FINAL: West Virginia wins overtime thriller over Baylor, 27-21

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West Virginia is hosting the Baylor Bears for their first Big 12 home game of the 2020 season. The game kicks off at noon ET on ABC.


FINAL: West Virginia 27, Baylor 21: Leddie Brown spearheads the Mountaineer offense and punches it in to give West Virginia the game-winning touchdown over Baylor. The Mountaineers move to 2-1 on the season, while Baylor falls to 1-1.

INTERCEPTION WEST VIRGINIA: Tykee Smith snags the ball in the back of the end zone, giving the ball back to the Mountaineers in a critical juncture. West Virginia gets a shot to win it.

TOUCHDOWN BAYLOR (21-21): Charlie Brewer immediately finds Ben Sims for the 25-yard touchdown to tie it up. Neal Brown opts to play defense on the next go-around.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (21-14): West Virginia gets the first points of overtime on the board. A gutsy 4th-and-inches call sets up a beautiful connection between Jarret Doege and Bryce Ford-Wheaton, who snags the ball in the corner of the end zone.

West Virginia will start with the ball for the first overtime period in Morgantown since 2015.


END 4Q: West Virginia opts to run the clock out and force overtime.

TOUCHDOWN BAYLOR (14-14) – 1:19: Tony Fields gets flagged for a personal foul penalty, giving Baylor an early 15 yards in their drive. Brewer connects with Ebner before finding Josh Fleeks for the 34-yard score, tying the ballgame up with just over a minute to go. Fleeks gets called for the unsportsmanlike penalty, giving WVU a bit better field position to start off what could be their last drive of regulation.

1:55: West Virginia chews up 2:11 on five plays and gets out to their 18 before they punt. Baylor starts on their own 41.

4:06: Baylor tries to run twice, but are stopped right on the goal line on fourth down. Mountaineers take over with just over four minutes left.

4:56: After the turnover, Baylor drives deep inside the red zone little by little on the backs of Ebner and Lovett. The Bears get 2nd and goal on the WVU 3 yard line, and Brewer throws a pick to Dreshun Miller — which is overturned after review. 3rd and goal Baylor.

7:38: Baylor goes three-and-out and are forced to punt — but Sinkfield got bumped while attempting to field the punt and loses the ball. Baylor recovers on the WVU 27.

9:00: West Virginia moves the chains on first down, but can’t get it done again, so they punt. Ebner calls fair catch on the 14.

11:19: Tony Fields’s sack helps the Mountaineers force another Baylor three-and-out, pushing the Bears back four yards on the entire drive. WVU starts their next drive on their 41.

12:12: Jarret Doege, Sam James and Leddie Brown team up to muster a total of 7 yards on the drive — but they are forced to punt it to Baylor. Tresten Ebner returns the kick 3 yards to the Baylor 25.

13:59: Dreshun Miller picks off Brewer at the WVU 21 yard line and takes it back 11 yards, setting West Virginia up with another offensive drive.


END 3Q: Baylor has possession to end the third quarter, but Brewer is getting in a rhythm — he starts the drive 3-for-5 for 23 yards, with a 5-yard rush of his own. WVU still has the lead to start the 4th quarter, 14-7.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (14-7) – 1:38: The West Virginia run game gets rolling on this drive, starting off with a 9-yard run from Leddie Brown. The next play, Alec Sinkfield busts one for 25 yards to get into hostile territory. In total, Brown racks up 30 yards on the drive, including the 1-yard punch for the score. Doege adds two completions and two incompletions in the drive.

6:43: Baylor goes three-and-out with a false start call of their own, setting WVU up to start on their own 28.

8:16: West Virginia again goes three and out despite a pair of completions by Doege — but the Mountaineers are marred by yet another false start penalty and are forced to punt. Baylor will start on their own 46.

9:33: WVU’s Exree Loe and Akheem Mesidor team up on this drive to force a three-and out, racking up all three stops — including a third down sack on Charlie Brewer by Mesidor. The Bears punt and WVU will begin on their own 22 after Alec Sinkfield’s fair catch.

11:25: The Mountaineers’ second half starts with a false start call against center Chase Behrndt, bumping WVU back five yards. Neal Brown calls two straight runs to Leddie Brown, who musters a total of five yards, before opting for the air attack — but Doege’s completed throw to Winston Wright for 8 yards is not enough to move the chains. WVU punts.

12:56: The Bears go four plays before they are forced to punt. West Virginia takes over on their own 15.

Baylor starts on their own 19.


West Virginia blocks the Baylor kick to take a 7-7 tie into the locker room. They will kick to the Bears to start the second half.

:43: The Mountaineers force Baylor to punt, but they go three-and-out themselves. Baylor gets one more shot on their own 30.

1:36: Neal Brown calls another timeout as they force a 4th and 10 for the Bears.

1:45: West Virginia calls their first timeout as the Bears have 2nd and 12 on their own 19. Baylor has moved the ball this drive, but a couple of holding penalties have held them back. So far, they’ve kept it on the ground for all five plays.

3:05: West Virginia gets two straight first downs from the Doege-Sam James connection, but Bryce Ford-Wheaton is called for an unsportsmanlike, which pushes the Mountaineers back 15 yards. They are unable to recoup that yardage and are forced to punt — but they pin the Bears on their own 6 yard line.

TOUCHDOWN BAYLOR (7-7) – 6:44: A wacky drive for the Bears, including a WVU interception that was called back for a pass interference penalty, is finished by Charlie Brewer’s passing touchdown to RJ Sneed. The drive lasts 5 plays and 2:43, and goes for 30 yards.

9:27: Jarret Doege throws an interception on third and long by JT Woods. Leddie Brown brings him down, but not before he gets a return of 28 yards.

10:55: A big third down connection from Charlie Brewer to Gavin Holmes puts the Bears in field goal position — but John Mayers doinks it off the right upright. That’s his second miss of the day, and WVU gets the ball back on their own 44.

13:31: Jarret Doege is intercepted on first down by Terrel Bernard, who returns it to the Baylor 39.

13:36: Baylor gets stopped on two straight plays to start the quarter and are forced to punt. West Virginia takes over on the Bears’ 43 yard line.


END 1Q: West Virginia holds onto a 7-point lead at the end of the first period of play.

:23: Alec Sinkfield opens the Mountaineers’ drive with a 13-yard rush for a first down, but they are quickly stopped on subsequent snaps and forced to punt. Baylor opens up on their own 17.

4:21: West Virginia pushes the Bears back 10 yards and force a field goal — which misses, giving the Mountaineers the ball on their own 29.

6:11: On the second play of the drive, Baylor gets a big push on the WVU offensive line and puts a hit on Jarret Doege to force a fumble. The Bears recover in great field position — on the 19 yard line.

6:37: A Baylor false start penalty helps the Mountaineers force a three-and-out in the Bears’ first drive. Baylor’s Isaac Power punts to Alec Sinkfield, who calls for a fair catch on the 23 yard line.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (7-0) – 8:51: West Virginia gets the opening-drive touchdown on the feet of Jarret Doege. The QB gets off to a strong start, completing 7 of his 9 passes for 51 yards, while the rest of the drive came on the ground and with the help of some Baylor penalties. In total, the drive lasts 15 plays.

West Virginia will receive the opening kickoff.

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