Thursday's Texas football preview: Baylor at West Virginia

Blake Shapen is looking to lead Baylor to its first victory in Morgantown when the Bears visit West Virginia on Thursday.

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Baylor (3-2, 1-1) at West Virginia (2-3, 0-2)

When/where: 6 p.m. Thursday; Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, W.Va.

TV/radio: FS1, 1070 AM.

Baylor update: Baylor has never won in Morgantown in five tries. The Bears split their past two games, winning at Iowa State 31-24 for their best win of the season, and more recently suffering a double-digit defeat to Oklahoma State 36-25 despite Blake Shapen throwing for a career-high 345 yards. Baylor has an experienced defense with four six-year seniors and 12 defensive seniors on its two-deep roster. Richard Reese leads all NCAA freshman running backs with seven rushing touchdowns, totaling 400 yards gained. The Bears held each of their first four opponents to under 100 rushing yards.

WVU update: The Mountaineers count a win against in-state rival Virginia Tech (33-10) but have Big 12 losses to Texas (38-20) and Kansas (55-42). Ranking fourth in Big 12 for passing yards per game, WVU has eclipsed 30 points in four of its past five games, averaging 38.2 for the season. The team ranks 23rd nationally in fewest plays of allowing 10 yards or more. WVU is No. 15 in FBS in third-down conversions (.494) and No. 9 on fourth downs (.800). Bryce Ford-Wheaton is averaging seven receptions per game and tied for first nationally among Power 5 receivers in number of contested catches (10). Casey Legg is 8-for-8 on field-goal attempts.

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