WVU Football Falls To Baylor, Gets Necessary Bye Week Before Playing TCU

Written By Chris Imperiale on October 15, 2021 - Last Updated on October 25, 2021

After losing several tight matchups this season, the WVU Mountaineers were on the wrong side of a blowout last Saturday. They dropped their third consecutive tilt last week by a lopsided final score of 45-20.

The loss moves WVU back to 2-4 overall on the year, while Baylor is now 5-1.

The tone was set early in this one, as the Bears scored on their second play from scrimmage. Quarterback Gerry Bohanon completed a 75-yard scoring strike to Tyquan Thornton.

Despite answering with a touchdown on the next drive, WVU couldn’t match Baylor’s offensive production. The Bears scored again on their second drive and put up a total of 28 in the opening half.

With two more successful drives to start the third quarter, Baylor put the game out of reach. Abram Smith scampered 31 yards into the end zone and increased the lead to 42-13.

WVU’s defense is playing well in general this season but did not hold up a week ago.

Bohanon was incredibly efficient, throwing for more than 330 yards on just 18 completions. He threw for four touchdowns and added another on the ground.

Let’s examine this awful showing from the Mountaineers and briefly look ahead to their matchup with TCU on Oct. 23.

WVU Football Loses Third Straight

Baylor was basically unstoppable all afternoon when it had the ball. Lots of sizable plays helped it reach a total of 525 yards of offense, all without committing a turnover.

Wide receiver Thornton hauled in eight grabs for over 185 yards and two scores.

The Bears had plenty of success in the run game as well. Smith and Trestan Ebner each averaged more than 6.6 yards per carry and together combined for 140 yards on 19 rushes.

Baylor’s defense had a good game in terms of getting pressure on WVU’s signal caller Jarret Doege. They recorded six sacks as a team, compared to zero for the Mountaineers.

Senior linebacker Terrel Bernard led the way for the Bears with nine tackles, including a sack.

WVU’s offense wasn’t awful but couldn’t do enough in this contest. It appeared as if the answer on the second possession of the game was going to be crucial, but the Mountaineers couldn’t keep it up.

Doege threw a pick their next time around, followed by two straight punts. This lull offensively opened the door for Baylor to grow its lead to 21 points.

WVU sustained a solid 11-play drive that got inside of Baylor’s red zone but was forced to settle for a field goal.

The start of the second half was similar, as its offense went 78 yards in 12 plays but could only manage another three points. Once Baylor scored two more touchdowns on its next two chances, the game was seemingly over.

Since they were trailing by so much, the Mountaineers needed to abandon the running attack somewhat. Leddie Brown saw just 12 carries, while QB Garrett Greene led WVU with 55 rushing yards.

Although much of the blame can be placed on WVU’s offensive line, Brown is not seeing the same output as a year ago. He’s averaged 3.7 yards or fewer in four of this season’s six tilts.

Receivers Winston Wright Jr., Sam James and Isaiah Esdale accounted for the majority of the team’s receptions. Wright Jr. posted six catches for 86 yards.

Looking Ahead To WVU-TCU

The Mountaineers don’t play this weekend because of their bye week. This couldn’t have come at a better time for coach Neal Brown and his guys.

The third consecutive defeat put them in last place in the Big 12 Conference as the only side that’s 0-3. Kansas and Kansas State are both 0-2 in conference games.

The positive news in Morgantown is there are two winnable matchups upcoming. Following the off week, WVU will travel to Fort Worth to battle the TCU Horned Frogs.

They sit at 3-2 overall at the moment before taking on No. 4 Oklahoma this week.

TCU won its first two meetings but then lost two in a row at home against SMU and Texas.

The Frogs got back into the win column last Saturday with an impressive victory over Texas Tech. TCU scored its most points of the season so far and won easily by a final score of 52-31.

WVU lost in a tight one when it faced Tech a couple of weeks ago.

There aren’t any odds available for WVU’s next game quite yet, but we can project where the line might be in a week.

TCU is receiving +13.5 at most West Virginia sportsbooks for its matchup with OU. WVU was getting around +17 when it went to Norman at the end of September.

With TCU playing at home, it’s safe to say it should be favored by at least a few points when it hosts the Mountaineers. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the point spread at about TCU -3.5.

Right now, DraftKings WV lists the Frogs as the team with the sixth-best odds to win the conference at +3500. Of course, WVU’s losing streak basically eliminates it from contending for the title; however, you can still wager on the team at odds of +20000.

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Chris Imperiale covers sports betting and the online casino industries. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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