In just the first quarter, Baylor gained 369 yards and built a 28-7 lead. The 369 yards was the highest total by any team in the FBS in any quarter of any game played in at least 10 years.
Baylor did not have a three-and-out all game - the Bears have not had one this season - and did not punt.
By halftime, Baylor had rolled up 617 yards of total offense, just 83 short of what the Bears had a year ago in that 70-63 loss in Morgantown. On 58 offensive plays, Baylor made 27 first downs in that half (finishing with 38 for the game). At one point, the Bears scored on three consecutive offensive plays - at the end of a 12-play drive and then on back-to-back one-play "drives" of 47 and 80 yards.
Meanwhile, West Virginia was getting nothing from its offense, which struggled so much that on consecutive series in the first quarter coach Dana Holgorsen took Trickett out of the game and replaced him with Millard. Both times Holgorsen said it was because he couldn't communicate with Trickett because the quarterback still doesn't understand his signals.
"I'm not doing something right,'' Holgorsen said of the inability to get Trickett up to speed with the communications aspect.
Trickett sat out the fourth quarter, but still appears to be West Virginia's starting quarterback. The Mountaineers are off next week before facing Texas Tech on Oct. 19, so Trickett will have some time to rest his injured shoulder and other sore parts.
"It's Clint,'' offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said when asked if he still had a starting quarterback. "Clint gave us a spark [last week in a win over Oklahoma State].''
West Virginia had one and only one crack of hope during the entire game, but that was over in a hurry. After Baylor's offense had scored in the first 40 seconds of the game and WVU was forced to punt after its first four plays, Baylor's Levi Norwood fumbled the punt near his own goal line. The ball went back into the end zone, where WVU's Karl Joseph recovered for a touchdown. And so with just 21/2 minutes gone, the Mountaineers were tied with the Bears, 7-7.
But that was it. Baylor would score on eight of its nine first-half possessions - all touchdowns - the only exception coming when freshman Daryl Worley intercepted Bryce Petty after the Bears had reached the WVU 32.
Aside from that, Petty was 17 of 25 for 347 yards passing (342 in the first half). Antwan Goodley caught seven passes for 170 yards and running back Lache Seastrunk, not to be outdone, had 172 yards and two touchdowns. Goodley and Seastrunk's numbers all came in the first half.
For the game, Trickett finished 9 of 28 for 161 yards. Millard was 8 of 13 for 115 yards and touchdowns to Ronald Carswell and White. West Virginia had 394 yards of offense after gaining just 147 in the first half.
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