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  • MORGANTOWN Marcus Cooper Jersey , W.Va. (AP) — Charlie Brewer is a pain to contain.Brewer almost pulled off a miracle comeback as a freshman against the Mountaineers (5-1, 3-1 Big 12), who are hoping for anything but a repeat when they host the Bears (4-3, 2-2) on Thursday night.Last year Brewer replaced Zach Smith at the start of the fourth quarter against West Virginia with Baylor down 38-13. He rushed for 48 yards and threw two touchdown passes. But with 17 seconds left, Brewer was sacked on a two-point conversion attempt and the Mountaineers escaped with a 38-36 win .“Brewer creates so many different things for them,” said West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. “If you’re covering guys downfield, he’s going to take off on you. He will keep plays alive, and we have to be careful that we’re not coming off guys too early , because he can still throw it. He’s dangerous.”Brewer also came up a bit short two weeks ago when he drove Baylor to the Texas 17 with the final seconds ticking down. He rushed his final three passes under intense pressure and the sixth-ranked Longhorns held on to win 23-17.But he’s been on the winning end of last-minute drives, too, taking the Bears the length of the field before getting a 29-yard field goal with eight seconds left to beat Kansas State 37-34 on Oct. 6.West Virginia is still smarting from its failure to corral Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy and running back David Montgomery two weeks ago. Gibson said he counted 31 missed tackles in the 30-14 loss .Iowa State ran the ball 47 times and averaged 5.2 yards per attempt to keep West Virginia’s potent offense on the sidelines. Baylor coach Matt Rhule isn’t sure if the Bears can match that.“In my old life, I would have lined up and tried to run the ball every play,” he said. “That’s just not really who we are. We’re a little more spread and tempo. I owe it to our players to let them go play the way we play best. But it’d be great if we could keep them off the field.”Here’s some other things to know when the Mountaineers and Bears meet:SECOND-HALF BLUESWest Virginia’s offense has been terrible after halftime in three of its four Big 12 contests, getting shut out at Iowa State and Texas Tech and failing to score over the final 22 minutes against Kansas State.CHARLIE AND THE QB FACTORYBrewer attended the same high school in Austin, Texas, as 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. Brewer comes from a family of quarterbacks. His grandfather Womens Bryce Callahan Jersey , father and uncle played at Texas, and older brother Michael Brewer played at Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.IN LAW ‘EERSBaylor running backs coach Jeff Nixon was a running back at West Virginia in 1993 and 1994 before transferring to Penn State, where Rhule also played linebacker. Rhule said he grew up a fan of the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pittsburgh.The connection to West Virginia didn’t end there.“Then, I married my lovely wife Julie whose parents are both Mountaineers,” Rhule said.LACK OF TURNOVERSBaylor’s defense has forced just six turnovers all season and Rhule believes getting some against West Virginia could make a difference.“This is a dynamic offense,” he said. “We have to try to create some negative plays. I think our defense is definitely improving, but we have got to create some turnovers and get to the quarterback if we want to come out with a win.”PITTS STATUSWest Virginia cornerback Derek Pitts returned a blocked field goal for a TD at Iowa State but injured a knee later in the game. Coach Dana Holgorsen had no timetable for his return. If we were in the clickbait business, we could write something like “Aaron Rodgers casts doubt on new coach’s offense.”Instead Josh Bellamy Jersey , we’d simply point out that between installing a new offensive system (and perhaps a lack of preseason playing time with his teammates in it), Rodgers simply doesn’t know exactly what to expect in Thursday’s opener against the Bears.“I think everybody needs to understand this is going to be the first iteration of our offense, and because it’s a new scheme and there are new pieces, this is going to grow from this point,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of “I’m excited about the stuff we have in and the stuff we’ve been working on in camp. There’s going to be even more. I think that’s the exciting part. I like the foundational start for this offense. I think it could be tough to stop because of the stress it puts on defense with their eye control and pattern-reading and reading the alignments. But we have a lot of room to grow from what we put on the field on Thursday.”It will take time for Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur to learn each other’s preferences and tendencies, and that will evolve as they’re on the fly this year (and for years to come, unless bad things happen).LaFleur himself admitted as much Sunday , saying: “I’ll have a better answer for you here in a couple weeks about where I think we are.”It’s worth mentioning again, because it’s so unusual, that this will be Rodgers’ first season opener without Mike McCarthy in his ear. That’s enough difference, but there are things Rodgers will be asked to do in this system that weren’t a part of his former challenge, from more pre-snap motions, different formations, and play-action.“We’re throwing new things at them with personnel groupings and motions and alignments and movement and adjustments that they haven’t seen from us,” Rodgers said. “So I’m excited for the opportunity. I’m obviously really hopeful that we’re going to go out and play really well Womens Sherrick McManis Jersey , but I do really feel like this is just the beginning for this offense and there will be a lot of room to grow regardless of our performance on Thursday. Which, for myself and our squad, I expect us to play really well. But I think there’s going to be a lot of room for growth within the scheme as we go on in the season.”And if the Packers offense isn’t up to speed Thursday, we can always come back with, “Five reasons to panic about the offense in Green Bay, the answers will shock you.”