MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2-3 West Virginia Mountaineers travel to the Lone Star State today for the program’s third conference matchup of 2021: the Baylor Bears.
Baylor head coach Dave Aranda’s Bears (4-1) are coming off a 24-14 loss in Stillwater, Ok. to the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys, while Neal Brown’s team is hoping to rebound from a disappointing 23-20 loss to Texas Tech in Morgantown.
Brown and Aranda, now in his second season in Waco, have only met once, but 2020 was a knock-down, drag-out fight between the conference foes.
Last season, the Mountaineers welcomed Aranda’s team to Morgantown, but it wasn’t smooth sailing, even at home. Each team found the end zone only twice during regulation, heading into overtime tied at 14. WVU scored first in overtime, off a Jarret Doege to Bryce Ford-Wheaton six-yard pass, but the Bears rallied back with an offensive stunner 25-yard pass into the end zone to tie the game again with 1:13 to play, forcing double overtime. In double overtime, WVU’s Leddie Brown secured a three-yard rush to send the Mountaineers to 6-3 in the series.
Doege finished the game 30-42-2 for 211 yards, and Brown was 27-93 rushing, helping the team to 345 yards of total offense.
In a game ridden with penalties, 24 in total spread evenly between the two teams totaling a collective loss of 188 yards, the difference makers were the defenses. WVU’s defense, still comprised of roughly the same configuration this season, won out. WVU defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley’s team held the Bears to just 27 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Baylor added 229 yards passing, just slightly better in the air than WVU, to notch 256 yards of total offense.
This final adds a fourth to the the last five meetings, which have all been decided by fewer points than a touchdown. The 2021 spread for this game is set 2.5 points in Baylor’s favor, and the over-under is currently at 44 points.
WVU enters Waco (1-3) on a rough 0-6 road loss streak, and are hoping that this trip to McLane Stadium will finally end in their favor. The Mountaineers haven’t won in Waco since 2017, and need this win as a confidence boost after an anticlimactic first half start last week to the Red Raiders at Milan Puskar Stadium. If the Mountaineers can hit the ground running in Texas to rejuvenate the season, this should be a great shootout.
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It’s on the air at 12 p.m. EST. If you can’t make the trip to Texas, here are all the ways you can watch.
TV Channel: FS1
TV Crew: Cory Provus (PBP), Mark Helfrich (analyst)
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG
Radio Crew: Tony Caridi (PBP), Dwight Wallace (analyst), Jed Drenning (sideline)
Local Channel: WVU Football Radio Affiliates
The stream will also be on the new, free WVU Gameday app in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
SIRIUS XM: Ch. 98 on Sirius radios and Ch. 200 on XM radios