WACO, Texas – Baylor coach Art Briles started talking Monday about the significance of the fourth-ranked Bears' wild comeback victory over TCU.
Never once did he mention the playoff hopes for the Big 12's only undefeated team.
"First of all, we got bowl-eligible and secondly, it keeps us in the competition for a Big 12 championship," Briles said. "From that standpoint, it's a momentum win. The way that we are looking at this week is to ride the momentum six more days. ... So we will take advantage of riding the high for five or six days. You can do that, but you can't stay that way for an extended period of time. That's what our plan is going to be this week going into West Virginia."
The defending Big 12 champion Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) are going from wining the highest-scoring game ever between two Top 10 teams to their first trip to West Virginia since a 70-63 loss there two years ago that's the highest-scoring game in league history. Then, they'll get a break with an open date.
Baylor overcame a 21-point deficit in the final 11 minutes Saturday to beat TCU 61-58 when Chris Callahan hit a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the game.
One thing Briles had no interest in discussing Monday was TCU coach Gary Patterson's claim during the postgame news conference that an unnamed Baylor player "kind of threaten me on the field after the ball game."
During his weekly news conference on the Waco campus, Briles quickly responded to a question about the incident while the reporter was still asking.
"I've dealt with it, I won't comment on that," Briles said. "No comment. Let's beat West Virginia. That's kind of what's important in our world right now."
On the Big 12 teleconference earlier Monday, Briles said he hadn't spoken to Patterson about the allegation "because the case has already been looked at and closed." When asked then if had spoken to his player, Briles responded, "That's a team issue."
Patterson said during his segment on the Big 12 call that he wasn't talking about that any longer.
"I stated my case, there's video on it, and I'll go about my business," Patterson said.
West Virginia (4-2, 2-1) also is coming off a big fourth-quarter comeback at Texas Tech that ended with a field goal as time expired Saturday. The Mountaineers trailed 14 points in the fourth quarter, and with the win, have already matched their 2013 victory total.
The Bears were down 58-37 after Bryce Petty threw an interception that was returned by TCU for a touchdown with 11:38 left.
Devin Chafin scored on a 7-yard run before Petty threw the last two of his career-high six TD passes. Petty finished 28-of-55 passing for a career-best 510 yards and the Bears had 782 total yards, second only to their record 872 against West Virginia last season in a 73-42 win at home.
"The thing that is a little ironic, I talked to Bryce a little while ago, is that he isn't happy or satisfied," Briles said. "He knows that we as a football team left a lot of plays on the table. We can play a whole lot better on both sides of the ball and special teams. He's a guy who has a lot of experience, seen a lot of things and won us games.
"The expectation levels for him are up there pretty high, but at the end of the day it is all about winning."