You are looking live at the Baylor band practicing inside Floyd Casey Stadium. I was perched atop the damn roof and let me tell you how windy it is today. Those kids weren’t even blowing into their mouthpieces. They were just holding their instruments in the air. I’m serious.
The band spelled out Baylor as well in its prep so I sat around a while after this waiting for “Virginia.”
I’m concerned about their depth, Craig. I don’t know if they have the numbers to pull it off this week
Turns out the folks in red and black are from West High School and that Baylor is doing something with the kids this week. And that’s neat, of course. And I’m odd.
But, yes, it’s windy, so prepare to hear about the wind and how the wind affects passes and kicks and punts and all the coaching decisions that are attached to each and the wind must be considered. My kingdom to see Dana Holgorsen use his timeouts in the first quarter to make Baylor punt into the wind.
I think this wind is an element, though, because both ends of the stadium are, as you can tell, open. There aren’t bleachers shielding the length of the field from this breeze. So let’s track it, I guess.
More about this stadium. Cool murals on the outside. I’m a big fan of stadium murals.
I’m a big fan of the live post, too. Shall we prance?
Final story for the night:
This is tremendous. Bell’s flick to Cook on the interception return precedes a real tricky onside kick that recovers. It’s 73-42!
H-James! they threw him a pass!
And there’s the good Carswell. When he tries, he can do stuff like that. That ought to spare WVU the embarrassment of the third-largest margin of defeat in school history. It doesn’t do much, but it does achieve that. The only other losses with a spread larger than 45 points were 62-14 to Penn State in 1973, 130-0 to Michigan in 1904 and 72-0 to Washington & Lee in 1891.
The secret’s out! They’re all over that Cody Clay stuff.
I kind of feel for Sims. He’s bracing for contact pretty much as soon as he gets the ball. He knows he has to run hard to get yards.
Lots and lots of two-man routes.
Vernon Davis isn’t happy there. He was inside his guy, to no avail, but clipped his feet on his defender’s and fell to the ground.
Vernon Davis is really happy for Vernon Davis there. Hopping. Waving arms.
Did you see No. 41 line up in the backfield? He’s 6-5 and 280. And he’s listed as an offensive lineman!
Well, Baylor’s going out of its way to not run up the score as a defensive lineman tackles the cornerback on an interception return.
Curious what you think here, but I’ll throw it out there. WVU looked really bad in that first half, especially on offense, but Baylor had a whole hell of a lot to do with that. I know you’re down on WVU, but you’re seeing something that you just don’t see.
Kevin White with another deep catch and then Sims with a 39-yard touchdown run, almost in spite of White’s blocking downfield.
I don’t recall Dana EVER running an option play before. Would have been Geno or Millard and I’d remember that.
I can’t believe that third down call. Third-and-9 and you go option right for the first time all season … and it’s a pitch to Dreamius. And Baylor, improbably, wasn’t surprised. Bears pounce for a four-yard loss.
It’s conceivable Trickett’s arm turns into a pumpkin at midnight and they’re just getting what they can out of it.
WVU offense showing some ingenuity now, but it’s way too late, of course. That said, it keeps Baylor under 50 in the first half! Maybe!
I thought he led with the helmet. His arms were back and everything. The call is overturned, though I’m not certain that helps WVU much.
And he does that a lot, man.
Well, that solves the Darwin Cook problem.
The home run ball works, but with a price. Trickett connects on a 39-yard TD to White, but Trickett got hammered on the throw. It’s 42-14 as I type this … and … yes, it’s still 42-14. Phew.
I’m not being rude or just riding the momentum of the blowout, but there has to be something better than Darwin Cook On This Night on the sideline.
Also, Carswell dogs it a lot, but I wonder if he’s … exhausted? He’s gone deep a trillion times already and it’s not like he’s going to do something to affect the outcome.
And on the first and second down plays, WVU had the same personnel and formation and Baylor didn’t change. One was a run, one was a pass. That’s odd, man. Are these bad reads by Trickett? Would Dana be changing if Trickett could change?
There is zero imagination here. Zero.
A nice play by Worley to play centerfield and pick off a bad decision, but he gets smoked on the return. Even Baylor’s interceptions are entertaining.
I guess it’s fair to wonder now who starts at QB against Texas Tech.
WVU has no shot, but I wonder if WVU had a shot if the game plan was inside zone, two and maybe three-man streaks.
WVU has allowed 309, 435, 220, 330 and 433 yards this season. It just gave up 369 in the first damn quarter to Baylor.
Rewind that Seastrunk run. What’s Cook doing? Go over the block, man.
That Richardson is a pro, probably as a tackle and not a guard because he’s just so big, but the RG Hilliard is dominating right now.
And that’s what happens.
In this timeout on third-and-4, Baylor is calling its third and fourth down plays.
Cook is running right at Seastrunk and totally whiffs.
Honestly, rewind that third-down play. It’s single coverage across the field with one high safety. Trickett throws to the only spot where the safety could be involved.
This is bad form. Forget the score. It’s the plan. The plan is “go deep.”
This game plan looks pretty simple. It’s two-man routes and zone plays.
And Cook and Barber, we know, aren’t fast. It’s a total mismatch at those two spots.
To take nothing from Baylor’s offense, because this team will do this to a lot of opponents, but WVU has played terrible on defense. Just terrible. Barber, Cook, Dillon, etc.
And there’s Jared Barber making another terrible play. That shouldn’t be a touchdown.
WVU’s punt return team had no idea where the ball was. Returner faked them all out. O’Toole dropped it inside the 5, but it goes for a touchback … his first of the season.
What is the world is going on the the quarterback situation here?
Close call on the deep ball, but Carswell did absolutely nothing to get that pass.
Kindler is having a hard time. And say what you will about Baylor’s defense, but WVU is keeping a tight end at home to help protect.
Bryce Petty’s passer rating: 421.4.
All things considered, close to the worst imaginable start for WVU.
And here’s what I was talking about. Baylor’s offense is a factor on the sideline.
And an outside zone to the boundary side doesn’t work either. Third-and-10 not where you want to be. Here’s Millard…
Zone plays are going to have to work for WVU tonight. The line did its job on first down, but no one touched the defensive back.
Needless to say, this is an important drive for WVU down 14-7 and with no indication yet it can stop Baylor.
Dillon looks a little shaky early. He can’t be shaky.
Antwan Goodley ran away from WVU’s defense. He’s 5-10, 225. That’s the same height and 25 pounds heavier than Karl Joseph.
Back to the original point about the fourth down. It he’s gained more yards on second down or some yards on third down, I wonder if Dana Holgorsen might have gone for it.
And that’s bigger than the Ickey Banks play, right?
Pregame discussion with some Baylor folks about how I thought Baylor’s offensive reputation can’t scare WVU. You might have to coach a little differently and for for some fourth downs early or think seven instead of three … but you have to know a punt isn’t necessarily a bad play.
And that punt wasn’t a bad play.
Also, break No. 2.
Motion by the RB and two players cover … Cody Clay? Film study, y’all.
Break for WVU and Smallwood makes a meal of the wind-affected KO, but it gets out of bounds and gives WVU the ball at the 35.
Nothing really fancy there. Goodley just went deep and sped through a gap in the zone. gain, WVU’s safeties have to play deep to contend with this.
That didn’t take long. WVU opens in a zone and just three plays and 40 seconds in it’s 7-0.
And O’Toole will kick off for WVU.
So Baylor students rush the field BEFORE the game.
And in case you’re wondering, Mike Molinari did abut exactly what you’d expect kicking with and into the wind. The punt returners did all right. If a punter can spray the ball and make a returner chase it, that’s going to cause some problems.
Nick O’Toole had no trouble kicking into the wind, though. He got line drives to go far and he powered some up into the sky and a good 50-plus yards.
But much of that happened after this happened.
And so is this guy. I’m far form the field, but I was watching them warm up and went, “Whoa, who is No. 60?”
Baylor has some big dudes. That Shawn Oakman (eight TFL already) is a monster.
Lonnie Galloway coaches the punt returners, by the way. I feel like he’s gotten off way too easy this season. Anyhow, he’s working his guys out right now and throwing the ball high in the air, but it’s not going more than 10 yards down the field.
Blue lids, white tops, white pants for WVU.
Also, retractable windows here. We opened it up and — whoosh — wind.
Among the things McCartney can’t catch, a break is one. I mean, it’s his birthday.
Ford Childress is in uniform again and is listed as the backup. Millard is third. There is no “or” to be seen.
Changes to the two-deep today … and there are not 21 today.
Ivan McCartney is out. I’ve heard it’s his head and that’s s not a joke. He took a shot up top last week. Also, today is his birthday.
Nose guard Christian Brown is also out again, which means Kyle Rose will be Shaq Rowell’s backup.
Kevin White will start for McCartney and Vernon Davis, who had been an inside receiver and who has not played this season, will be White’s backup.
I guess Davis has been good in practice. He’d been working out with the return teams and he’s now changed positions.
Daryl Worley is the kickoff returner. Ronald Carswell remains the punt returner.
Adam Pankey is the backup left tackle (beware, Nick Kindler) and Mike Calicchio is the backup right tackle. That’s a reversal from last week.
Mario Alford is dressed, but Jordan Thompson is the backup to Daikiel Shorts at inside receiver.
The H-James experiment at tight end might be over. He’s the backup right guard, which means he can’t wear No. 89.
Let’s remember the good time(s).
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