Baylor’s comeback falls short against West Virginia: 3 things we learned

Baylor football posted a wild comeback, but came just short in a 38-36 loss to No. 23 West Virginia on Saturday in Waco, Texas.

The Bears were down 38-13 heading into the fourth quarter. However, the offense changed dramatically when freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer went into the game. Baylor went on a 23-0 run and had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie. Unfortunately, it fell short.

Here are three things we learned after the Bears’ loss on Homecoming.

1. Young players fighting. For how inconsistent most of the roster was on Saturday, several young players showed signs of growth. The offense changed significantly when freshman Charlie Brewer came into the game. He immediately threw a 52-yard touchdown to fellow freshman Trestan Ebner.

Things got better from there. Walk-on kicker Jay Sedwick nailed an onsides kick, and the Bears scored another touchdown there. Baylor had to settle for a field goal in the red zone later, but it brought the game to within one score.

2. Offensive line struggles. When an offensive line is bad, the offense can’t function. Unfortunately, Baylor’s line is tremendously inconsistent, and it showed. Zach Smith was dropped several times, and the running game didn’t get going for most of the game.

The Bears lost several pieces off the offensive line during the offseason, and it’s showed. That’s going to be a continual concern for this team, and the offense probably can’t perform at an exceptionally high level until it gets better. However, Brewer makes things look a little better.

3. Brewer time? After this game, it’s hard to argue Baylor can keep going forward with Zach Smith at quarterback. The running game has been an essential part of the offense to this point, and Brewer brought it to life down the stretch.

He scored 23 straight points and gave the Bears a chance to win at the end of the game. Things clearly worked better with a mobile quarterback under center. Charlie Brewer should start for Baylor next week.

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