But at least the Bears didn't reach the 1,000-yard mark, which for a while seemed almost certain and perhaps would have come to pass had they not turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter. And for at least that defensive coordinator Keith Patterson seemed grateful.
"We had a lot of opportunities to just lay down and quit, but I didn't see them quit,'' Patterson said before personally taking responsibility for the debacle. "There's no magic call. You have to play with great intensity and great energy and we didn't. And that's my fault.''
As bad as the defense was, however, the offense wasn't much better, regardless of those 42 points. First, WVU's safeties scored two of the six touchdowns - Karl Joseph recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone and Darwin Cook scored after Travis Bell intercepted a pass and lateraled to him - and two others came late against Baylor's backups. It was Paul Millard who threw TD passes to Ronald Carswell and Kevin White after a battered Clint Trickett was finally allowed to watch the fourth quarter.
An so the first-team offense scored really just two times against the Baylor starters, once on a 39-yard Charles Sims run after Baylor had scored 56. The other was a 39-yard Trickett-to-White pass with the score 42-7, one of many deep balls Trickett threw but one of the few that was anywhere close to its mark.
Both Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said throwing deep wasn't just a prayer in a lopsided game, but was one of the few things Baylor's defense seemed vulnerable to.
Trickett, though, admitted that some of it might have been the former.
"It's hard when you get down early like that,'' he said. "You feel like you have to come back on every play.''
A year ago, when WVU beat Baylor 70-63, the Mountaineer offense seemed like it might be good enough to come back on every play. That's far from accurate now, however.
"I said it all week. If it got into a track meet, we wouldn't be in good shape,'' Holgorsen said. "We didn't make them punt once all game. They scored more than we scored last year. Offensively we're not equipped to be able to keep up at this point in time. Hopefully we get there at some point.''
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