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Baylor made a statement at home against a quality West Virginia team, dominating their way to a 24-point victory (that could have been a lot more).

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1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH F
WEST VIRGINIA (3-3, 0-3) 7 10 7 14 38
BAYLOR (6-0, 3-0) 17 10 21 14 62

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Waco, Texas - Attendance: 45,370

Post-Game Coverage from ODB:

Final Score: Russell, Coleman lead Baylor over West Virginia 62-38
Tweets of the Day: Baylor Summits West Virginia
INJURY UPDATE: Andrew Billings' ankle is NOT broken

Players of the Game:

QB Seth Russell -- 20/33 for 380 yards, 5 TDs / 14 carries for 160 yards, 1 TD
WR Corey Coleman -- 10 catches for 199 yards, 3 TDs

LB Taylor Young -- 9 tackles, 2 TFL
DT Andrew Billings -- 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack (check this out)

OMG, COREY COLEMAN Play of the Game:

Best Quotes of the Game:

I'm adding this section this week purely because of what the WVU DC said:

"It could have been 69," Tony Gibson said. "Thank goodness Coach Briles took a knee."

...

"If they let us play with 14 [defensive players], maybe we’d be able to get it done," Gibson said. "We had 11, and we didn’t. We weren’t good enough."

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"I’d be shocked if we’re not talking about them in December with the playoff and eventually the national championship," Gibson said. "I don’t get to watch a whole lot of college football because I’m coaching, but I watch a lot of film and I haven’t seen anybody do the things they do." -

Gibson was following the lead of his Head Coach, who said the following:

"They're the No. 2 team in the country. It's the best team I've seen -- ever."

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"No. 1 is the best player in college football. You can put me on the record for that. Corey Coleman is the best player in college football."

Briles also had a pretty good one about Seth:

He's really playing well for us and that's the most encouraging thing. We're getting to know him better and he's getting to know us better. I'm having a hard time finding faults. He's pretty complete."

High praise from a man who has seen a few good QBs in his time.

5 More Thoughts:

  1. Can we put to bed the question of whether the Brileses would run Seth enough if it was necessary? When the RBs couldn't get on track because of WVU's disruption inside, Seth had 14 carries for 160 yards and 1 TD.  More than anything else, THAT is the biggest difference between this season and 2014, and it will pay dividends in future games as teams watch this film and realize they can't load up inside anymore.  It's an incredible threat to have.
  2. Corey Coleman may be the best receiver to ever come through Baylor University.  What he did on those two plays, juking WVU players without even being touched, showed the unreal athleticism that makes him so great.  And at the same time, he has a Fournette-esque edge where he is motivated by an absolute desire to punish opponents for even thinking they could stop him.
  3. I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again: the second half yesterday was basically Baylor at its finest, with both sides of the ball operating together to put pressure on opponents until they break.  The offense scores so quickly and efficiently that the defense doesn't need to be all that good, but if it can get the ball back, the whole thing gains momentum.  Teams can't run anymore or chew the clock because they know that as soon as Baylor gets it back, we're scoring, and it plays directly into what we want.
  4. That being said, I thought it was really interesting that Baylor never got the tempo offense going yesterday in a real way.  We were able to score a lot of points, obviously, but it wasn't tempo-driven like we've seen it before.  Most of that was due to WVU's efforts on third downs, where Baylor struggled overall.  Someone is going to try to copy that WVU blueprint for our offense, but I don't know who will actually be able to make it work.
  5. Even with the way we played, Oklahoma clearly had the most impressive performance yesterday in absolutely obliterating Kansas State 55-0.  That was a huge bounce-back win for OU, which cannot be taken lightly going forward.  We get them at home in the Friendly Confines, but TCU has to go to Norman, and that's not going to be easy by any stretch.

Mark Seymour's Top 10

Similar for the most part because almost everyone won (except for the teams playing other Top 10) teams.  Starting with my top 4, which is unchanged.

Finishing out the Top 10 in some order:

LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS:

No. 2 Baylor Rolls to 62-38 Win Over WVU - Baylor Official Athletic Site
Corey Coleman caught three more touchdowns and second-ranked Baylor won its FBS-best 19th consecutive home game with a 62-38 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

West Virginia coach: We could maybe stop Baylor with 14 players on defense - SBNation.com
The Bears' offense is so unfair that opponents need 27 percent more players to have a chance.

LSU is scary and unhinged, like the best Les Miles teams should be - SBNation.com
WHAT PERSON ON YOUR OFFENSE IS NOT A WARLOCK OR ESCAPEE FROM A GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENT GONE WRONG BUT YET ALSO SO VERY RIGHT?

Everything to know about Michigan State beating Michigan with an all-time bonkers ending - SBNation.com
Good morning! This is your wakeup roundup of college football stuff. There's way more in here than just MSU's win!

Baylor blows past West Virginia in college football's newest, POINTS-iest rivalry. - SBNation.com
Baylor and West Virginia combined for 100 points Saturday for the third time in four tries. Each team has won twice. This should be a RIVALRY.

Charleston Gazette-Mail | Baylor overpowers WVU 62-38
"If they let us play with 14 [defensive players], maybe we’d be able to get it done," Gibson said. "We had 11, and we didn’t. We weren’t good enough."

No. 2 Baylor makes statement with home blowout of West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Against one of the Big 12's better defenses, the Bears cranked out 389 yards passing and 304 rushing in an easy victory.

Not-so hidden talent - WacoTrib.com: C
Seth Russell delivered a game for the ages and Corey Coleman is enjoying a season for the ages.

Baylor notebook: Coleman catches BU history; Russell gives RG3 company; few penalties; Billings injury - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
It was once suggested that all former NFL great Cris Carter did was catch touchdowns. For Baylor, Corey Coleman does that — and then some.

Brice Cherry: Baylor’s scary display of flexibility - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Whether Baylor elbows its way into the No. 1 spot in college football’s polls depends on the fickle whims of the nation’s coaches and sportswriters.

Mandel's Heisman Top 5: Baylor, Stanford add new faces to race | FOX Sports
Bears WR Corey Coleman and Cardinal RB Christian McCaffrey burst onto scene in Week 7

Feldman's Top 10: Alabama's back but where do the Tide land? (VIDEO) | FOX Sports
Taking down Texas A&M puts Nick Saban's squad back in Top 10 but are the Crimson Tide playoff material after Week 7?

TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS:

Have a great Sunday, everybody!