Mountaineers Rip Baylor

LISTEN-Dana Holgorsen, WVU players react

Jeff Hathhorn
October 25, 2018 - 11:58 pm

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MORGANTOWN, WV (93.7 the Fan) – West Virginia rolled up 41 points on 435 yards of offense in the first half beating Baylor Thursday night 58-14.

Bouncing back from throwing for 100 yards in the Mountaineers’ lone loss at Iowa State, Will Grier had that on the second drive and finished the first half with 302 (353 overall) yards passing and three touchdowns, a pair of those to senior receiver David Sills V who had 141 yards on four catches, in the first half.

“A lot of people were doubting us,” Sills said.  “Thinking we weren’t as good as we all think we are.  I think it was a good game to show how dominate we can be on all three sides of the ball.”

“They really stepped up,” Holgorsen said of his seniors.  “Took this team and said we are going to practice hard, we are going to work hard and we are going to play hard.  And that’s what we did.  We finally played a complete game.”

Mountaineers didn’t have a scoring drive in the first half longer than 7 plays and the final three drives of the half combined for six plays and 180 yards.

“We played fast,” Holgorsen said.  “We looked really, really slow the last time we were out there.  So that was an emphasis to play fast.  We came out and started fast, that’s as fast as I’ve seen us start.”

As impressive as the offense was, the WVU defense intercepted three passes, had three sacks and 5 tackles for loss, in the first half.  Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer had a negative 39.4 rating before being replaced late in the second quarter.

“We felt like we lost a little respect, as a team, when we lost,” said LB David Long.  “I feel like we went out there to take that back and I feel like we played it right.”

“It’s what we needed,” Holgorsen said.  “We needed to go out and play and play well and we did.”

“It put us in a good place,” said junior linebacker and Morgantown native Shea Campbell.  “I think we are all comfortable and confident with what is going on and we are back to where we need to be.”

Next week is for first place in the Big 12, Mountaineers are at number 6 Texas.

“They (Texas) are on the road Saturday night,” Holgorsen said.  “It may be an advantage for us.  We will take every one we can get.”