"I'm not a trainer, I'm not a doctor, but I went out there and gave it my all and I'm proud of myself for that," he said. "I'm not going to make excuses for anything. I didn't execute the way I needed to to win the game."
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SAFETY DARWIN COOK was nearly the first WVU player ejected for targeting.
He was flagged for the rule new this season when he tackled Antwan Goodley on the sideline and went helmet-to-helmet at the end of a 42-yard gain in the second quarter. Cook was tossed out of the game, though only briefly. The ejection was overturned on a review.
"I never put my head down," Cook said. "I always tackle with my face. I knew it wasn't targeting, but I thought they were going to kick me out."
Redshirt freshman Adam Pankey wasn't as fortunate in the fourth quarter. Pankey, a left tackle playing his second career game, was ejected for targeting a defenseless Baylor player late in the game. He'll miss WVU's Oct. 19 home game against Texas Tech.
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THE MOUNTAINEERS started the season games on six consecutive Saturdays. Baylor had only played three games before Saturday and just one in the previous 27 days. WVU is off this weekend.
"We need to regroup," Holgorsen said. "We've been going hard 10 straight weeks. That was a much fresher football team than us. That was very evident. They were fresher and faster. It was very apparent to me. We need some down time.
"That said, we need some practice time to get better. Do you keep grinding them in hopes they get better or do you give them time to regroup? We'll do a little of both."
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No. 20 Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0) plays host to Iowa State on Saturday. If the Red Raiders win, they'll be 6-0 and perhaps a top-15 team. That would be WVU's fourth ranked opponent this season - each in Big 12 play - and fifth unbeaten opponent.
"We're a mentally tough team," Trickett said. "We got beat pretty bad by Maryland and we came back the next week and beat Oklahoma State. I'm not worried about that."
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WVU never made Baylor punt and the Bears still haven't had a three-and-out all season. The Mountaineers had seven opportunities to force one, but Baylor picked up the first down every time. Four of the conversions came on pass plays covering 30, 36 and 42 yards and one run play that went for 56 yards.
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