Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU FOOTBALL ; WVU Notches 10-2 Regular Season

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU FOOTBALL ; WVU Notches 10-2 Regular Season

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MORGANTOWN - One needed just one word to sum up much of Saturday's regular-season finale at Mountaineer Field. Gross.

No. 14 West Virginia sputtered for just about all of the first half until a tantalizing touchdown reception by Daikiel Shorts classed up the offense, and safety Marvin Gross made one of his string of game-changing plays to set up a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Mountaineers defeated Baylor 24-21.

"I guess it's fitting that in a year when we battle and fight and get 10 wins, we get to it the hardest way possible, said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen.

A crowd of 49,229 witnessed WVU clinch just the ninth 10-win season in 125 years of football, and it loudly cheered quarterback Skyler Howard and his family during a pregame ceremony honoring him and the 20 other seniors on the roster.

Howard said after last week's win against Iowa State that Senior Day was "another opportunity to get booed, with my mom, and his play against the Bears at times dared detractors to stay quiet.

He completed 5 of 15 passes for 30 yards in the first half, but a touchdown pass to sophomore Gary Jennings, playing more than normal because starting receiver Ka'Raun White is out for the season with a broken leg, more than doubled Howard's passing yardage.

On third-and-6 at the WVU 42-yard line, Jennings angled into some space behind the Baylor linebackers and in front of the defensive backs. …

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