WACO, Texas -- To understand how badly everything went for West Virginia Saturday night and how quickly the Mountaineers were fated to their eventual outcome, first remember the good times.
In the first five games this season, WVU's defense, which is legitimately better than it was last season and entered the game ranked No. 37 nationally, allowed 309, 435, 220, 330 and 433 yards.
In one quarter before a crowd of 45,467 at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor managed 369 yards. No other team in all of college football had more yards in any quarter in the past 10 years.
And that wasn't the worst part for the Mountaineers. No, the true torture was that it happened in the first quarter.
Baylor barnstormed WVU with a 28-point opening quarter and eight touchdowns on nine drives in the first half. The Bears cruised, though at a high velocity, to a 73-42 win on Fox Sports 1.
"We didn't put our best foot forward, and I'm not happy about that," Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "Any time you lose it's frustrating, but the thing about it is -- and I think the guys understand this -- it counts as one loss.
Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had played just once in the previous 27 days. The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) have their first open weekend this Saturday.
"We need to regroup," Holgorsen said. "We've been going hard for 10 straight weeks. That was a fresher football team than us. It was very apparent to me."
Baylor led 56-14 at halftime and had scored more points than the Mountaineers had allowed in any half since at least World War II. In the end, the point total was the second-highest ever against WVU and the highest in 109 years.
Michigan beat the Mountaineers 130-0 in 1904 and Washington & Lee beat WVU 72-0 in 1891, that being the first game in WVU history.
The Mountaineers allowed a modern school-record 10 touchdowns and 864 yards of offense. The school records by an opponent belonged to Baylor, which had nine touchdowns and 700 yards in last season's 70-63 loss at Mountaineer Field.
Baylor's first-team offense was out of the game by the start of the third quarter, but it did its damage. Again. Those players have only played in 37 possessions in four games, but have 31 touchdowns.
By contrast, the Mountaineers have 18 touchdowns by all units in all quarters.
WVU had seven chances to give Baylor's offense its first three-and-out of the season, but allowed seven conversions -- three on pass plays covering 30, 36 and 42 yards and one on a 56-yard run on third-and-10.
That run on the final play of the third quarter set the yardage record against WVU. Baylor broke the school record of 781 yards -- set two games ago and matched in the last game -- with a 36-yard pass with six minutes left to play.
WVU managed 394 yards of offense. Clint Trickett started again for WVU but was 9-for-28 for 166 yards. Paul Millard played on random snaps in the first half before taking over in the second half. He was 8-for-13 for 115 yards and touchdowns to Kevin White and Ronald Carswell in an eventful fourth quarter.