Stedman Bailey: West Virginia WR Has Performance of a Lifetime in 70-63 Shootout

Steven GerwelContributor IIISeptember 29, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Stedman Bailey #3 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a forty seven yard touchdown pass in the first half against K.J. Morton #8 of the Baylor Bears  during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Last season, Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III turned Baylor into an offensive juggernaut capable of lighting up the scoreboard. 

Griffin is now in the NFL, but during Baylor's matchup against West Virginia, it was as if his spirit was still embedded into atmosphere as the two teams managed to produce a combined 133 points.  

Although, while Baylor was impressive during their 70-63 loss to West Virginia, it was actually one of the Mountaineers who stole the show—wide receiver Stedman Bailey. 

As a freshman in 2010, Bailey picked up 317 yards and four touchdowns on the season. But against Baylor, he was able to practically exceed his entire 2010 numbers in just one afternoon as he picked up 303 yards and five touchdowns. 

In 2011, Bailey had a solid 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns, so it's not as if he came out of nowhere. But still, his 303-yard performance was simply remarkable. 

In the first quarter, Bailey had a modest three catches for 18 yards. The two teams were tied 14-14 entering the second quarter, and that's when Bailey came to life. 

In the second quarter alone, Bailey put up 75 yards and three touchdowns, which helped his team exit the first half tied with Baylor 35-35. And while Bailey certainly paid his dues in the first half, he didn't fade away as the game entered the third quarter. 

In the second half of the game, Bailey had 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which helped his team exit with a 70-63 victory over Baylor. 

And while it was a career performance for Bailey and a day he'll remember for the rest of his life, he wasn't the only offensive monster for West Virginia. 

Quarterback Geno Smith was 45-for-51 with 656 yards and eight touchdowns, while fellow wide receivers Tavon Austin and J.D. Woods combined for 329 yards and three touchdowns. 

Overall, it was a solid offensive effort for the entire West Virginia team, but in the end, Stedman Bailey was the player of the game.