WVU football notebook: Bailey regains top form
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STILLWATER, Okla. — West Virginia junior receiver Stedman Bailey returned to form in Saturday's 55-34 loss at Oklahoma State.
Bailey, slowed by an ankle injury he suffered last month at Texas Tech, equaled a school record with 14 receptions. His 225 receiving yards are the second most in his career.
“I felt I was bout 90 percent,” Bailey said. “Once I get one of those (cortisone) shots and it kicks in, then I'm locked in and ready to make plays.”
Bailey's biggest play was a 75-yard catch in the third quarter on a slant pass from Geno Smith that led to Smith's 9-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Nehlen.
Bailey, however, was far from pleased with the result.
“Too many mistakes, and it cost us,” Bailey said. “It makes me frustrated because these are mistakes that we should not be making. We have to live with it for now. Move forward and work on trying to eliminate them, but it's frustrating.”
Speaking of mistakes, Tavon Austin made no excuses after misjudging a third quarter bouncing punt that banged off his body and Oklahoma State recovered and converted into a touchdown.
“That's my fault, and I take the blame,” Austin said. “I waved it off when I should have just run at it. It looked like it was going out of bounds, but it bounced back my way, and it hit me.”
Bailey equaled WVU's single-game receiving mark set by Austin against Baylor on Sept. 29. ... Bailey has four 100-yard receiving games this season and 11 in his career, the second-best total in WVU history. ... Bailey is also second in school history with 2,651 receiving yards. ... Bailey has 16 touchdown receptions this season and 32 for his career. ... Austin has 11 touchdown receptions this season and 28 in his career. ... Quarterback Geno Smith ranks second at WVU with 91 career TD passes. He has 31 passes this season.
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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