Baylor rolls to victory over West Virginia
WACO, Texas — Bryce Petty and No. 17 Baylor quickly had an answer to everyone wondering how their big-play offense and high-scoring ways would translate against a Big 12 opponent.
While it was the rematch of the highest-scoring Big 12 game ever, West Virginia couldn't keep up with the Bears this time. And this wasn't another overmatched non-conference opponent.
Petty threw for 347 yards with two touchdowns and had one of Baylor's school record-tying eight rushing TDs in a 73-42 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.
The Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had 864 total yards, breaking the Big 12 record. They had more rushing yards (468) than passing (396) and exceeded the school-record 781 total yards they had in each of their past two games.
While playing only one drive into the second half, Petty completed 17 of 25 passes. He left when the Bears already had 674 yards and had scored touchdowns on nine of 10 offensive drives for a 63-21 lead.
Lache Seastrunk had his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, coinciding with Baylor's winning streak, and he did it without running after halftime. He ran 15 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard score as the Bears had 28 points in the first quarter for the fourth game in a row.
Based on data available since 1980, STATS said Baylor is the only team to score at least 66 points in four consecutive games.
The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2), who made their Big 12 debut last year in a 70-63 victory over the Bears, trailed by five touchdowns midway through the second quarter.
Only 40 seconds into the game, Petty threw a 61-yard TD pass to Antwan Goodley, who finished with seven catches for 170 yards. West Virginia punted on its first drive, but Levi Norwood fumbled and Karl Joseph recovered in the end zone for a 7-7 score only 2 1⁄2 minutes into the game.
While on pace early to match the big-scoring game from last season, Baylor was the only team getting in the end zone for a while.
Petty's 2-yard keeper put the Bears ahead to stay. Right after West Virginia was stuffed for a 2-yard loss near midfield on a fourth-down play, Tevin Reese made a tremendous grab — extending both of his hands above his head and then pulling in the ball while stumbling forward into the end zone — for a 47-yard score.
On Baylor's next drive, Seastrunk burst free for his long touchdown run.
No other FBS or FCS team has scored 28 points in the first quarter of any three games in a single season since 1996, according to data available to STATS. Baylor still is one game short of matching the Oklahoma in 2008 with five consecutive games scoring at least 60 points.
The Bears were up 42-7 when Glasco Martin had 2-yard TD runs on consecutive drives, before West Virginia finally had an offensive touchdown on Clint Trickett's 39-yard pass to Kevin White.
White had seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including one from Paul Millard in the fourth quarter.
Trickett, who is West Virginia's third starter this season in six games since Geno Smith went to the NFL, completed nine of 28 passes for 161 yards. Millard was 8-of-13 for 115 yards and two TDs.
Shock Linwood ran 14 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. Devin Chafin and backup quarterback Seth Russell also ran for scores.
West Virginia scored three times in the fourth quarter, including Darwin Cook's 32-yard interception return with 3 minutes left. Cook had been penalized for targeting earlier in the game, but wasn't ejected after officials reviewed that play.