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CFN Take: Baylor Takes Big 12 Title
Baylor Bears 2013 ...
Head Coach: Art Briles
at Baylor 30, Texas 10
| 2013 Record: 11-1|
8/31 Wofford W 69-3
9/7 Buffalo W 70-13
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/21 ULM W 70-7
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 West Virginia W 73-42
10/12 at Kansas State W 35-25
10/19 Iowa State W 71-7
10/26 at Kansas W 59-14
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/7 Oklahoma W 41-12
11/16 Texas Tech W 63-34
11/23 at Oklahoma St L 49-17
11/30 at TCU W 41-38
12/7 Texas L 30-10
Basically … Baylor won the outright Big 12 championship and is off to the Fiesta Bowl after outgaining Texas 508 yards to 217, breaking a 3-3 first half tie with two Bryce Petty touchdown passes, an 18-yard Glasco Martin touchdown run and two of Aaron Jones’ three field goals as part of a 27-3 second half run. Texas struggled all day long to keep the chains moving, only mustering a 42-yard Anthony Fera field goal in the second quarter and pulling within ten in the fourth on a two-yard Malcolm Brown touchdown catch.
- Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 21-of-27 passes for 287 yards and two scores, and he ran ten times for 24 yards.
- Texas RB Malcolm Brown ran 25 times for 131 yards and caught a team-leading four passes for 19 yards and a score.
- Baylor RB Glasco Martin ran 22 times for 102 yards and a score.
- Baylor converted 7-of-19 third down chances. Texas converted 2-of-17 third down chances.
Baylor 41, at TCU 38
Basically … Baylor’s offense wasn’t consistent, but the defense helped the cause with Orion Stewart taking a pick 82 yards for a touchdown late in the first half and with Eddie Lackey returning an interception for a touchdown early in the third quarter on the way to a 34-17 lead. TCU kept pressing with Casey Pachall running for a score and hitting Josh Doctson for a 16-yard touchdown pass to pull within three, but the Bears answered with a 33-yard Levi Norwood touchdown catch to hang on.
- Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 19-of-38 passes for 206 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran for a touchdown.
- TCU QB Casey Pachall completed 20-of-45 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns with three picks, and he ran six times for 21 yards and a score.
- Baylor committed 15 penalties for 140 yards, TCU committed three penalties for ten yards
- Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk ran 24 times for 94 yards
at Oklahoma State 49, Baylor 17
Basically … Oklahoma State dominated on both sides of the ball, rolling up a 14-0 early lead and a 35-3 lead after three quarters. Clint Chelf threw three touchdown passes including a 56-yarder to Tracy Moore and a 33-yarder to Jhajuan Seales, and he ran for a four-yard score. Kye Staley pounded in two short scores for the Cowboys, but the killer was a 78-yard fumble return for a score from Tyler Patmon off an errant snap. The Bears got two fourth quarter touchdown passes from Bryce Petty, hitting Antwan Goodley from 24 yards out and Levi Norwood from 32 yards away, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
- Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 28-of-48 passes from 359 yards and two scores, and he led the team with 46 rushing yards on 11 carries.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf completed 19-of-25 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a score.
- Oklahoma State rolled up 594 yards to Baylor’s 453, and didn’t turn the ball over. Baylor lost three fumbles.
- Baylor WR Antwan Goodley caught ten passes for 118 yards and a score.
Baylor 63, Texas Tech 34 in Arlington
Basically … Texas Tech held an early 20-7 lead as Jace Amaro caught touchdown passes from six and 20 yards away and Eric Ward caught a 58-yard scoring pass. Baylor’s Levi Norwood gave Baylor its first score on a 40-yard catch, and then sparked the team with a 58-yard punt return for a score and later caught a 58-yard touchdown pass. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for two short scores. Texas Tech only managed a 19-yard Reginald Davis scoring catch.
- Petty completed 17-of-31 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns.
- Baylor committed 12 penalties for 124 yards and Texas Tech committed eight for 93.
- Baylor RB Shock Linwood ran 29 times for 187 yards and one score. Levi Norwood caught seven passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
- Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield completed 28-of-51 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns with a pick.
at Baylor 41, Oklahoma 12
Basically … Baylor overcame a sluggish start to rip apart the Sooners over the final 37 minutes of the game. Oklahoma took a 5-3 lead on a safety and a 22-yard Michael Hunnicutt field goal, and then it was all Bears as Bryce Petty ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more including scoring plays from 24 and 25 yards out to Antwan Goodley. Oklahoma only managed a ten-yard Roy Finch touchdown catch in the third to pull within 19, but the Bears controlled the rest of the game.
- Bryce Petty completed 13-of-26 passes for 204 yards and three scores, and he ran 16 times for 45 yards and two scores.
- Oklahoma was held to 237 yard of total offense and was outgained 255 rushing yards to 87.
- The two teams combined to commit 25 penalties with Oklahoma committing 13 for 97 yards and Baylor 12 for 119.
- Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon led all tacklers with 15 stops with two tackles for loss. Baylor’s Demetri Goodson made two tackles with a picks and three broken up passes.
Baylor 59, at Kansas 14
Basically … Baylor was Baylor scoring 21 first quarter points on the way to a 45-0 lead. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes, starting out with a 62-yard scoring throw to Tevin Reese and a 25-yarder to him late in the first half. Petty added a five-yard touchdown run and Shock Linwood added touchdown runs from four and 68 yards out in the second half. Kansas got on the board with a 22-yard Brandon Bourbon touchdown run late in the third, but it was way too late.
- Baylor has made it routing. There weren’t the normal 70 points, but the game was over in the first half with easy. The offense rolled up 743 yards in just over 22 minutes as the big play receivers were roaming free, with Tevin Reese catching four passes for 110 yards and two scores. Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score as part of a running game that ripped up 306 yards averaging seven yards per carry.
- Play time is over. Now the Bears get to finally be tested with everyone watching as Oklahoma comes to Waco next for the final home game until closing out against Texas. The problem seems to be the offense on the road. It was great against Kansas, but after coming up with a season-low 35 points against Kansas State, not rolling up 70 on the Jayhawks have to be a slight concern. Slight.
at Baylor 71, Iowa State 7
Basically … Bryce Petty threw two touchdown passes to Antwan Goodley and Lache Seastrunk ran for two short touchdowns as Baylor took a 37-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 64-0 lead before Iowa State finally got on the board with a 27-yard DeVondrick Nealy catch with 47 seconds to play. Because Baylor couldn’t let the Cyclones enjoy anything, Corey Coleman returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a score with 34 seconds to play.
- Now it’s getting ridiculous. How perfect was the Baylor offense? It hit on all ten of its third down conversion attempts, and settling for three Aaron Jones field goals in the first half – with the exception of one at with no time left on the clock – felt like a failure. It’s like the offense doesn’t know how to not come up with a big play.
- Iowa State ran into a buzzsaw. There simply wasn’t anything coming from the offense to match up with anything the Bear offense could come up with. The running game finished with just 41 yards on 33 carries, and the passing game went nowhere in a hurry. The D was a disaster, but the O didn’t help the cause.
- Looking for some semblance of a silver lining, Iowa State got 18 tackles and a sack out of linebacker Jeremiah George. His sack was the only time the Cyclones came up with anything to bother Bryce Petty.
- Could Baylor put up 100 on Kansas? The Bears will be 7-0 with the college football world focusing on the Thursday night game against Oklahoma. The big boys are coming, but there’s no stopping the offense right now. There’s no one in the Big 12 who’ll have any answers – it’s going to take a shootout win to beat the Bears.
Baylor 35, at Kansas State 25
Basically … Baylor was pushed, down 25-21 going into the fourth, but Tevin Reese changed that in a hurry with a 54-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth, and following an interception from Ahmad Dixon, Glasco Martin put it away with a 21-yard dash in the final minutes. The Bears blasted two home runs in the second on a 93-yard scoring play from Reese and a 72-yard touchdown pass to Antwan Goodley, but Kansas State owned the third quarter with 15 straight points on two, two-yard touchdown runs from Daniel Sams and a 32-yard Jack Cantele field goal, but Baylor owned the fourth.
- It wasn’t the explosive offense Baylor is used to cranking out, with just 109 yards on the ground and two really, really big pass plays jacking up Bryce Petty’s 342-yard passing numbers, but the team showed it could handle being pushed. Lache Seastrunk was held to just 54 yards and 21 of Glasco Martin’s 70 yards came on his final touchdown run. At the end of the day, though, it was a ten point Baylor win on the road.
- Daniel Sams was fantastic at times with 199 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries, but he only completed 4-of-7 passes for 41 yards with the key late pick. Jake Waters did nothing, completing 6-of-15 passes for 77 yards. The offense did what it needed to do, holding on to the ball for over 39 minutes and only turning it over the one time.
- Can Baylor really do this? With Oklahoma looking awful against Texas, it’s free sailing for a little while with Iowa State and Kansas up next before facing the Sooners, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Kansas State might have had the right formula with a strong running game and ball control, but there has to be more pressure on Bryce Petty.
- Now at 2-4, for all the decent things Kansas State has done, it’s going to take a major effort now to get to a bowl game. Fortunately, four of the next five games are at home, and the season-ender is at Kansas, but the Wildcats have to now win four of their final six to get into the postseason with at road game at Texas Tech and a home game against Oklahoma still to deal with.
at Baylor 73, West Virginia 42
Basically … Everything worked for the Baylor offense – again. The Bears rolled up 864 yards with 468 on the ground and almost 400 though the air with Lache Seastrunk scoring from 80 and 19 yards out and Bryce Petty throwing for two scores to go along with two Glasco Martin two-yard scoring runs on the way to a 56-14 halftime lead. West Virginia had a few good moments with Charles Sims scoring from 39 yards out and Kevin White coming up with a 39-yard touchdown catch, but it didn’t matter as Baylor got up to a 66-21 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Mountaineer defense scored on a fumble return and a pick six.
- Baylor committed ten penalties and turned the ball over four times and allowing two defensive scores, and it didn’t matter. The offense is operating at the highest of levels, with the receivers streaking wide open and the holes five miles wide for the backs. Lache Seastrunk ran for 172 yards and two score and Bryce Petty completed 17-of-25 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns – it all worked.
- As good as Clint Trickett was at times against Oklahoma State, that’s how mediocre he was against Baylor. He only completed 9-of-28 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He tried to press to keep up the pace, but the Mountaineers don’t have the weapons.
- Give the Baylor defense a little bit of credit. The offense gets all the headlines – and it’ll get a whole bunch more over the next few weeks – but the Bear D got off the field in a big hurry early on. West Virginia didn’t score its first offensive point until Baylor put up 42.
- After a wildly inconsistent season so far, the Mountaineers have to erase this one from the books in a hurry. With two weeks to prepare for a home date against Texas Tech, and with several winnable games left, a bowl appearance is still on the table. To get there, over the time off, Dana Holgorsen has to decide on his quarterback situation once and for all.
at Baylor 70, ULM 7
Basically … Baylor turned it on early and didn’t stop, scoring 35 first quarter points helped by interception returns for scores from Joe Williams and Terrell Burt, and Bryce Petty ran for a score and hit Antwan Goodley for a 63-yard score and Tevin Reese for a 47-yarder. Petty found Goodley again for a 65-yard score early in the second, and ended the first half with a 23-yard scoring play to Clay Fuller. Lache Seastrunk started out the second half with a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. ULM’s only score came late in the second on a nine-yard Harley Scioneaux catch.
- So much for Baylor getting a fight from ULM like last year. It’s not just the offense; the defense is playing well, too. It dominated and swarmed, coming up with four takeaways and allowing the high-octane Warhawks to gain just 295 yards.
- Okay, it’s the offense. The Bears have yet to face a killer defense, but 781 yards is impressive against anyone. Bryce Petty is getting time to work, and he’s connecting on everything deep. All he did was complete 18-of-27 passes for 351 yards and four scores. Meanwhile, Lache Seastrunk ran ten times for 156 yards and a score.
- Kolton Browning tried to do it all for ULM, and it didn’t work. He led the team with 43 rushing yards, but he completed just 17-of-41 passes for 219 yards and a score with two picks. He needed more help from his running backs early, and didn’t get it.
- Baylor could’ve scored 100. If it’s possible to score 70 points and be nice about it, Baylor did it.
at Baylor 70, Buffalo 13, Sept. 7
Basically … The Bear offense exploded with 781 yards and score after score highlighted by two Bryce Petty touchdown passes from 61 yards to Tevin Reese and 83 to Antwan Goodley. Lache Seastrunk added 150 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout. The Baylor defense got into the act with a 91-yard fumble return for a score from Bryce Hager as part of the 56-pound first half and a run of 49 unanswered points. Buffalo scored first on a Branden Oliver one-yard run and later in the first quarter got a 14-yard touchdown catch from Alex Neutz.
- The Baylor first teamers cranked out 576 yards in less than a quarter in a phenomenal display of offensive firepower. Everything the BU offense tried worked with 452 passing yards and 329 on the ground. It didn’t matter who was in, the production rolled.
- Lost in all the fun and firepower was a huge day from Buffalo’s Alex Neutz, who caught six passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. That was the one bright spot for the Bulls.
- Not everything went perfectly for the Bears. They committed ten penalties for 125 yards. Not that it mattered with 781 yards of total offense, but someday a big play will come back because of a mistake.
- You wouldn’t know if from the losses to Ohio State and now Baylor, but Buffalo is supposed to have a decent defense. The pass rush failed to come up with a sack and only generated four tackles for loss.
at Baylor 69, Wofford 3, Aug. 31
Basically … The Baylor offense was in midseason form cranking out almost 700 yards and taking a 38-0 lead before Wofford got on the board with a 22-yard field goal. Bryce Petty threw two touchdown passes and Lache Seastrunk ran for touchdowns from seven and 23 yards out.
- That’s the tune-up needed to break in a new starting quarterback. Petty didn’t have any problems completing 19-of-24 passes for 312 yards and two scores. Seth Russell was able to bomb away when he got his opportunities completing all four of his passes for 99 yards with a 70-yard score to Corey Coleman.
- The Wofford running game didn’t get into any sort of a groove. The Baylor defense did a nice job of attacking it before it could get going. The three takeaways didn’t hurt.
- Baylor’s only real issues? Penalties, committing eight for 53 yards. However, Wofford committed eight, too.
What Happened In The Spring Game?
Is Bryce Petty really ready to be the next Baylor quarterback star? Despite a gusty wind, he still managed to hit on a razor-sharp 13-of-15 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns with Clay Fuller catching four passes for 72 yards and a score and Jay Lee catching just two passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage. Petty drove the ball well through the wind with the two misfires coming on out plays that simply didn’t connect; he threw well and made big plays happen.
- The Baylor ground game keeps on humming. It might not have been the most physical of practices, but Glasco Martin was unstoppable running for 114 yards and three scores on 12 carries, while Lache Seastrunk ripped off 90 yards and a score on ten carries.
- No. 2 quarterback option Seth Russell completed 9-of-22 passes for 42 yards and two picks.
Why To Be Excited Expect the train to keep rolling. While the pressure will be on Bryce Petty and other options to try to be another Nick Florence, much less an RGIII, a good bulk of the starters are back on the nation’s second-ranked offense with tackles Troy Baker and Spencer Drango two rising blockers on the outside and Cyril Richardson one of the best guards in the Big 12. The defense might still need a LOT of work and improvement, but enough key players in the back seven are back to hope for a big of an improvement. Top pass rusher Chris McAllister is back on the outside and leading tacklers Bryce Hager and Eddie Lackey return. Ahmad Dixon will be an all-star safety, and as he mentioned at the end of last season, running back Lache Seastrunk really might be a Heisman candidate.
Why To Be Grouchy The team was able to move on after losing Robert Griffin III and top receiver Kendall Wright, but it might still take a little while to find the right pieces after losing Florence and the nation’s top receiver in yards, Terrance Williams. There are plenty of receivers in place with Tevin Reese and Levi Norwood likely to step up, but replacing Florence won’t be as easy. Petty has a little bit of mop up work under his belt, but he’s hardly experienced like Florence was when he took over. Tackles Nick Johnson and Gary Mason Jr. are gone from a defense that can’t afford to lose any production.
What Needs Working On The defense is going to be the defense, but there has to be something that works. It’s the Big 12, and opponents are going to bomb away in shootouts, but the Bear D has to find one thing it can do at a high level. The 4-2-5 alignment hasn’t helped against the pass, and the run defense gets blasted by anyone who wants to commit to the ground attack. On the plus side, the defense was good at taking the ball away and improved its ball-hawking capability over the second half of the year with 12 picks in the final six regular season games, but it has to come up with more third down stops to get off the field.
Non-Conference Games: Buffalo, at SMU, ULM
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 8-4
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Buffalo, at SMU, ULM, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma, at Kansas, Texas Tech
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Kansas State, at Oklahoma State, at TCU, Texas
Schedule Analysis: The Bears kick things off with three winnable, but interesting games that look like cupcakes, but probably won’t be. Buffalo should have a decent defense, SMU in Dallas will be a fight, and the ULM team that gave Baylor such a fight last year should be just as potent offensively. But it’s still Buffalo, SMU and ULM – BU has to be 3-0 going into the bye week.
There can’t be too many complaints with the conference schedule that has Oklahoma and Texas at home and with just four league road dates and a neutral site game against Texas Tech in Cowboys Stadium. West Virginia comes to Waco for what should be a fun and wild shootout before going to Kansas State. Iowa State and at Kansas in back-to-back weeks are must wins before an off week to get ready for Oklahoma. Closing out with the Sooners, Red Raiders, at Oklahoma State, at TCU and Texas will be trying.
Team Concerns For 2013: The Bears would be deadly if they ever had a defense. The focus has been solely on the offense for the last few seasons under Art Briles, while the defense finished second-to-last in the nation hurt mostly by the second-worst pass defense. It has to start with a better pass rush after struggling throughout last season at getting into the backfield and bothering quarterbacks. Needing to replace both starting tackles, but getting all the ends back, the line has some work to do. The offense is loaded again, but the quarterback situation will be in the spotlight.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. After yet another year without anything happening in the secondary, the Bears went heavy on defensive backs for the second year in a row. Austin Jupe might be good enough to start at safety right now, while Travon Blanchard and Taion Sells are good prospects to boost up the defensive backfield. Linebackers Xavier Phillips and Raaquan Davis are going to be factors, while Brian Nance could see time in the rotation in a hurry. Of course, Baylor is the hot program at the moment because of the offense, and landing Robbie Rhodes - arguably the nation's top receiver prospect - shows just how good the program is getting. Landing quarterback Chris Johnson was also a coup, and gettng local defensive tackle Andrew Billings was a great late pickup.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 35. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Maybe it’s time Baylor started playing a little defense. You can’t win in the Big 12 if you can’t score, and as the Bears figured out last year, you can’t win big unless you can come up with a few stops. After years of keying on offensive firepower, with wildly successful results, head coach Art Briles is going hard after defensive prospects with the line getting a little bit of attention and the secondary getting a host of speedy options.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... Running backs. With Jay Finley gone, Baylor might be hoping one of its young new recruits can shine right away. B.J. Allen, Jermichael Selders, and Anthony Webb aren’t thumpers, but they’re slick speedsters who can tear off yards in chunks. The passing game got a big pickup with Jonathan Lee, a big target who has No. 1 potential. The instant help is for the secondary with three JUCO transfers and good-looking prep safety Jermarcus Johnson all to be thrown into the rotation immediately.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 51. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Offensive
linemen. Art Briles was looking to build up on the
front lines and signed a few nice defensive line
prospects in tackle Dominique Jones and end Kedrick
Dial. On the offensive side, tackle Troy Baker needs
to be a starter within three years, while JUCO
transfer Robert Griffin will be needed at tackle to
protect the other Robert Griffin, the team's star
quarterback. Guard Xavier Ruben is a good athlete
for his size and could be the unsung signing for the
offense. Helping out the passing game will be Eddie
Johnson, a tall, talented wide receiver, and Antwan
Goodley, a speedy target who'll get time to develop.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 42. That Class Was
Heavy On ... the passing game. Being in the Big 12 South with all the big-time passing attacks, head coach Art Briles wasted no time in going hard after defensive backs, bringing in several decent safeties, but his reputation as a top offensive head coach helped land a ton of really good, really surprising prospect. Do the receivers want to play with star sophomore QB Robert Griffin? Oh yeah. Darius Jones is a smallish, quick playmaker who could be a No. 1 target right away, but Skyler Scott, Tevin Reese, Willie Jefferson and Glasco Martin are all good enough to emerge as future stars in the system. QB Bryce Petty will be a superstar in a few years.