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Just when all hope seemed lost, the Mountaineers came back with a vengeance. In thrilling fashion on Thursday night, West Virginia defeated the Baylor Bears on a late Casey Legg field goal, 43-40.
Casey Legg's kick is GOOD 🙌@WVUfootball takes a 3-point lead with 33 seconds left on the clock pic.twitter.com/GOxFHstlYQ
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With many rumors swirling prior to the game regarding Neal Brown’s job security, this was certainly much needed for the former Troy head coach. Of course this obviously cools down his seat – but by how much?
I’ll rate his seat status on a 0 to 10 scale (0 being ice cold, 10 being HOT). I’m going to give Neal Brown a 6 for right now. He’s not necessarily back in the good for the fans, but he’s not as down bad as he has been. The win puts him on the right track to turn this season around.
If we’re being honest, you really can’t argue that either. Baylor was the defending Big 12 champion. They are evidently not as good as they were last year, yes. However, they still came into the contest with that esteemed title. So for Neal Brown to capture this win, it means a lot.
With that said, Brown is still only 20-21 overall and 12-17 in the Big 12 Conference since taking over as the head coach of the Mountaineers. In addition, he still lacks a big, program-defining win during his tenure. So far, he’s won what he should have won and not much more than that.
A big indicator of his seat temperature will come next week when WVU plays Texas Tech. The Mountaineers have yet to beat the Red Raiders under Brown. Should West Virginia notch the win, then we are on an even better track than right now.
But if they lose, the team would move to 3-4 with a daunting remaining schedule on the horizon.
West Virginia and Texas Tech kickoff at 3 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas. The game will be televised on either Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2.
3:00 PM ET on FS1 or FS2 pic.twitter.com/OPHUj4oT5o
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