West Virginia edges Baylor 38-36; 3 things we learned

West Virginia took its blistering offense on the road as the Mountaineers claimed a 38-36 victory at Baylor Saturday night.

It was a history-making occurrence for the Mountaineers, who won for the first time in three trips to Waco since joining the Big 12 in 2012.

Nailing the victory down wasn’t easy. After leading 38-13 starting the fourth quarter, Baylor roared back for 23 consecutive points capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Brewer to Trestan Ebner with 17 seconds left.

But on the two-point play, Xavier Preston charged for a blindside sack of Brewer to preserve the victory.

Here 3 things we learned after watching West Virginia win and set up a huge game against Oklahoma State next week in Morgantown, W. Va.

1.  Will Grier can play a little football:

Some wondered how Will Grier would mesh with West Virginia’s offense when he joined the program from Florida after sitting out last  season.

After just seven games, Grier has become one of the most productive quarterbacks in school history with a scintillating start.

Grier had another monster game Saturday night, blistering Baylor defense for a career-best 375 yards and five touchdowns to pace the victory.

It enabled Grier to become the first play in West Virginia with back-t0-back games with 5 passing TDs.

2. West Virginia looked ordinary in the second half.

The Mountaineers let up in the fourth quarter. It almost cost them the game.

West Virginia’s defense had played well earlier in the game, notching 5 sacks in the first 2 1/2 quarters. Coming into the game, West Virginia produced seven sacks.

Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer juiced the production in Baylor’s offense when he entered late in the third quarter. His comeback almost cost West Virginia the game.

3. “Mr. Touchdown” was at it again:

David Sills’ story of football redemption since joining West Virginia this season  has been well chronicled since his arrival.

But the junior took his performance to another level Saturday night with 7 receptions for 136 yards,  although he didn’t have a catch after the first drive of the second half.

It was his second straight game with 3 touchdown receptions. In his last four games, Sills has grabbed 10 TDs on his 29 receptions.

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