We’re not sure how the Mountaineers will fare through the rest of their Big 12 schedule, but they are going to score. They outlasted Baylor 70-63 today. Here are some of the eye-popping numbers.
Total Offense: West Virginia and Baylor combined for 1,507 total yards, 1,237 through the air, and 19 touchdowns. The teams had 67 first downs and converted 24/32 third and fourth down attempts. Despite the offensive explosion, one turnover. West Virginia scored 70 points and did not cover. Baylor equaled the greatest number of points scored by an FBS loser.
Hand Him the Heisman: Geno Smith completed 45/51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. Does not look like anyone will jump out ahead of him.
Receiversplosion: West Virginia’s Tavon Austin had 14 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He was outplayed by his battery mate Stedman Bailey who had 13 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Senior J.D. Woods also had a career day with 13 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.
In a Losing Effort: Baylor QB Nick Florence completed 29/47 for 581 yards and five touchdowns. Wideout Terrance Williams, who should be climbing up draft boards, had 17 catches for 314 yards and two touchdown.
Up Tempo: One drive, West Virginia’s 10-play 75-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, lasted longer than four minutes. There were 20 drives that went 50 or more yards, seven of them were completed in six plays or fewer.
Kickers: The kickers combined for 19 points, despite missing all three field goals attempted.