BGN Players of the Game: Baylor

In the lowest recorded vote totals, punter Nick O'Toole - again - and receiver Kevin White earned Player of the Game honors in West Virginia's 73-42 loss at No. 17 Baylor.

O'Toole, in as solid a win as is possible with just 21 votes, took the defensive award for a game in which WVU never forced a punt and gave up touchdowns on eight of nine possessions in the first half to put the contest solidly out of reach. The lack of vote clearly indicates the fan base was, at the last, disenfranchised with the performance and likely would have preferred a "none of the above" option. O'Toole, to his credit, did

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Defensive Player of the Game
Nick O'Toole
7 punts, 43.7-yard average/2 TB, long of 59
flip the field well, punting seven times for a 43.7-yard average and a long of 59.

But it didn't seem to matter where Baylor started. The Bears racked up a school record 864 yards of offense in again exceeding the 70-point mark. Baylor led the NCAA in yardage per game at 750 entering, and somehow upped that average while tallying 28 points in both the first and second quarters and at one point scoring on consecutive offensive plays. Safeties Karl Joseph and Darwin Cook were also nominated for the award for a fumble recovery of O'Toole's punt that led to WVU's lone first half score and a 47-yard interception return for a score, respectively.

White had seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, although the vast majority of that came when the game was out of reach. West Virginia's offense sputtered throughout when the game was still in doubt, and managed just three third down conversions in 15 tries, and went one for five on fourth downs.

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Offensive Player of the Game
Kevin White
Seven catches, 130 yards/2 TD

Included in that was a huge Baylor stop on a fourth and two from midfield after WVU just missed breaking a screen for a major gain. The game snowballed from there, with Baylor hitting big play after big play, including scores of 80 and 47 yards on the way to a 56-14 edge at the break.

White's touchdowns covered 39 yards and a single yard and were essentially meaningless. But West Virginia's 28-point second half did show that it didn't totally quit on the game. White finished with an average of 18.7 yards per catch. Running back Charles Sims also received votes for his 19-carrry, 92-yard performance. He also had a 39-yard scoring run and continued to churn out yardage behind a still-struggling line.


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