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Bohanon's Career Day Leads Baylor Past West Virginia

Tyquan Thornton caught eight passes for a career-best 187 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears

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Gerry Bohanon had career highs of 336 yards passing and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Tyquan Thornton on the second play of the game, while also scoring on a 1-yard sneak in Baylor's 45-20 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

Thornton caught eight passes for a career-best 187 yards and two TDs as the Bears scored on four of their first five possessions a week after starting with eight consecutive punts in a 24-14 loss to Oklahoma State that knocked Baylor out of the Top 25 right after getting in.

With the Bears (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) celebrating the 10th anniversary of Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy season by showing frequent highlights, Bohanon was 18 of 29 with no interceptions, giving the fourth-year junior 183 career attempts without a pick.

Jarret Doege was sacked six times, and the Mountaineers (2-4, 0-3) again couldn't get the Big 12's worst run game going. West Virginia, which had 90 mostly empty yards rushing, has lost its first three conference games for the second time since joining the league in 2012.

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Thornton caught Bohanon's first pass 7 yards from the line of scrimmage, split the defense and ran untouched on a play that was 3 yards shy of the longest of the senior's career.

The Mountaineers needed just 1:38 to get even when Sean Ryan caught a 12-yard pass from Doege that was tipped by Baylor safety Christian Morgan.

Doege was 24 of 37 for 272 yards with a touchdown and was replaced with the game out of reach by Garrett Greene, who had a 13-yard scoring run late.

Baylor scored the next 21 points, including a delayed TD signal on Bohanon's sneak, a score set up by Jalen Pitre's interception at the West Virginia 48.

THE TAKEAWAY
West Virginia: The Mountaineers went into the game among the national leaders in tackles for loss and sacks. Instead, Baylor dominated in getting to the quarterback. The Bears had six sacks and seven tackles for loss. West Virginia didn't sack Bohanon and finished with three tackles for loss, six off their average.

Baylor: The Bears didn't need to re-establish the No. 2 rushing offense in the Big 12 after getting held to 107 yards on the ground against Oklahoma State. The passing game took over early. Bohanon and Thornton connected for 44 yards not long after the early TD, and a 58-yard completion to Drew Estrada set up Thornton's second TD. Abram Smith had a punctuating 31-yard TD run in the third quarter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS
The Bears were fourth among teams receiving votes in The Associated Press poll. This was an impressive victory after four of the previous five meetings with West Virginia were decided by six points or less. It might be enough to get back Baylor back in.

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES
Besides the looks back at Baylor's only Heisman winner in Griffin from 2011, Baylor also honored its NCAA champion men's basketball team at halftime. The band carried a giant cutout of coach Scott Drew's head, and the players hoisted the trophy to cheers from the crowd.

UP NEXT
West Virginia: After an open week, the Mountaineers make a second consecutive trip to Texas to face TCU on Oct. 23.

Baylor: A rare midseason three-game homestand continues against future Big 12 opponent BYU next Saturday.

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