June 14, 2024

WVU head coach Neal Brown hasn’t had nice experiences within the away-team media room at Baylor’s McLane Stadium prior to now, however he was joyful to be there Saturday night time.

Listed here are Brown’s postgame ideas following WVU’s win over Baylor Saturday night time:

When it issues most

The WVU offense generated simply 74 yards on its first 4 drives of the second half during which the Mountaineers punted thrice and turned the ball over on downs. However with its again towards the wall, WVU generated a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive to seal the 34-31 win over the Bears.

“Garrett is basically good on the two-minute drill,” Brown mentioned. “We scored two touchdowns tonight with lower than a minute-and-a-half each instances with zero timeouts. He’s good. [He has the] capability to run [and] he will get the ball down the sector vertically.”

Particular groups blunders

Baylor kick returner Richard Reese returned two-straight kickoff returns for touchdowns (96 yards, 93 yards) that saved the Bears within the sport with a 27-14 halftime rating regardless of incomes practically 300 fewer yards of offense than WVU within the first half.

“We simply obtained beat on one-on-one blocks, and that ought to by no means occur,” Brown mentioned. “[I] can’t clarify it. We’ll watch the movie on that, however that’s simply not ok. That’s not who we’ve been on particular groups, and that’s not what we’re going to be shifting ahead both.”

“It was type of bittersweet for me as a result of a man that was a student-coach for us at Kentucky after which he labored for us for 2 years, he returned two kicks towards us immediately: Tyler Hancock, who’s their particular groups analyst,” Brown added. “I’ll be joyful for him in some unspecified time in the future, not proper now, however in some unspecified time in the future I’ll be joyful for him.”

Regardless of the success within the return sport, Baylor additionally missed two discipline objectives inside 45 yards Saturday night time, one in all which arrange WVU’s game-winning drive.

What’s on the road?

The win towards Baylor marked WVU’s first eight-win season since 2018. A win within the upcoming bowl sport would mark the second time* WVU earns 9 wins since becoming a member of the Huge 12. All of the whereas, gamers are attempting to enhance draft inventory, place themselves on subsequent yr’s depth chart and finish the season on a excessive notice.

“Initially, we wish to win,” Brown mentioned. “Second of all, we wish to be certain that it’s an pleasant expertise for our guys as a result of it’s a bonus. Subsequent factor is we wish to put together for the subsequent yr, and so, we will do all these issues, however the purpose is to get to 9 [wins].”

Editor’s notice: This story beforehand said incorrectly that WVU received 9 video games this season for the primary time within the Huge 12. The 2016 workforce received 10 video games earlier than its loss within the Russell Athletic Bowl.

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