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West Virginia upsets No. 4 Baylor 41-27

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Defense, Trickett lead the way as Mountaineers improve to 3-1 in Big 12

MORGANTOWN, WV -- Clint Trickett passed for 322 yards and three touchdowns and Baylor had over 200 yards in penalties as West Virginia upset the fourth-ranked Bears 41-27 in Morgantown on Saturday.

Trickett completed 23 of 35 for his eighth straight 300-yard game going back to last season. Receiver Kevin White caught 8 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite losing starting cornerbacks Daryl Worley and Terrell Chestnut to injury in the first half, the West Virginia defense sacked Baylor's Bryce Petty four times, hurried him a dozen more, and limited the Bears to one touchdown after halftime. Baylor was just 3 of 16 on third downs.

Baylor entered the game as the nation's most prolific offense but was held to 318 yards, 305 below its average and the lowest total of the season. Petty finished the game 16 of 36 for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Baylor was penalized 18 times for a Big 12-record 215 yards. Seven were for pass interference.

The game did not start well for the Mountaineers, as Trickett fumbled on the third play from scrimmage to give Baylor the football at the WVU 7. It took Petty all of one play to find Corey Coleman in the end zone for a quick 7-0 Baylor lead.

West Viginia answered with a seven-play, 81-yard drive capped by a Trickett 36-yard touchdown pass to White.

After the teams exchanged punts, Baylor's Chris Callahan gave the Bears a 10-7 lead with a 38-yard field goal.

Trickett committed his second turnover of the opening quarter on the next drive when he threw behind White and into the waiting arms of Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard, who returned the pick to the WVU 37. The Mountaineers defense held Baylor to a field goal, however, limiting the damage.

The teams traded scores to open the second quarter, as Andrew Buie's one-yard run gave WVU a 14-13 lead, but Baylor responded with a 63-yard pass from Petty to Antwan Goodley as the Bears reclaimed the lead 20-14.

With starting tailback Rushel Shell injured, Dreamius Smith took charge for WVU and gained 30 yards on the next drive before scoring on a 9-yard run to make the score 21-20. A Josh Lambert 54-yard field goal ended the half with WVU in front 24-20.

Lambert extended the West Virginia lead to 27-20 early in the second half, but Baylor's Shock Linwood scored from a yard out to knot the game at 27-27.

Last week Baylor overcame a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter in a 61-58 win against TCU, but there would be no more scoring for the Bears on Saturday.

West Virginia went out in front 34-27 early in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard pass from Trickett to White. The nation's leading receiver, White broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season and extended his streak of 100-yard receiving games to six.

The Mountaineers added to their lead four minutes later on a 39-yard catch and run by Mario Alford.

Baylor failed to gain more than 18 yards on any of their next three possessions, before finally moving the ball to the WVU 10 with 3:00 remaining. A failed run, a sack by Shaquille Riddick and a pair of incomplete passes turned the ball over to West Virginia on downs. The Mountaineers ran out the clock to secure their first win over a top five opponent since beating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season.

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