Garrett Greene: The Heart Attack Quarterback

WACO,TX—-Apparently West Virginia quarterback Garrett Greene likes scoring touchdowns when there is a minute or less left on the clock. With 23 seconds remaining in the game, Greene threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to running back Jaheim White to defeat Baylor 34-31 at McLane Stadium Saturday night.  With 15 seconds left in the second quarter just before the half, Greene scrambled for an 11 yard touchdown.

Greene, who must have ice in his veins, perfectly executed the two minute offense by completing a pass of 26 yards to Kole Taylor and 19 yards to Preston Fox before the running touchdown to end the scoring before halftime. The Mountaineers took a 27-14 lead into the half. Baylor ‘s only scoring in the first half was two kickoff returns by Richard Reese, a 96 yard return and a 93 yard return. The last time the Mountaineers gave up two kickoff  returns in a game was 119 years ago against the Michigan Wolverines. Those two special team mistakes almost spelled doom for WVU before the last second heroics in the final seconds of the game.

White finished the game with a team best 133 yards on 17 attempts. He ran for a season high 204 yards last week. He now has 792 yards on just 97 attempts for an average of 8.2 par carry.

“This has been a team that has fought all year, ” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said after the game. “Garrett Greene is a winner, and I hope our fans appreciate him. He’s about all the right things.” he added.

WVU outgained Baylor 365 to 86 in the first half and had a 17 to 3 advantage in first downs. Also an unbelievable advantage of 207 to 35 in rushing yardage. If it wasn’t for the two kickoff returns for touchdowns the Mountaineers would have run off with the game early. But the costly mistakes kept the Bears in the game and gave them life in the second half. Baylor’s offense came alive and WVU’s offense went to sleep until the last minute of the game. It’s a mystery what happened to Greene and company as they got outscored 17-0 until the final winning touchdown.

Saturday night’s win over Baylor gave the Mountaineers eight wins for the season and nearly nine if Houston didn’t get the last second hail Mary pass earlier in the season. More importantly though WVU finished 6-3 in the conference in a three way tie with Iowa State and Kansas State for fourth place in the Big 12. WVU was predicted to finish 14th (dead last) at the beginning of the season. 

There’s no word on the extent of the injury to Fairmont native Zach Frazier. It was reported that he would probably miss the bowl game. Frazier basically saved ten seconds on the clock at the end of the game after being hurt by limping off the field when WVU was driving for the final touchdown. Greene mentioned Frazier’s unselfishness after the game.

It should also be noted how in state players Hudson Clement, Preston Fox, and Zach Frazier were instrumental in getting WVU to a winning record this season and played phenomenally throughout the season. We will talk more about our in state players in our next article.

After next week’s conference championship games, the Mountaineers will no doubt hear who they will face in a bowl game.

To Garrett Greene, my heart can’t take much more of those kind of games. In all seriousness, congratulations men. We are proud of how you fought through adversity this season and represented the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia.