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No. 2 Baylor continues to roll as QB Russell scores 6 TDs

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Can we just fast forward to the end of the season when Baylor and TCU square off? No. 2 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) once again left no doubt who the better team on the field was Saturday afternoon, jumping on West Virginia (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) early and pulling away in the second half of a 62-38 victory. West Virginia dropped to 0-3 in Big 12 play as a result.

Baylor quarterback Seth Russell passed for 380 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 160 yards and a touchdown in the win. When Russell was throwing, he was doing so primarily to Corey Coleman, who made some school history in the process. Coleman put together 199 receiving yards and three touchdowns to tie and then set the school record for the most touchdown receptions in a single season. His first touchdown of the day tied the previous record of 14 touchdowns in a season that was set by Kendall Wright in 2011. Coleman’s second touchdown set the new record at 15, and the third pushed that record to 16. Just remember that Baylor still has six games to play this season, not counting any potential postseason games. Coleman could end the year with 30 touchdowns.

Art Briles has done well in putting together an offensive system capable of rewriting the record books on any given week, and he should be credited for that. Through six games it may be fair to argue Baylor is one of the top teams in the country, although it is also fair to point out Baylor has yet to truly be challenged and they have yet to show what they can do in a true moment of adversity. That’s not Baylor’s fault, for the most part. The Bears just go out and play whoever lines up against them, and they take care of business each and every time.

Next up for Baylor is Iowa State, who have the misfortune of playing TCU this week before making the trip to Waco next week. Baylor is set to play TCU in Fort Worth on November 27, and will end the season at home against the Texas Longhorns. As far as the Big 12 is concerned, it all seems to be coming down to that November 27 matchup at TCU. As long as Baylor and TCU continue to win games, there could very well be a playoff spot on the line as well. If that’s the case, the Big 12 will not be shut out of the biggest postseason party this year.

West Virginia is now skating on thin ice when it comes to the postseason possibilities. After starting the year 3-0, West Virginia has dropped three straight conference games and must still win three to become bowl eligible. The good news is West Virginia’s schedule becomes much more manageable after playing TCU in two weeks on a Thursday night. Regardless, the pressure is pretty much on now for Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers.

West Virginia defense keeping Baylor within reach

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Baylor took just 58 seconds to drive 80 yards against West Virginia, and the Mountaineers answered with a quick three-play drive going 81 yards for a touchdown in the game’s first three minutes of play. It looked as though we were off to the races for the afternoon in Waco, but Baylor was the only one running the rest fo the way in the first quarter. Baylor took a 17-7 lead but West Virginia’s defense has locked down and forced some Baylor punts to keep this one from getting too out of hand. Baylor leads West Virginia 24-17 at the halftime break.

Seth Russel ran 16 yards for the first score of the game, and West Virginia’s Skyler Howard completed a 70-yard touchdown polay to Shelton Gibson to tie the game. Big plays have been key for West Virginia, but the Mountaineers need to find ways to getting in the end zone. West Virginai was picked off in the end zone once and had another drive stuffed inside the five-yard line of Baylor.

Baylor’s offense has foudn a challenge in West Virginia’s defense. Baylor has just one third-down conversion after missing on the first four third-down situations. West Virginia just has not been able to capitalize on that

Corey Coleman set the single-season school record for touchdowns, with his 14th and 15th touchdown catches in the first half. The record was previously set by Kendall Wright in 2011. Keep in mind that Baylor and Coleman still have six games left this regular season, plus at least one postseason game still to play.