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No. 23 West Virginia survives at Baylor, 38-36

WACO, Texas (AP) Nobody has to tell West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson that Baylor can put up points in a hurry. The Mountaineers gave up 62 and 73 points in their first two trips to Waco.

But Holgerson didn't expect his team would need to stop a two-point conversion and recover an onside kick to win after carrying a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter all while facing a freshman quarterback.

That's exactly what happened, though. Xavier Preston sacked Charlie Brewer on a two-point try with 17 seconds left and No. 23 West Virginia withstood a furious fourth-quarter Baylor rally to escape with a 38-36 win Saturday night.

''At the end of the day we made a play at the end, and then we recovered the onside kick,'' Holgerson said. ''That's two years in a row we've recovered an onside kick against these guys to seal the games. I'm proud of the way the guys did that. So we'll take the win, and we're excited to get out for the first time with a win.''

Will Grier threw for five touchdowns to pad his national lead with 26 for the Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12), who led 38-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.

That's when Brewer entered the game for Baylor and began to turn things around with his scrambling ability. He was 8-for-13 passing for 109 yards and two touchdowns and fellow freshman Treston Ebner had 109 yards and two touchdowns receiving and a 40-yard scoring run. Ebner's 9-yard TD catch from Brewer drew Baylor within two, but Preston got immediate pressure on the two-point try and ended Baylor's chances.

''We thought we had a good play to convert,'' Brewer said. ''I need to do a better job of getting rid of the ball in that situation.''

David Sills V caught three of Grier's scoring strikes to run his total to 15, also tops in the nation. Two of his touchdowns came on back-to-back plays from scrimmage, spanning the first and second halves. The first of those was a 16-yard strike with one second left in the first half, with the latter coming on a 53-yard catch and run off a quick slant 18 seconds after halftime that pushed West Virginia's lead to 24-6.

''They gave us a lot of coverages on film, so we weren't actually sure what we were going to get,'' Sills said. ''We went in with a pretty basic game plan. We knew we could take some shots and play off of their corners and in their secondary. That's what we tried to do.''

The first Grier-to-Sills connection was a jump ball in the back of the end zone, a 35-yarder that put West Virginia ahead 10-0 late in the first quarter.

''Will Grier was sensational, I thought David Sills, (receiver) Gary Jennings were sensational,'' Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. ''They did a nice job making big plays. A lot of the big plays I thought we were in good coverage and good position, and they made a play we needed to make. I take my hat off to them, Coach Holgerson and the job they did.''

Baylor (0-7, 0-4) managed two Connor Martin field goals in the second quarter to pull within 10-6 and got into the end zone for the first time on a 7-yard run from John Lovett in the third quarter. West Virginia immediately answered with Grier connecting with Marcus Simms from 40 yards out and Ka'Raun White for a 6-yard TD. At that point, Grier had as many touchdown passes as incompletions and West Virginia was in control.

Baylor quarterback Zach Smith was 16 of 27 for 261 yards in his three quarters of action.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineer defense dominated up front in the first three quarters. They entered with only seven sacks all season but added six against Baylor. They had a harder time corralling Brewer than the more-stationary Smith, but finally got to him when it mattered most.

Baylor: The Bears have mastered the art of giving a ranked team a scare at home. The next step is winning one. Baylor had a third-quarter lead and pushed then-No. 3 Oklahoma to the brink in a 49-41 loss its last time out at McLane Stadium on Sept. 23. The Bears actually outgained West Virginia 497-493, thanks to a 230-11 advantage in the fourth quarter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

West Virginia isn't likely to move much either way, since most of the teams around them in the poll also won. The Mountaineers have a better chance to make a move next Saturday against Oklahoma State.

SMALL, BUT LOUD

Much of the announced crowd of 45,389 had left the stadium by the time the Bears rallied. Those who stayed were loud and behind a Baylor defense that forced two three-and-outs in the fourth quarter.

''There's going to be a day when we win and we win a lot. We'll always know our value to the university,'' Rhule said. ''When it all comes together, these guys are going to be something else. For the people that stayed until the end, I'm grateful and our players are grateful. Hopefully we honored them.''

UP NEXT

West Virginia: Hosts No. 10 Oklahoma State on Saturday to begin a stretch of three of four games at home.

Baylor: Hosts Texas next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:17
12-C.Brewer to WVU 15 for -13 yards (5-X.Preston).
plays
yds
pos
38
36
Touchdown 0:17
12-C.Brewer complete to 25-T.Ebner. 25-T.Ebner runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
18
plays
95
yds
04:17
pos
38
36
Field Goal 6:22
96-C.Martin 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
74
yds
05:46
pos
38
30
Point After TD 13:50
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
27
Touchdown 13:50
25-T.Ebner runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
49
yds
00:40
pos
38
26
Point After TD 14:31
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
20
Touchdown 14:31
12-C.Brewer complete to 25-T.Ebner. 25-T.Ebner runs 52 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
80
yds
00:00
pos
38
19
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:47
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
13
Touchdown 2:47
7-W.Grier complete to 2-K.White. 2-K.White runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
80
yds
01:43
pos
37
13
Point After TD 6:00
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
13
Touchdown 6:00
7-W.Grier complete to 8-M.Simms. 8-M.Simms runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
01:39
pos
30
13
Point After TD 7:39
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
13
Touchdown 7:44
7-J.Lovett runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
80
yds
1:58
pos
24
12
Point After TD 14:42
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
6
Touchdown 14:42
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
53
yds
00:08
pos
23
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:01
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
6
Touchdown 0:01
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
01:04
pos
16
6
Field Goal 4:13
96-C.Martin 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
60
yds
02:02
pos
10
6
Field Goal 10:41
96-C.Martin 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
99
yds
00:00
pos
10
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:29
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 0:29
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 35 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
71
yds
02:41
pos
9
0
Field Goal 7:07
48-M.Molina 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
57
yds
03:11
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 30
Rushing 7 9
Passing 15 13
Penalty 1 8
3rd Down Conv 4-11 3-16
4th Down Conv 0-0 3-5
Total Net Yards 483 448
Total Plays 66 82
Avg Gain 7.3 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 118 127
Rush Attempts 29 42
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 3.0
Net Yards Passing 365 321
Comp. - Att. 26-37 24-40
Yards Per Pass 9.9 8.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 6-49
Penalties - Yards 11-134 6-20
Touchdowns 5 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 5 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-38.2 4-45.8
Return Yards 125 101
Punts - Returns 2-0 2-4
Kickoffs - Returns 4-125 5-97
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 6/6
Extra Points 5/5 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
22 West Virginia 5-2 10721038
Baylor 0-7 0672336
365 PASS YDS 321
118 RUSH YDS 127
483 TOTAL YDS 448
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.3% 375 5 0 200.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.3% 2467 26 5 172.3
W. Grier 26/37 375 5 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 306 3
K. McKoy 7 55 0 20
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
104 639 7
J. Crawford 10 30 0 6
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 103 1
M. Pettaway 4 16 0 7
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 81 0
T. Bush 1 16 0 16
E. Wellman 28 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
E. Wellman 2 9 0 6
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 98 2
W. Grier 4 -6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 136 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
46 737 15
D. Sills V 7 136 3 53
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 116 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 702 1
G. Jennings 8 116 0 51
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 71 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 386 4
M. Simms 3 71 1 40
Ka. White 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 33 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 494 6
Ka. White 4 33 1 22
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 51 0
K. McKoy 2 19 0 16
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 30 0
J. Crawford 2 0 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 1.5
A. Benton 7-1 1.5 0
D. Long 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
D. Long 6-0 0.0 0
Ky. White 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 3 0.0
Ky. White 5-3 0.0 0
X. Preston 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
X. Preston 5-0 1.0 0
M. Daniels 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
M. Daniels 5-0 0.0 0
C. Winfield 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Winfield 4-0 0.0 0
A. Shuler II 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
A. Shuler II 4-0 1.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
R. Donahue 4-1 1.0 0
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Battle 3-1 0.0 0
J. Harvey 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Harvey 2-0 0.0 0
L. McDougle 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
L. McDougle 2-0 1.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 2-0 0.0 0
J. Stewart 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Stewart 1-0 0.0 0
T. Avery 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Avery 1-0 0.0 0
E. Rose 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
E. Rose 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Molina 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
5/8 40/40
M. Molina 1/1 27 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 38.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 38.9 2
B. Kinney 6 38.2 2 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 31.3 45 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 29.2 45 0
M. Simms 4 31.3 45 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 5.4 1 0
M. Simms 2 0.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.3% 261 0 0 140.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.5% 1421 8 6 125.8
Z. Smith 16/27 261 0 0
C. Brewer 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 109 2 0 182.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55% 150 2 1 141.0
C. Brewer 8/13 109 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Ebner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 54 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 95 2
T. Ebner 3 54 1 40
C. Brewer 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 68 0
C. Brewer 10 48 0 16
J. Hasty 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 111 1
J. Hasty 10 40 0 18
J. Lovett 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 403 4
J. Lovett 7 20 1 11
T. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 155 0
T. Williams 7 7 0 6
Z. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 -79 0
Z. Smith 5 -42 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Mims 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 132 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 685 7
D. Mims 7 132 0 45
T. Ebner 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 109 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 132 2
T. Ebner 5 109 2 52
G. Holmes 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 84 0
G. Holmes 5 72 0 56
T. Nicholson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 239 0
T. Nicholson 3 20 0 7
R. Sneed 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 53 0
R. Sneed 1 19 0 19
P. Stricklin 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 299 0
P. Stricklin 1 9 0 9
J. Hasty 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
J. Hasty 1 8 0 8
J. Lovett 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 14 0
J. Lovett 1 1 0 1
I. Wainright 24 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
I. Wainright 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Young 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
T. Young 6-0 0.0 0
D. Hall 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Hall 5-0 0.0 0
C. Johnston 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Johnston 5-1 0.0 0
G. Arnold 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
G. Arnold 5-0 0.0 0
H. Hand 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
H. Hand 4-0 0.0 0
V. Vaughns 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
V. Vaughns 4-0 0.0 0
J. Lynch 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Lynch 2-0 1.0 0
C. Waz 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Waz 2-1 0.0 0
R. Preciado 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Preciado 2-0 0.0 0
E. Ogor 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
E. Ogor 2-1 0.0 0
T. Hunt 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Hunt 2-0 0.0 0
L. Jones Jr. 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
L. Jones Jr. 2-1 0.0 0
I. Lewis 9 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
I. Lewis 1-1 0.0 0
G. Roberts 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Roberts 1-0 0.0 0
H. Black 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
H. Black 1-0 0.0 0
B. Nance 5 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Nance 0-1 0.0 0
B. Lynch 21 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Lynch 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Martin 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
14/16 18/19
C. Martin 3/3 42 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Martin 96 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 44.9 0
C. Martin 4 45.8 0 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. White 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 22.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 18.9 29 0
T. White 4 22.0 29 0
Ch. Kelly 53 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
Ch. Kelly 1 9.0 9 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Nicholson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 13.0 14 0
T. Nicholson 1 14.0 14 0
R. Sneed 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -10.0 -10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -10.0 0 0
R. Sneed 1 -10.0 -10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:18 WVU 33 3:11 8 57 FG
3:10 WVU 34 2:41 10 66 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:27 WVU 32 4:08 8 18 Punt
4:08 WVU 25 1:24 4 16 Punt
1:05 WVU 20 1:04 8 80 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 WVU 47 0:08 1 53 TD
11:44 WVU 30 1:40 3 2 Fumble
7:39 WVU 25 1:39 7 75 TD
4:30 WVU 20 1:43 6 80 TD
1:17 WVU 22 1:08 4 20 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:44 WVU 30 1:28 3 -3 Punt
6:01 WVU 33 1:22 5 16 Punt
0:16 WVU 46 0:00 1 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 BAYLOR 34 4:24 9 33 Downs
7:03 BAYLOR 25 3:47 10 41 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:29 BAYLOR 25 0:00 9 69 FG
6:15 BAYLOR 15 2:02 6 60 FG
2:34 BAYLOR 40 1:22 3 6 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:36 BAYLOR 20 2:41 6 20 Punt
9:53 BAYLOR 20 2:14 8 80 TD
5:50 BAYLOR 29 1:12 3 3 Punt
2:39 BAYLOR 27 1:21 4 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:04 BAYLOR 20 0:00 3 80 TD
14:30 WVU 49 0:40 2 49 TD
12:08 BAYLOR 25 5:46 14 69 FG
4:34 BAYLOR 14 4:17 18 86 TD