Things did not go as planned for Baylor football on Saturday morning.
By John Raby Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Clint Trickett threw three touchdown passes and West Virginia surprised sloppy No. 4 Baylor 41-27 Saturday. The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) earned their first win over a top five opponent since beating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after
No. 4 Baylor football trails Big 12 rival West Virginia at the break 24-20 in Morgantown, W. Va.
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Saturday morning, No. 4 Baylor football leaves the friendly confines of home again to face the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Bears snatched a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback win against TCU last Saturday to keep their undefeated record alive. West Virginia also kept its Big 12 hopes alive with a game-winning field goal against Texas Tech in Lubbock last Saturday.
Baylor football looked dead in the water in the middle of the fourth quarter on Saturday against TCU. The Bears were down 21 points to a hungry Horned Frogs team.
Freshman kicker Chris Callahan was 1-for-6 on field goals coming into Saturday’s shootout against fifth-ranked Baylor and ninth-ranked TCU. His only made field goal in 2014 was 45 days ago in the first game of the season against unranked SMU.
With only 11:38 remaining on Saturday at McLane Stadium, TCU linebacker Marcus Mallet intercepted a pass from senior quarterback Bryce Petty and returned it for a touchdown to push the TCU lead out to 58-37.
Baylor may have been ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll, but few seemed to take the Bears seriously as a College Football Playoff contender. To be fair, Baylor had yet to play a team even in the top teams of the conference, much less a true national contender.
As many know by now, fans rushed the field at McLane Stadium after freshman kicker Chris Callahan nailed a game-winner as time expired to beat TCU on Saturday. This sparked a bit of controversy, asking whether fans should have rushed the field despite being the favorite heading into the game.