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No Respect

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Devin Jones, MORGANTOWN -

The Mountaineers knocked off the nationally ranked Cowboys last Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.

After coming off a shutout loss to Maryland, the win against Oklahoma State was much needed. According to redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Myers, the win was crucial.

"That was a big win for us as a team," said Myers. "We needed that after losing to Maryland."

A noticeable difference on the field against the Cowboys was energy level. The intensity and urgency shown by the Mountaineers goes back to working hard in practice every day, says Dreamius Smith.

"We come in every day and work hard," said Smith. "That effort paid off on Saturday."

Despite shocking the nation by upsetting Oklahoma State, the Mountaineers enter Waco this weekend against Baylor as 28-point underdogs. The Bears had an extra week to prepare for West Virginia, as they were idle last week. The Baylor offense has been putting up video games stats so far this season, compiling 2, 254 yards of offense and 209 points. The Bears' defense also has been on a roll, allowing only 23 points in three games.

The statistics are impressive, but some would argue Baylor has yet to play a tough opponent. In three games this season, the Bears have played Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana- Monroe.  West Virginia perhaps may be their first true test of the season.

The Mountaineers are out to upset the Baylor Bears, and prove once again that they belong in the Big 12. According to K.J Myers, he likes being the underdog.

"We still aren't respected," said Myers. "We're just gonna show the world what we can do."

Slowing down the Baylor offense is key to coming out of Waco with a win. Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson says the Bears look like their playing basketball.

"It's like they're playing basketball on grass," said Patterson.

The Bears offense is averaging nearly 70 points a game. In the game last season against the Mountaineers in Morgantown, they managed to put 63 on the board. The West Virginia defense is looking for a different result this season. By different, linebacker Jared Barber hopes he and his teammates can hold the Bears scoreless.

"We don't care how many points they've scored so far," said Barber. "We go into every week looking for a shutout, and that's what we hope to get Saturday."

On offense, the team hopes to get better as a unit. A big catch by sophomore receiver Jordan Thompson last week helped seal the victory for the Mountaineers. Clint Trickett had a solid first start in leading the offense, throwing for 309 yards and one touchdown.

A big part of the offense getting better is repetition. According to Thompson, he hopes the extra reps will help his relationship with Clint.

"Every rep is going to help build our relationship as receiver and quarterback," said Thompson."

Going into Baylor is not an easy task. The Bears are 25-10 under Coach Art Briles at home. The Mountaineers will have to take care of the ball and play a sound game to escape Waco with a win.

The Mountaineers would love nothing more than to get a win against undefeated Baylor. Safety Karl Joseph says that this game could be big going forward.

"This would be a huge win for our team," said Joseph. "Not only would it be a conference win, but it would be huge for our confidence."

West Virginia and Baylor will battle under the lights on Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.

 

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