug his mom, Deidre Kelley.

''All he does is win,'' Holgorsen said. ''That's his career. That's his legacy. He's a smart, competitive kid.''

Baylor held the momentum for nearly three quarters in the final regular-season game for acting coach Jim Grobe, but that changed on two plays.

Howard, having one of his worst games of the season, threw to Gary Jennings over the middle and he turned it into a 58-yard scoring play.

After Baylor got the ball back, Marvin Gross stripped quarterback Zach Smith, and Darrien Howard recovered for West Virginia. An unsportsmanlike penalty on Baylor gave the Mountaineers the ball at the Bears 6, and Skyler Howard scored on a 1-yard sneak on fourth down for a 24-14 lead.

Smith threw a 43-yard TD toss to Ishmael Zamora with 2:40 left in the game and the Bears got the ball back following a punt. But Smith was stripped of the ball on a pass attempt and Darrien Howard recovered at the Baylor 30 with 27 seconds left.

''We actually played better today,'' Grobe said. ''I'm just proud of the way our kids have hung in there with a freshman quarterback. We've really been an undermanned football team all year. It affects not only our depth on the field but also our practice.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: The heavy-underdog Bears led 14-3 midway through the second quarter but couldn't muster much on offense after that. A defense that had given up an average of 48 points and 576 yards during its losing streak held its own against West Virginia for much of the game.

''I think we gave damn good effort,'' said Smith, playing his third game in place of the injured Seth Russell.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers had already clinched third place in the Big 12. Despite the final home game for 21 seniors, West Virginia was sluggish on a cold night. Howard completed 10 of 26 passes for a season-low 111 yards.

HOLGORSEN CONTRACT

Holgorsen's new five-year package is worth $18.6 million plus incentives.

Holgorsen, 45, earned $2.9 million this season, including a base salary of $250,000. The school said he'll earn $4 million plus incentives over the final year of the contract in 2021.

CRAWFORD'S RUNNING

Crawford's second 200-plus-yard game of the season put him at 1,168 rushing yards for the season. He also had 331 yards in a loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 19.

He now has the 11th-highest single-season rushing total in school history.

It marked the first time West Virginia player had multiple 200-yard rushing games since 2006.

SQUANDERED CHANCES

West Virginia couldn't cash in on several other chances to score that would have made the game a rout.

After getting an interception on the game's opening drive, West Virginia turned the ball over on downs at the Baylor 22.

Mike Molina later missed two field goals. Shelton Gibson returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, but that was called back by a holding penalty on the Mountaineers.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

An unimpressive win against a struggling team shouldn't give West Virginia a reason to move up in the AP poll .

UP NEXT

Both teams find out their bowl destinations Sunday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:40
40-C.Callahan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
24
Touchdown 2:40
4-Z.Smith complete to 8-I.Zamora. 8-I.Zamora runs 43 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
86
yds
01:31
pos
20
24
Point After TD 14:57
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 14:57
3-S.Howard runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
1
plays
1
yds
00:03
pos
14
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:04
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 2:04
3-S.Howard complete to 12-G.Jennings. 12-G.Jennings runs 58 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
80
yds
01:10
pos
14
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:52
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 3:52
3-S.Howard complete to 6-D.Shorts. 6-D.Shorts runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
78
yds
05:05
pos
14
9
Point After TD 9:03
40-C.Callahan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 9:03
4-Z.Smith complete to 9-K.Cannon. 9-K.Cannon runs 60 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on WVU 1-A.Crawford Pass interference declined.
2
plays
71
yds
00:18
pos
13
3
Point After TD 14:54
40-C.Callahan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 14:54
22-T.Williams runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
9
yds
00:06
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:29
48-M.Molina 50 yards Field Goal is Good.
17
plays
55
yds
03:50
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 25
Rushing 7 14
Passing 12 5
Penalty 0 6
3rd Down Conv 4-13 4-18
4th Down Conv 0-2 3-4
Total Net Yards 457 431
Total Plays 72 88
Avg Gain 6.3 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 196 311
Rush Attempts 41 62
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 5.0
Net Yards Passing 261 120
Comp. - Att. 15-31 10-26
Yards Per Pass 8.4 4.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-17 2-9
Penalties - Yards 12-100 6-62
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 6-41.3 7-33.9
Return Yards 70 67
Punts - Returns 3-5 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-65 3-49
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-18
Kicking 3/3 4/6
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 1/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Baylor 6-6 0140721
16 West Virginia 10-2 377724
261 PASS YDS 120
196 RUSH YDS 311
457 TOTAL YDS 431
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Smith 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.4% 244 2 2 122.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.1% 1151 10 6 131.0
Z. Smith 15/31 244 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 90 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
160 945 11
T. Williams 11 90 1 48
J. Hasty 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
112 591 2
J. Hasty 15 76 0 17
S. Linwood 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
138 751 2
S. Linwood 6 29 0 14
I. Zamora 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
I. Zamora 2 5 0 4
Z. Smith 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 -28 1
Z. Smith 7 -4 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
I. Zamora 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 102 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
58 786 7
I. Zamora 8 102 1 43
K. Cannon 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 84 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
73 989 11
K. Cannon 5 84 1 60
C. Platt 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 485 4
C. Platt 1 38 0 38
J. Atkinson 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 34 0
J. Atkinson 1 20 0 20
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Young 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
T. Young 12-3 0.0 0
T. Blanchard 48 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
T. Blanchard 11-3 0.0 0
O. Stewart 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 5 0.0
O. Stewart 9-2 0.0 0
K. Smith 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.5
K. Smith 6-2 0.5 0
P. Levels 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
P. Levels 5-0 1.0 0
A. Edwards 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
A. Edwards 5-2 0.0 0
T. Hunt 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
T. Hunt 5-2 0.0 0
C. Waz 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
C. Waz 4-1 0.0 0
G. Roberts 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
G. Roberts 4-2 0.0 0
C. Johnston 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
C. Johnston 3-1 0.0 0
G. Arnold 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Arnold 2-0 0.0 0
J. Jacobs 43 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Jacobs 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Callahan 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
9/14 49/50
C. Callahan 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Galitz 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 41.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 41.3 1
D. Galitz 6 41.3 1 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Nicholson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 21.7 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 18.6 25 0
T. Nicholson 3 21.7 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Nicholson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 1.7 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 10.0 4 0
T. Nicholson 3 1.7 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Howard 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
38.5% 111 2 0 99.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.8% 3194 26 10 149.2
S. Howard 10/26 111 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 209 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
157 1168 4
J. Crawford 28 209 0 63
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 63 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 244 1
M. Pettaway 16 63 0 16
S. Howard 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 26 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
121 400 9
S. Howard 12 26 1 8
R. Shell III 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
107 514 5
R. Shell III 3 9 0 5
S. Gibson 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 29 0
S. Gibson 1 4 0 4
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 466 3
K. McKoy 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 69 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 165 2
G. Jennings 3 69 1 58
D. Shorts Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 18 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
58 833 5
D. Shorts Jr. 3 18 1 9
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 95 1
M. Simms 2 17 0 13
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 59 1
K. McKoy 1 6 0 6
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 59 1
J. Crawford 1 1 0 1
S. Gibson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 927 8
S. Gibson 0 0 0 0
D. Mathis 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 46 0
D. Mathis 0 0 0 0
J. Durante 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 309 2
J. Durante 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Arndt 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
J. Arndt 8-1 0.0 0
J. Harper 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
J. Harper 6-1 0.0 0
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
E. Battle 6-0 0.0 0
C. Brown 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
C. Brown 5-2 0.0 0
D. Howard 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Howard 4-0 0.0 0
D. Long 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Long 4-0 0.0 0
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 0.0
A. Benton 3-3 0.0 0
J. Tyler 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
J. Tyler 3-1 0.0 1
M. Gross Jr. 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 2.0
M. Gross Jr. 3-2 2.0 1
T. Avery 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Avery 3-0 0.0 0
N. Nwachukwu 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
N. Nwachukwu 2-0 1.0 0
A. Shuler II 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Shuler II 2-0 1.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Donahue 1-0 0.0 0
R. Douglas 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 8 0.0
R. Douglas 1-0 0.0 0
A. Crawford 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Crawford 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Molina 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
15/22 49/49
M. Molina 1/3 50 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 33.9 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 41.4 2
B. Kinney 7 33.9 2 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Gibson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
27 22.4 21 0
S. Gibson 2 21.0 21 0
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 14.0 7 0
G. Jennings 1 7.0 7 0
T. Wesco 81 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
T. Wesco 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 BAYLOR 27 0:36 1 1 INT
13:15 BAYLOR 22 2:28 6 19 Punt
7:49 BAYLOR 29 1:23 3 -1 Punt
2:23 BAYLOR 25 2:10 6 66
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 9 0:06 1 9 TD
11:13 BAYLOR 12 0:16 3 0 Punt
9:21 BAYLOR 29 0:18 2 71 TD
3:45 BAYLOR 27 2:42 5 24 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 BAYLOR 21 0:49 3 3 Punt
9:55 BAYLOR 30 2:51 6 30 Punt
5:49 BAYLOR 20 2:27 7 25 Punt
1:54 BAYLOR 8 0:51 3 80 FUMBLE
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 BAYLOR 25 1:21 6 45
11:24 BAYLOR 23 4:00 10 38
4:11 BAYLOR 14 1:31 6 86 TD
0:53 BAYLOR 20 0:16 4 50 FUMBLE
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:07 BAYLOR 30 0:44 4 8
10:39 WVU 28 0:56 12 24
6:19 WVU 40 3:50 17 27 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 WVU 18 3:29 10 45 Punt
10:50 WVU 40 1:18 3 -7 Punt
8:57 WVU 22 5:05 15 78 TD
0:54 WVU 3 0:30 2 12
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 WVU 15 2:10 8 22 Punt
11:34 WVU 7 1:30 4 7 Punt
6:55 WVU 20 1:01 5 66 FG Miss
3:14 WVU 20 1:10 5 80 TD
0:57 BAYLOR 12 0:42 4 5
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAYLOR 1 0:03 1 1 TD
13:28 WVU 30 1:56 5 18 Punt
7:20 WVU 39 3:02 6 15 Punt
2:39 BAYLOR 38 1:39 3 6 Punt
0:27 BAYLOR 30 0:00 1 -1