Potent Baylor offense enjoys record night against WVU

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From the opening snap, West Virginia was no match for the high-powered, hyper-tempo Baylor offensive attack on a crisp Saturday night in Waco, Texas.

The Mountaineers' roller-coaster season hit a historic low as the Bears methodically and emphatically shattered one record after another in a 73-42 victory at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) set a Big 12 record with 864 yards of total offense -- the most by any Division I-A team in the last decade -- and set a school record with 73 points.

It was the most points allowed by West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) since a 130-0 loss to Michigan in 1904.

After lopsided defeats of Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe, the Bears became the first team since 1930 to score at least 70 points in three consecutive games as they continued their offensive onslaught with video-game ease against the Mountaineers.

The Baylor offense is now averaging 70.3 points per game.

"I just think it's funny how people still say we still have something to prove when we've had four weeks," Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty said. "Seventy points, I guess, isn't enough."

Despite pulling their starters early in the third, the Bears never trotted out their punter and were never held to a three-and-out. Their drives ended with 10 touchdowns, three interceptions and two field-goal attempts.

The Mountaineers had allowed just 11 total touchdowns in their previous five games.

"This counts as a loss," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We'll regroup and we'll do our absolute best to get back on the winning track in two weeks. We've got a lot to work on the next two weeks. I said it all week. If it got into a track meet, we wouldn't be in good shape."

West Virginia managed those three interceptions, one of which was lateraled by redshirt junior cornerback Travis Bell to redshirt senior safety Darwin Cook for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and also scored on a muffed punt return in the first quarter.

But the defense help wasn't enough to keep the Mountaineer offense within striking distance.

"We're just hitting on all cylinders," Baylor running back Glasco Martin said. "It's the right scheme, the right players and everything is working for us. It'd be hard to beat this offense."

The quick-strike Baylor assault began on the opening drive and didn't subside at any point in the first half. Before the close of the first quarter, the Bears had scored on 9-, 13- and 40-second drives.

Baylor scored touchdowns on its first five drives and on eight of its nine first-half drives. They went into the locker room at halftime ahead 56-14 and with 617 yards of total offense -- 342 passing yards, 275 rushing yards.

"That was our plan, to play with purpose early," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "We decided just to judge the game by the first half because we felt like we did what we needed in the first half to win the football game."

West Virginia fell to 3-3 for the first time since 1995, when they finished 5-6.

The Mountaineers enter their open week on a harsh and definitively low note, and the focus during the off week will be split between solving the quarterback quandary and finding a way to slow the other offenses remaining on the Big 12 schedule.

"Anytime the opposing offense can be that dominant, you're going to struggle," Holgorsen said.

"They came and established the line of scrimmage like I haven't seen in quite some time. Any time that happens, it's going to be a long day."

NOTE -- Redshirt freshman offensive guard Adam Pankey was flagged for targeting on a block in the fourth quarter. He was ejected from the game, per rule, and will miss the first half of the West Virginia-Texas Tech game on Oct. 19.


Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com, 412-290-2183 and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.


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