Baylor at West Virginia

West Virginia surprises No. 4 Baylor 41-27

By JOHN RABY
AP Sports Writer
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) When West Virginia needed another late push to pull out a win, Clint Trickett and Kevin White came up big again.

Trickett threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, White had a pair of TD catches and West Virginia surprised sloppy No. 4 Baylor 41-27 Saturday.

The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) surpassed their win total of last season and beat a top five opponent for the first time since defeating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season.

West Virginia had lost to Alabama and Oklahoma earlier this season when the Crimson Tide and Sooners were ranked in the top five.

''We've been in this situation before and have been unable to finish,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. ''I told them at halftime, we're not in this thing to finish close again. Let's go out there and win this thing.''

It marked the second straight game that West Virginia came up strong in the end to put away an opponent.

A week ago, the Mountaineers came from 14 points down with 7 minutes left to beat Texas Tech on the road on a last-second field goal. Trickett and White combined for a TD pass late in that game, too.

Against Baylor, Trickett went 23 of 35 for 322 yards, his eighth straight 300-yard game going back to last season.

''Clint did a great job,'' White said.

White, the nation's leading receiver, had eight catches for 132 yards and two scores. He broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season and extended his streak of 100-yard receiving games to six.

Covering White was frustrating for cornerback Xavien Howard, who was called for four of Baylor's seven pass interference penalties.

''This is by far the craziest game I've ever played with all those pass interference calls,'' White said.

West Virginia sacked Baylor's Bryce Petty four times and limited the Bears to one touchdown after halftime. Petty finished 16 of 36 for 223 yards and two first-half scores.

Baylor was penalized 18 times for a Big 12-record 215 yards. The old mark of 183 yards was set by Texas Tech against Rice in 2007.

''I never felt like we were out of control or anything along those lines,'' Baylor coach Art Briles said.

The Bears couldn't overcome a double-digit deficit as it did in a 61-58 win against TCU last week.

Baylor (6-1, 3-1) goes from being the Big 12 favorite to a team hopeful to stay in contention for the College Football Playoff, tossed into the mix with the other one-loss teams who now have no room for error.

This was hardly the point-a-minute, yard-busting matchup of the past two years, when the winning team each time reached 70 points.

Baylor entered the game as the nation's most prolific offense but was held to 318 yards, 305 below its average and the lowest total of the season.

''I think that's something that nobody thought we could do,'' Holgorsen said.

Shock Linwood scored Baylor's only touchdown of the second half on a 1-yard run with time winding down in the third quarter that tied the score at 27.

But it took Baylor three tries from inside the 2 to get into the end zone. Linwood, the Big 12's rushing leader, was limited to 69 yards on 21 carries.

White had a 36-yard TD catch in the first quarter and a 12-yarder early in the fourth for a 34-27 lead.

Mario Alford capped the scoring with 7:35 left, lining up in the slot and turning a short pass from Trickett across the middle into a 39-yard TD.

Down two touchdowns, Baylor then drove to the West Virginia 10, but Jay Lee caught a pass from Petty out of bounds in the end zone and the Mountaineers took over on downs.

''They loaded the box and pressed our receivers,'' Petty said. ''I've got to get better at it. The (Baylor) defense put us in a lot of good chances to score touchdowns, and on the road you've got to score touchdowns.''

West Virginia lost both of its starting cornerbacks to injuries in the first half.

Daryl Worley injured his ribs after fumbling a second-quarter punt. Terrell Chestnut took a hard block from Coleman that sprang Antway Goodley for a 67-yard touchdown reception.

Neither Chestnut nor Worley returned. West Virginia also lost leading rusher Rushel Shell, who came up limping in the first quarter and remained out for the rest of the game.

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Scoring Summary
BAYLORCorey Coleman 7 yd pass from Bryce Petty (Chris Callahan kick)
WVUKevin White 36 yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert kick)
BAYLORChris Callahan 38 yd FG
BAYLORChris Callahan 34 yd FG
WVUAndrew Buie 1 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)
BAYLORAntwan Goodley 63 yd pass from Bryce Petty (Chris Callahan kick)
WVUDreamius Smith 9 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)
WVUJosh Lambert 54 yd FG
WVUJosh Lambert 24 yd FG
BAYLORShock Linwood 1 yd run (Chris Callahan kick)
WVUKevin White 12 yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert kick)
WVUMario Alford 39 yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert kick)
 
Team Stats
 BAYLORWVU
First Downs2233
Third Down Efficiency3-166-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-20-0
Plays-Net Yards79-31885-456
Rushes-Yds42-9550-134
Passing Yds223322
Kick Return Yds10790
Punt Return Yds21
Passes16-37-023-35-1
Punts9-4036-256
Fumbles-Lost1-02-2
Penalties-Yds18-21514-138
Time of Poss.29:1730:43
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
BAYLOR: Shock Linwood 21-69, Devin Chafin 7-31, Levi Norwood 1-4, Antwan Goodley 1-3, Corey Coleman 1--3, Bryce Petty 11--9
WVU: Wendell Smallwood 20-66, Dreamius Smith 13-60, Andrew Buie 9-24, Rushel Shell 3-13, Team 1--2, Jordan Thompson 1--2, Clint Trickett 3--25
PASSING
BAYLOR: Bryce Petty 16-36-223-0, Seth Russell 0-1-0-0
WVU: Clint Trickett 23-35-322-1
RECEIVING
BAYLOR: Antwan Goodley 9-132, Corey Coleman 5-77, KD Cannon 1-10, Levi Norwood 1-4
WVU: Kevin White 8-132, Andrew Buie 4-63, Mario Alford 4-53, Jordan Thompson 3-18, Daikiel Shorts 2-33, Wendell Smallwood 1-23, Dreamius Smith 1-0
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Baylor6th Big 12 3-67-6
West Virginia2nd Big 12 7-210-3

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