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WVU shocks No. 4 Baylor

It wasn't quite the offensive explosion of two years ago, but West Virginia led by a strong defensive performance shocked No. 4 Baylor (6-1, 3-1) 41-27 in front of 60,758 Saturday afternoon.
The West Virginia defense played inspired football holding the nation's No. 1 ranked offense heading into the game well below their season averages with only a total of 318-yards. The unit played inspired football in the first half holding the Bears to only 157 yards of total offense and 20 points, even with three turnovers setting Baylor up deep in Mountaineers field position. Even more impressive was that West Virginia lost both their starting cornerbacks to injury. Overall the defense held Baylor to 3-16 on third down conversions.
Clint Trickett tossed for 322 yards and three touchdowns for West Virginia, while Kevin White extended his school record of seven straight 100-yard receiving games with 132 and two touchdowns.
West Virginia started the game deep in its own territory after an ill-advised decision to take the ball out of the end zone on the opening kickoff by Wendell Smallwood to the nine-yard line and things wouldn't get any better as Clint Trickett would fumble the football on third down giving the Bears the ball at the Mountaineers seven yard line.
It would take all of one play for the Bears to capitalize as Bryce Petty found Corey Coleman for a seven yard touchdown pass to put Baylor out front 7-0 less than a minute into the game.
West Virginia would convert on third down on the next drive, hitting Smallwood down the seam for a 23-yard gain and then moving the ball to mid-field before a pass interference penalty on the Bears put the ball at the Baylor 36-yard line.
On the ensuing play Trickett would find Kevin White down the sideline for a 36-yard touchdown pass where the wide receiver beat man coverage on the outside to nod the score up at 7-7 with 12:02 left in the first quarter.
The West Virginia defense would hold on the ensuing drive, however, the Bears would pin the Mountaineers at the one-yard line on a 56-yard punt from Spencer Roth. The Mountaineers would move the football to their own 28-yard line but would have to punt with just under 9 minutes on the first quarter clock.
The Bears would take over at their own 38-yard line and two sets of personal fouls moved the ball quickly into West Virginia territory and the Mountaineers would hold forcing the Bears to a 38-yard field goal to put the score at 10-7 with 6:29 left in the quarter.
Trickett would toss an interception on the ensuing drive on third down on a poor decision to throw the ball to White, setting up the Bears up in West Virginia territory. But again the defense would hold forcing the Bears into a 34-yard field goal to increase the led to 13-7.
Baylor would force a three and out on the next West Virginia drive, and would take over at their own 31-yard line with their fifth possession of the quarter but the Mountaineers would force the Bears into their second punt of the quarter.
However, the special teams mistakes continued as Daryl Worley fumbled the punt and gave the Bears the ball back at the West Virginia 29-yard line. And as they did in the first quarter, the Mountaineers defense held the Bears to a fourth down, which Art Briles rolled the dice and was unable to covert allowing West Virginia to leave the field unscathed.
The Mountaineers would use that momentum to engineer a 6-play 74-yard scoring drive capped off by an Andrew Buie one-yard touchdown run to give the Mountaineers their first lead of the game at 14-13 with 10:56 left in the second quarter.
That lead would be short lived, however, as Baylor would score a touchdown on a 63-yard pass to Antwan Goodley to put the Bears back on top 20-14. The Mountaineers would fail to move the ball and punt after a three and out, giving Baylor the football back at their own 12 but a Shaquille Riddick sack would force the Bears into a three and out as well.
Dreamius Smith would carry the load on the next drive for West Virginia as the Mountaineers would move the ball 57-yards on four plays to set the up the offense with a first and goal from the nine. And from there Smith would cap off the drive with a run off the right side to put the Mountaineers back out front 21-20 with 4:21 seconds left in the first half.
The defense would continue to hold the Baylor offense forcing yet another three and out to set the offense up deep in their own end but the Mountaineers were able to move the football to around midfield before a sack put the offense in a 3rd and 16 situation.
But a screen play would set West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert up for a 54-yard field goal to give the Mountaineers a 24-20 lead into halftime.
West Virginia opened the second half with another stop of the Baylor offense, as Shaq Riddick got through the offensive line for his second sack of the game to get the ball back to the Mountaineers offense. The Mountaineers took the opening possession and marched the ball to the Baylor 13-yard line after a series of pass interference calls aided the offensive effort.
But the Bears would stop the Mountaineers on third down and Lambert would connect on a 24-yard field goal by Lambert to push the lead out to 27-20 with 9:28 remaining in the third frame.
Bryce Petty would exit the game on the next drive, forcing sophomore Seth Russell into action for the Bears but that would be short lived as Petty would return to the game and misfire on third down to give the Mountaineers the football back. West Virginia would return the favor to the Bears punting the ball to the 8-yard line with 4:29 left in the third quarter.
Baylor would put together their most successful drive of the quarter moving 81-yards in six plays to set themselves up with a first and goal at the ten yard line but a pass interference penalty set the ball up at the Mountaineers two. From there Shock Linwood would punch the ball in to tie the game up at 27-all with eight seconds left to play in the third quarter.
The West Virginia offense couldn't do much with their possession punting the ball back to the Bears but the Mountaineers would stop Baylor as well with Brandon Golson splitting a double team for a sack on third down.
Trickett would then find Andrew Buie running free down the middle of the field catching Baylor in a blitz to set up the Mountaineers in the red zone and from there, White would catch a fade in the corner of the end zone to put West Virginia back out front 34-27 with 11:36 to play.
The Mountaineers would make it a 41-27 lead after Trickett found Mario Alford on a 39-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field with 7:35 remaining. The drive took all of 2:22 in nine plays. The West Virginia defense would hold Baylor on the ensuing possession to get the football back in the offense's hands with 5:28 to play in the game but the offense couldn't get a third down and would give the Bears the ball back with 4:24 left in the game.
The West Virginia defense would hold once more as Riddick recorded a hat trick with his third sack of the game on third down from the Mountaineers 9 and then Petty's 4th down pass would sail out of the end zone incomplete giving the home team the ball back up 41-27 with 2:30 left to play and they would run out the clock.
Scoring SummaryBaylor: Corey Coleman 7 yd pass from Bryce Petty (Chris Callahan kick)West Virginia: Kevin White 36 yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert kick)Baylor: Chris Callahan 38 yd FGBaylor: Chris Callahan 34 yd FGWest Virginia: Andrew Buie 1 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)Baylor: Antwan Goodley 63 yd pass from Bryce Petty (Chris Callahan kick)West Virginia: Dreamius Smith 9 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)West Virginia: Josh Lambert 54 yd FGWest Virginia: Josh Lambert 24 yd FGBaylor: Shock Linwood 1 yd run (Chris Callahan kick)West Virginia: Kevin White 12 yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert kick)West Virginia: Mario Alford 39 yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert kick)Team Statistics West VirginiaBaylorTOTAL FIRST DOWNS3322TOTAL NET YARDS456318Total Plays8579Average Gain5.44NET YARDS RUSHING13495Rushes5042Average per rush2.72.3NET YARDS PASSING322223Completions-attempted23-3516-37Sacked34Yards Lost-29-30TOTAL TURNOVERS30Interceptions10Fumbles Lost20OTHER  Penalties1418Penalty Yards138215Time of Possesion30:4329:17Punts69Punt Average42.6744.78Return Yards91109PassingWest VirginiaCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT Clint Trickett2335322319.2BaylorCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT Seth Russell010000.0Bryce Petty1636223206.2RushingWest VirginiaATTYDSTDAVG Wendell Smallwood206603.3Dreamius Smith136014.6Andrew Buie92412.7Rushel Shell31304.3 Team1-20-2.0Jordan Thompson1-20-2.0Clint Trickett3-250-8.3BaylorATTYDSTDAVG Shock Linwood216913.3Devin Chafin73104.4Levi Norwood1404.0Antwan Goodley1303.0Corey Coleman1-30-3.0Bryce Petty11-90-0.8ReceivingWest VirginiaATTYDSTDAVG Kevin White8132216.5 Andrew Buie463015.8 Mario Alford453113.3 Jordan Thompson31806.0 Daikiel Shorts233016.5 Wendell Smallwood123023.0 Dreamius Smith1000.0 BaylorATTYDSTDAVG Antwan Goodley9132114.7 Corey Coleman577115.4 KD Cannon110010.0 Levi Norwood1404.0