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WVU’s 27-21 double overtime victory over Baylor today was not a game the team would have won in 2019. After the first half turnovers occurred, the then inexperienced Mountaineers would have buckled under the pressure. Time and time again last season, WVU had opportunities to win games in the fourth quarter, but failed.

Today, they were able to overcome and finally put a close game into the win column. Their misfortunes of late game collapses was finally snapped. While there were certainly several lucky bounces for the Mountaineers today, the team finally displayed their growth. They showed the world that their “Climb” has officially begun.

Adversity is something every team in the nation will face. How a team faces that adversity is proof of where they are as a squad. The fact that WVU had so many miscues – the interceptions, the fumble, and the muffed punt – and were still able to find a ways to win, it showed the team is far ahead of their youth.

The Big 12 is a wild conference. The Mountaineers will have virtually every late game situation thrown at them over the course of the last seven games of the season. This Baylor victory can be used as a platform for continuing late game success moving forward. It wasn’t always pretty, a lot of things went bad, but they did what was most important of all and won.

The Climb took a step in the right direction today, and we have finally seen what a well-coached Neal Brown squad is all about.

Buckle up, everyone, the Mountaineers will only get better from here. Today will always serve as the official beginning to what Neal Brown is building in Morgantown.

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