THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: West Virginia rolling over Bears

Mountaineers wide receiver David Sills V (13) catches a touchdown pass and celebrates with West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Dominique Maiden (82) during the second quarter against the Baylor Bears at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports


Baylor’s first half at West Virginia couldn’t have gone much worse.

The Mountaineers missed a couple of scoring opportunities in the opening quarter, but still led 10-0 after 15 minutes. Then West Virginia found its rhythm on offense and Baylor got caught in an avalanche of points.

The Mountaineers erupted for 31 in the second quarter, including quarterback Will Grier throwing touchdown passes of 25 and 65 yards to David Sills and Grier and Martell Pettaway running for scores.

As a result, West Virginia leads 41-0 at the break. The Mountaineers have piled up 435 yards of total offense — more than Baylor was averaging giving up per game entering the Thursday night contest. And the West Virginia defense clamped down on the Bears, holding them to 87 yards of offense and keeping Baylor on its own end of the field for all but one play of the half.

Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 1 of 8 passes and threw three interceptions. That was bad enough, and then Brewer went to the locker room with an apparent injury in the second quarter.

Jalan McClendon replaced Brewer and connected on 3 of 5 passes for only 9 yards, but at least he didn’t give up any more turnovers.

So the big question of the second half: Can Baylor show any signs of life in the second half? And will West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen take his foot off the gas?