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West Virginia 43, Baylor 40

By JOHN RABY
AP Sports Writer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Tony Mathis rushed for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns and Casey Legg kicked a 22-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to lift West Virginia to a 43-40 victory over Baylor.

Mathis came up big in the absence of West Virginia's leading rusher, CJ Donaldson, who was ruled out of the game after entering the concussion protocol during a loss at Texas on Oct. 1.

Mathis scored on a 34-yard run with 7:05 left and set up the winning field goal with a 37-yard run to the Baylor 8. He surpassed his previous best of 118 yards against Kansas last year. West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) compiled 217 rushing yards.

Baylor had one last chance starting from its 23-yard line. But backup quarterback Kyron Drones threw two incompletions and was tackled near midfield on a scramble as time ran out.

Defending Big 12 champion Baylor (3-3, 2-2) lost its second straight game despite rolling up 590 yards of offense.

The Bears lost starting quarterback Blake Shapen in the third quarter when he slid at the end of a scramble and took a helmet-to-helmet hit from West Virginia's Andrew Wilson-Lamp. Wilson-Lamp was flagged for targeting. The call was upheld upon review and Wilson-Lamp was ejected. Shapen left the field, went to a medical tent to be evaluated and did not return.

Shapen completed 14 of 22 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns.

Drones replaced Shapen and led Baylor on two touchdown drives. After Qualan Jones scored on a 2-yard run with 13:39 remaining, West Virginia's Dante Stills blocked the extra-point kick, teammate Jacolby Spells picked up the loose ball and ran the length of the field to give the Mountaineers two points. Baylor still led at that point 37-33.

After Mathis' long scoring run, Baylor squandered several TD chances.

West Virginia safety Aubrey Burks intercepted Drones at the West Virginia 19. Dillon Doyle got the ball back for the Bears with an interception of JT Daniels at the West Virginia 26 with 3:12 remaining. But Baylor had to settle for John Mayers' 44-yard field goal with 1:40 left to tie the game at 40, setting up the Mountaineers' winning drive.

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: The Bears now find themselves in the middle of the league standings with half of the season still remaining.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 at home against Baylor and got a much-needed win because they could be underdogs in every remaining game in a bid to become bowl eligible.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BaylorWVU
WVU TD 10:30 Tony Mathis Jr. 7 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 0 7
Baylor FG 4:23 John Mayers 40 yd FG 3 7
Second Quarter BaylorWVU
Baylor TD 13:34 Ben Sims 1 yd run (John Mayers kick) 10 7
Baylor TD 10:52 Gavin Holmes 35 yd pass from Blake Shapen (John Mayers kick) 17 7
WVU FG 4:22 Casey Legg 23 yd FG 17 10
WVU TD 2:41 Jasir Cox 65 yd fumble return (Casey Legg kick) 17 17
Baylor TD 1:14 Craig Williams 39 yd pass from Blake Shapen (John Mayers kick) 24 17
Third Quarter BaylorWVU
WVU TD 10:19 Kaden Prather 24 yd pass from JT Daniels (Casey Legg kick) 24 24
Baylor TD 5:21 Hal Presley 2 yd pass from Kyron Drones (John Mayers kick) 31 24
WVU TD 1:42 Justin Johnson Jr. 19 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 31 31
Fourth Quarter BaylorWVU
Baylor TD 13:39 Qualan Jones 4 yd run (missed kick) 37 31
WVU TD 13:39 Jacolby Spells returned XP 37 33
WVU TD 7:06 Tony Mathis Jr. 34 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 37 40
Baylor FG 1:40 John Mayers 44 yd FG 40 40
WVU FG 0:33 Casey Legg 22 yd FG 40 43
Team Stats
  Baylor West Virginia
First downs 28 26
  Rushing 8 12
  Passing 17 14
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-11, 36% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 35-169 37-217
Passing Yards 421 283
Return Yards 118 39
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-37-1 24-37-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--13 0-0
Punts 2 3
Punts-Average 38.5 40.3
Fumbles Lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-12 5-46
Time of Possession 29:35 30:25
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Shapen 14 22 326 2 0
K. Drones 7 14 95 1 1
J. Nabors 0 1 0 0 0
West Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 24 37 283 1 1
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Reese 13 57 4.4 0
Q. Jones 10 44 4.4 1
C. Williams 3 25 8.3 0
K. Drones 2 24 12.0 0
M. Baldwin 1 20 20.0 0
B. Sims 1 1 1.0 1
B. Shapen 5 -2 -0.4 0
West Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Mathis Jr. 22 163 7.4 2
J. Johnson Jr. 12 48 4.0 1
G. Greene 2 3 1.5 0
J. Daniels 1 3 3.0 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Holmes 7 210 30.0 1
D. Dabney 5 66 13.2 0
M. Baldwin 2 42 21.0 0
C. Williams 1 39 39.0 1
Q. Jones 2 37 18.5 0
B. Sims 2 18 9.0 0
H. Presley 2 9 4.5 1
West Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Prather 8 109 13.6 1
S. James 3 52 17.3 0
B. Ford-Wheaton 5 51 10.2 0
R. Smith 1 30 30.0 0
P. Fox 2 9 4.5 0
T. Mathis Jr. 1 9 9.0 0
G. Greene 1 7 7.0 0
J. Aaron 1 6 6.0 0
B. Polendey 1 6 6.0 0
J. Johnson Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Doyle 1 2
West Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Burks 1 6
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Power 2 77 38.5
West Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Straw 3 121 40.3
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Holmes 1 1 1.0
West Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Fox 1 4 4.0
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Nabors 3 69 23.0
C. Williams 3 46 15.3
West Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Aaron 1 29 29.0
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length
West Virginia Missed FG
Player Length




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