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West Virginia 34, Baylor 31

Associated Press

WACO, Texas - Garrett Greene threw for 269 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-winning 29-yard score to running back Jahiem White wide open down the left sideline with 23 seconds left as West Virginia beat Baylor 34-31.

The Mountaineers (8-4, 6-3 Big 12 Conference) were out of timeouts when they took over at their own 20-yard line after Isaiah Hankins missed a 32-yard field goal with 1:14 left. They went 80 yards in six plays over 51 seconds, starting with completions of 11 and 23 yards to Hudson Clement.

Richard Reese returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the first half for Baylor (3-9, 2-7), which then scored 17 consecutive points in the second half to take a 31-27 lead before the missed field goal.

The Bears lost their final five games and have dropped 13 of 16 overall. They finished 1-7 at home, with the only victory while playing a school-record eight home games coming against FCS member Long Island on Sept. 16.

Greene also ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. White led the Mountaineers with 133 yards rushing on 17 carries.

With Baylor starting quarterback Blake Shapen out with a concussion, Sawyer Robertson completed his first 10 passes and finished 17 for 19 for 219 yards with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Ketron Jackson early in the second half.

Reese's kickoff returns of 96 and 93 yards came in a span of 3:39 in the second quarter. The Mountaineers outgained Baylor 365 total yards to 86 before halftime, when they led 27-14.

It was the first time a Baylor player returned back-to-back kickoffs for touchdowns. The Bears hadn’t had one since Trestan Ebner’s 98-yarder against Iowa State on Sept 25, 2021, a year after his two returns for scores against Kansas - a 100-yard kickoff return and an 83-yard score off the free kick after a safety.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers offense was shut down for most of the second half, punting on their first three possessions before being stopped on the fourth. But the Mountaineers came through with their final drive.

Baylor: It would have been easy for the Bears to roll over, with rumors swirling about fourth-year coach Dave Aranda’s job status, no hope for a bowl game and playing in front of a sparse crowd on a rainy. They continued to fight, but things such as blown coverages that have plagued them all season cost them one more time.

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WVUBaylor
WVU TD 5:55 Traylon Ray 30 yard TD pass from Garrett Greene (Michael Hayes Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter WVUBaylor
WVU FG 14:10 Michael Hayes 38 yard field goal 10 0
Baylor TD 13:55 Richard Reese 96 yard kick return for TD (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 10 7
WVU TD 10:28 Garrett Greene 23 yard TD run (Michael Hayes Extra Point) 17 7
Baylor TD 10:16 Richard Reese 93 yard kick return for TD (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 17 14
WVU FG 5:44 Michael Hayes 36 yard field goal 20 14
WVU TD 0:15 Garrett Greene 1 yard TD run (Michael Hayes Extra Point) 27 14
Third Quarter WVUBaylor
Baylor TD 10:57 Ketron Jackson Jr. 38 yard TD pass from Sawyer Robertson (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 27 21
Baylor TD 5:45 Dominic Richardson 2 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 27 28
Fourth Quarter WVUBaylor
Baylor FG 12:58 Isaiah Hankins 39 yard field goal 27 31
WVU TD 0:23 Jahiem White 29 yard TD pass from Garrett Greene (Michael Hayes Extra Point) 34 31
Team Stats
  West Virginia Baylor
First downs 24 18
  Rushing 11 7
  Passing 11 9
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-10, 40% 4-12, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-250 37-119
Passing Yards 269 215
Return Yards 67 279
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-25-0 17-20-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 3-13
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-55 5-50
West Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Greene 16 25 269 2 0
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Robertson 17 19 215 1 0
R. Martinez 0 1 0 0 0
West Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. White 17 133 7.8 0
G. Greene 14 103 7.4 2
C. Donaldson Jr. 5 23 4.6 0
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Reese 6 42 7.0 0
S. Robertson 15 33 2.2 0
D. Richardson 10 25 2.5 1
D. Pendergrass 5 16 3.2 0
K. Jackson Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
West Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
H. Clement 4 80 20.0 0
K. Taylor 4 64 16.0 0
P. Fox 3 51 17.0 0
T. Ray 2 38 19.0 1
J. White 1 29 29.0 1
R. Gallagher III 2 7 3.5 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Jackson Jr. 3 88 29.3 1
J. Roberts 1 37 37.0 0
J. Cameron 2 31 15.5 0
D. Dabney 2 23 11.5 0
D. Pendergrass 4 21 5.3 0
C. Bonner 1 6 6.0 0
M. Klopfenstein 1 4 4.0 0
R. Reese 1 3 3.0 0
K. Johnson 1 1 1.0 0
D. Richardson 1 1 1.0 0
West Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
West Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Straw 4 155 38.8
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Williams 3 123 41.0
West Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Fox 1 0 0
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
West Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Fox 3 58 19.3
J. White 1 9 9.0
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Reese 5 247 49.4
K. Jordan 1 11 11.0
D. Pendergrass 1 21 21.0
West Virginia Missed FG
Player Length
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length
I. Hankins 43
I. Hankins 32




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