Mathis runs for 163, Legg’s FG lifts West Virginia above Baylor
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Tony Mathis rushed for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns and Casey Legg threw a 22-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to take West Virginia to a 43-40 win over Baylor on Thursday night.
Mathis won in the absence of top West Virginia rusher CJ Donaldson, who was ruled out of the game after going into concussion protocol in a loss at Texas on Oct. 1.
Mathis scored on a 34-yard run with 7:05 left and set the game-winning field goal with a 37-yard run to the Baylor 8. He surpassed his previous record of 118 yards against Kansas last year. West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) has rushed for 217 yards.
Baylor had one last chance from their 23-yard line. But backup quarterback Kyron Drones threw two misses and was tackled near midfield on a rush as time ticked away.
Defending Big 12 champion Baylor (3-3, 2-2) lost its second straight game despite racking up 590 yards.
The Bears lost starting quarterback Blake Shapen in the third quarter when he slipped late on a run and took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Andrew Wilson-Lamp of West Virginia. Wilson-Lamp was flagged for targeting. The appeal was upheld after review and Wilson-Lamp was ejected. Shapen left the field, went to a medical tent to be evaluated and did not return.
Shapen completed 14 of 22 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns.
Drones replaced Shapen and led Baylor on two touchdowns. After Qualan Jones scored on a 2-yard run with 13:39 left, West Virginia’s Dante Stills blocked the extra kick, teammate Jacolby Spells recovered the loose ball and raced downfield to give two points to the Mountaineers. Baylor was still leading at that time 37-33.
After Mathis’ long run of goals, Baylor squandered several TD chances.
West Virginia safety Aubrey Burks intercepted Drones at West Virginia 19. Dillon Doyle got the ball back for the Bears with an interception from JT Daniels at West Virginia 26 with 3:12 remaining. But Baylor had to settle for John Mayers’ 44-yard field goal with 1:40 to go to tie the game at 40, setting up the Mountaineers’ winning run.
Baylor: The Bears now find themselves in the middle of the league standings with half the season remaining.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 at home against Baylor and earned a well-deserved win as they could be underdogs in all remaining games in a bid to become bowl eligible.
Baylor hosts No. 19 Kansas on Oct. 22.
West Virginia plays at Texas Tech on October 22.
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