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9.30.2012 Daily Bears Report: Moving On

Everything I can find this Sunday morning about the game yesterday in Morgantown and how Baylor moves on, regroups on defense, and continues to improve.

Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

(3-1, 0-1) Rank: 25/24
14 21 7 21 63
14 21 21 14 70

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Morgantown, W.Va. • Attendance: 60,012

(4-0, 1-0) Rank: 9/7

WVU 70, Baylor 63 : Post-Game | Thoughts | Recap | Box Score | Highlights | Game Notes | Quotes

Yesterday was probably a much wilder day in college football than anyone expected beginning with the shootout in Morgantown and ending with Mike Leach's Washington State squad pushing Oregon in the first half before the Ducks put the game away. FSU had a scare at the hands of USF, TCU struggled on offense at SMU in a monsoon, and Texas apparently triumphed over a powerhouse Okie State team they were supposed to beat anyway, somehow justifying everything said about David Ash today. It was a wild weekend, to say the last.

With the offensive fireworks yesterday and the resulting acclaim for WVU's Geno Smith, every news outlet on Earth seems to have written something about the game. Here's the best of what I've found, beginning with the coverage from our own SB Nation sites.

WVU Wins Big 12 Debut; Beats Baylor 70-63 In Shootout Fashion - The Smoking Musket
It was like the Alamo Bowl, only more Orange Bowl-like

Geno Smith, West Virginia outlast Baylor in historic Big 12 shootout | Campus Union
There’s a strong temptation right about now, with the Milan Puskar Stadium scoreboard still sparking and heaving from West Virginia’s 70-63 win over Baylor, to just start listing broken records. But we promise to curate carefully. So many records were snapped that to behold them all at once is to risk desensitization.

West Virginia vs. Baylor 2012 highlights: Highest scoring football game in Big 12 history -
Geno Smith of the West Virginia Mountaineers outpaced Nick Florence of the Baylor Bears in a 70-63 track meet in the highest scoring Big 12 football game ever.

Baylor vs. West Virginia final score: Geno Smith powers record-breaking win -
West Virginia defeated Baylor in an offensive slugfest that featured a combined 126 points and nearly 1,500 total yards.

Pass-catch records not as sweet in defeat |
Baylor’s Nick Florence and Terrance Williams tried to enjoy their record-breaking performances. It’s not every day that you shatter records set by two of the all-time greats in Baylor history, All-America quarterback Robert Griffin III and receiver Kendall Wright. But after losing a 70-63 thriller to No. 9 West Virginia, they couldn’t get past the pain of the No. 25 Bears’ first loss of the season Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Baylor Notebook: Scoring frenzy almost record |
Baylor and West Virginia came close to having the most prolific offensive shootout in college football history.

9 touchdowns not enough for #25 Baylor in shootout loss to #9 West Virginia, 70-63 |
There’s no truth to the rumor that Washington Redskins rookie sensation Robert Griffin III is moonlighting as West Virginia’s quarterback on Saturdays.

After 8 Touchdowns, West Virginia’s Smith Is His Only Critic -
West Virginia’s Geno Smith made this season’s first bid for the Heisman Trophy, completing 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Quick Hits: West Virginia 70, Baylor 63 -
Instant analysis of the Mountaineers' record-breaking win over the Bears.

Overheard: Baylor has its way with ‘wide-eyed’ secondary in first half, but Geno Smith leads Mountaineers to victory | College Sports Blog

No. 25 Baylor falls to No. 9 West Virginia 70-63 - NCAA -
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Nick Florence record's effort came up one touchdown short against No. 9 West Virginia.

Weekend Sports Recap: Football | The Baylor Lariat
After just one play from scrimmage, the West Virginia defense intercepted senior quarterback Nick Florence’s pass over the middle. The ball hit junior inside receiver Tevin Reese in the hands, but landed in the hands of the Mountaineer secondary.

College Confidential: Baylor, West Virginia rewrite record books during conference opener
Baylor suffered its first loss of the season today to Big 12 newcomer West Virginia during an intense offensive battle. As West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and the Mountaineers made their way to a one-possession game over the Baylor Bears,...

Offensive shows in Big 12 and SEC - CBS News
Mountaineers' first game in the Big 12 turned out to be the highest-scoring game in the history of the conference