WACO, Texas — WVU football fans have seen two sides — good and bad — of Charlie Brewer’s game.
Baylor’s junior quarterback nearly led the Bears to a come-from-behind victory as a true freshman in 2017, entering the game as a backup and nearly eliminating all of a 25-point deficit.
The most recent meeting between the two programs, though, is one Brewer most likely wants to forget. The Texas native completed just one of his eight passes and threw three interceptions before he was benched in a 58-14 Mountaineer victory at Milan Puskar Stadium.
That game was a low point in Brewer’s career, but things have gone drastically better since.
The Bears enter their Thursday night clash with the Mountaineers boasting a 7-0 record — the lone remaining unbeaten in the Big 12 and the team with the most straightforward path to the Big 12 championship game.
“I think it all starts for them with quarterback Charlie Brewer,” WVU coach Neal Brown said. “Tough, a winner. I think the team really plays with his personality.”
Brown thinks Brewer has learned from the knocks he has taken over the previous two seasons. The Bears only won once during his freshman campaign.
But Brewer is a perfect 9-0 in his last nine starts dating back to a Nov. 24, 2018 victory over Texas Tech. He’s led the way to Baylor’s unbeaten start this season by recording 18 total touchdowns and throwing just three interceptions — all of them in one game.
His two most recent outings showcased that toughness that stands out to Brown. He helped the Bears survive in double overtime against Texas Tech, before throwing for 312 yards and recording two scores in a comeback win at Oklahoma State.
“He’s played at a really high level, and he’s played at a high level in some of their biggest games,” Brown said.
West Virginia’s head coach knows Brewer quite well. Though he never coached Baylor’s starter, he recruited his older brother, Michael, while he was the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech.
Brown said the brothers look a lot alike, but their similarities don’t stop there.
“I think they’re both mobile. They’ve got really quick releases,” Brown said. “Their throwing styles are really similar. They both have won a tremendous amount of games.”
But Brewer is still winless in his career against WVU, and while a trio of Big 12 upsets last weekend left the Bears alone at the top of the league, the Mountaineers still hope they can pull off an upset of their own Thursday night and halt their three-game losing streak.
“Really, the Big 12 Conference is kind of a wild card every week. You never know what you’re gonna get out of a team, and obviously anybody can beat anybody,” said senior offensive lineman Colton McKivitz. “We may be 3-4, but it doesn’t matter what week it is. You can win.”