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  1. Daughter Plans to Marry .... her Father

    Quote Originally Posted by Yogi View Post
    Why would a liberal care for marriage anyway? Marriage is the ultimate restriction on free love and sex.

    Gay marriage was never intended to broaden the definition of marriage; it was meant to dilute and destroy the institution altogether.

    Marriage is just another ancient religious custom created to control people.

    Religion shouldn't control people; government should.
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  2. Radio Coverage for Lady Bear

    Quote Originally Posted by GarlandBear84 View Post
    I don't think many people around the nation will pay for audio and the video quality I've experienced over the last two years makes a subscription not worth it.

    I agree totally.
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  3. I for one am happy for the Nittany Lions today!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ToiletDuck View Post
    Don't punish the students for something they had nothing to do with.
    Punishment? Really? Every single one of those students have the option of attending school at any other school of their choice. Far from punishment. The only punishment that exists is the punishment every one of those children who were violated feel every time the words 'Penn State' are mentioned. The world they live in is far from any Happy Valley.
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  4. Who Added the Derivatives Rider to the Budget Bill?

    Quote Originally Posted by cinque View Post
    This is just the latest example of President Obama being far too beseeching of people who hate him. Boehner is not able to get the votes he needs to pass the budget/derivative bill, so he prevails upon the President to whip Democratic votes. Thankfully, Nancy Pelosi and Dick Durbin are having none of it. Somebody has to stand up for tax payers since the President is in bed with the Republicans.
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  5. Game Analysis: Baylor vs. Oklahoma State - Defense

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    With OSU playing with a quarterback that was starting his first career game, the Baylor defense held the Cowboys to 17 first downs and only 166 yards rushing. While Mason Rudolph only completed 13 passes, they went for an impressive 21.6 yards per completion average and yielded 2 touchdowns for OSU. The Bears did come up with 2 important interceptions against the rookie QB. OSU was forced to punt 8 times and had 8 3-and-outs on the evening. The defense accounted for 3 sacks that totaled 19-yards in losses. On the other hand, the Cowboys were 3 for 3 on scoring touchdowns inside the Baylor ďred zone.Ē OSU had almost 400 yards (397) in total offense and had narrowed the score to a 14-point margin in the 4th quarter (prior to the Bears scoring their last touchdown to preserve the scoring margin at 21 points).

    Defensive Line

    Shawn Oakman (2) had (statistically) one of his finest games as a Baylor Bear. The huge right defensive end had 6 solo tackles, 2 sacks totaling 12-yards in losses (which also qualify as tackles for a loss), 1 forced fumble, and 1 quarterback hurry. For this effort, Shawn was named the Big XII Defensive Player of the Week. Shawn opened his evening with a very impressive stringing out of a short side run attempt by the Cowboys. We have seen Shawn struggle with these plays in the past. But on this play Oakman kept great leverage on the tackle and made a very physical tackle on the back right in front of the Cowboy bench. When it appeared that Rudolph might be able to run into the end zone prior to the half, it was Shawn Oakman that ran the QB down from behind, forcing a 3rd and goal play. While he didnít get the first sack of the game, Shawn set it up by beating the left tackle on a speed move. Shawn went over the top of a ducking Cowboy QB, but pursuit took care of the sack. Shawn is still struggling with getting reached by the left tackle. OSU got good yardage on a jet toss to Washington around Oakman. With the margin separating the two teams narrowed to 14 points and with OSU in possession of the ball at their 22-yard line, the Cowboys tried to block Shawn with a fullback Ė bad mistake. Oakman swallowed up Rudolph for a 5-yard loss. On 4th and 17 and OSUís final offensive play of the evening, Shawn Oakman got his other sack, forcing a fumble which was recovered by Teddy Johnson, who was tackled for a 7 yard loss.

    When the Cowboys tried to bring an H-back behind the offensive line to open him up on a waggle play, KJ Smith (56) did a great job of collisioning the receiver and causing Rudolph to throw the ball away. It was KJ Smith that pinched in from the outside and stop Childs for no gain on 1st and goal right before the half. When it appeared that the fleet Tyreek Hill might be able to break loose on a 4th quarter draw play, it was KJ Smith that retraced his steps and tackled the running back from behind as he was preparing to burst outside and down the field.

    Andrew Billings (75) continues to bust up opposing offensive linemen, totaling 3.0 tackles for a loss on the evening (for a total of 11.0 TFL on the season). These 3 tackles were part of a 5 tackle effort for the big sophomore defensive tackle. While Andrew didnít get a sack on the evening, he did generate a lot of push in the middle of the pocket to keep the young quarterback from being able to really get his feet set. Andrew showed excellent agility in coming off of a slant to wide side of the field and getting flat down the line of scrimmage to tackle Roland (with help from the Baylor linebackers) for a minimal gain. Unwisely, the Cowboys tried to reach the center to the linebacker on 1st and goal at the 4-yard line. Andrew cleanly beat the backside guardís attempt at a zone block and nailed the ball-carrier for a 2-yard loss. When it appeared that OSU might be able to wriggle off the hook of being pinned deep in their end of the field by a great Roth punt, it was Andrew Billings that just blew up the dive play to the fullback for a 2-yard loss on 3rd and 1. The power generated by Billings as he smashed through the Cowboy center was really impressive. Andrew got off on the snap of the ball before the center could even take a positive step and the big DT for the Bears creamed the fullback before the play even had a chance to get started. It was Andrew Billings that caused the holding to nullify the Glidden catch that would have given the Cowboys a 1st down in the Baylor end of the field (trailing by 14 points with 5:39 to play). Andrew drove the guard back and ran over him. This caused the guard to grab hold of the big DT, causing the penalty. With time running down toward a minute left, it was Andrew that split the A gap again to toss Tyreek Hill for a 7-yard loss.

    Like Andrew Billings, Beau Blackshear (95) was very tough on the guards from OSU. Beau bent the right guard backwards, released off of the block and made the tackle for a short gain on the opening play of the 2nd quarter. When the Cowboys tried to trap block Beau, he blew up the play by wrong-shouldering the block and this effort resulted in another tackle for a loss by Oakman and Bryce Hager (44).

    Javonte Magee (90) continues to be an active force in the interior of the Baylor defensive line. Javonte is extremely quick. He has a tendency to play a little high, which at his size can be a real negative. When Javonte keeps his pads down, heís too quick to block on any play the offense tries to run outside of him. Byron Bonds (96) had some quality minutes, coming up with a good tackle on the last drive of the half.

    Linebackers

    Taylor Young (11) continues to play very well at the Weak Linebacker position. Taylor is an excellent tackler that is very effective at sifting through traffic to make the play. He is very good at avoiding the blocks of the much bigger offensive linemen, while still maintaining the gap control and hole integrity. When Taylor got dinged up (you could tell that the smallish linebackerís left shoulder is really hurting him), Aiavion Edwards (20) came into the game to replace him. Aiavion continues to play much too soft. Heís waiting on the ball carrier to get to him instead of playing downhill. Aiavion had been much better at playing downhill all spring and prior to his injury this fall. Since heís come back, Aiavion has reverted to his more timid self. Aiavion had an opportunity to make a good play on a QB keep when Edwards had beaten the block of the wide receiver. Aiavion stopped his feet and reached for the tackle and Rudolph ran right through him for additional yardage. When Young came back in, Taylor chose the wrong gap on dive play that went for 7-yards down to the Baylor 6-yard line on the Cowboysí last drive of the half. Taylor came up with a great stop on a jet toss by OSU on 3rd and 1. The fleet linebacker drilled Washington for no gain, forcing an OSU punt.

    Bryce Hager (44) had another quality game, with 7 tackles (one of which was a tackle for a loss) and 2 quarterback hurries. On the first decent run by the Cowboys (an 11-yard gain by Desmond Roland off a zone play with crossing action in the backfield), it appeared that both linebackers took the quarterback, leaving a void in the middle of the Baylor defense that the Cowboy was able to exploit despite the fact that the defensive line (led by Andrew Billings) had stacked up the Cowboy offensive line fairly effectively. Thankfully, this kind of confusion was the exception rather than the rule for the Baylor run defense. On the Cowboyís first touchdown, Bryce over-scraped slightly and left a crease inside of the Baylor MLB. Bryce had outside help from Young, but the wide scrape made it possible for Roland to get into the end zone, allowing the Cowboys to take advantage of the turnover of the first Petty interception of the day. For the most part, the linebackers have become money-in-the-bank on scraping to the weak side to compliment the slant that the defensive line is making to the wide side of the field. Hager is very good at denying any cutback opportunity on most of these stunts.

    Collin Brence (38) had his first career interception in the 2nd quarter, which capped an excellent night for the former walk-on defender. Brence had 6 total tackles and 1 7-yard sack to add to his interception against the Cowboys. On 3rd and 7 against a tighter formation than OSU had usually used, Collin did a great job of reading the quarterbackís eyes and getting out underneath an out route into the boundary. Collin made a terrific interception on the pass, leaping high to bring it down. Collin had an opportunity like this earlier in the year, but this time the Plano-product was able to complete the catch. This play turned back and opportunity by the Cowboys to reduce the deficit to 21-14. Instead, this play set up another score for the Bears on the OSU 44-yard line. Collin got a great sack that was set up by a good speed rush by Oakman. Brence blitzed from the outside, beat the block by the back, and wrapped up Rudolph for a 7-yard loss. Playing inside because of a tight end formation, Brence was not able to scrape downhill effectively enough to stop a stretch play into the boundary from the Baylor 12-yard line. Heís got to be able to hold up when people force him to play inside.

    Either Brence or Hager was beaten badly on a bootleg to the right. Brence dropped in coverage and Hager rushed to contain the QB after Rudolph got outside of KJ Smith. One of those two guys should have had the back out into the flat. This play resulted in a relatively easy 15-yard gain for the Cowboys.

    Travon Blanchard (48) made a coverage error when he allowed Glidden to get inside for a 1st down on a 16-yard reception. On the next play, Travon lost outside contain when Tyreek Hill bounced outside of the NLB for a 15-yard gain and another first down.

    Secondary

    The Baylor secondary yielded a completion percentage that was just over 50%, but gave up too many big plays on those completions (21.6 yards per completion). The Bears got 2 very important interceptions, but the individual coverage skills of specific defenders must improve for the Bears to be able to play with the effective passing games that they will be facing in the next two games (and in any subsequent games the Bears might have).

    Tion Wright (3) had his first career start for the Bears, subbing for the injured Ryan Reid (9) at the wide-side cornerback position. On the evening, Tion had 2 tackles and a pass breakup. Tion appears to be a little slighter than Reid and this makes it a little more difficult for the juco-transfer to be as physical on run or quick pass support. Tionís redirect ability is fairly impressive. He does a very good job of planting and breaking on the route of comebacks and stops. On Tionís first real test of the evening, Wright held outside leverage (knowing he had some safety help inside) and perfectly broke on a curl-route, avoided contact with the receiver, and swatted away the ball at the point of the catch. A corner just canít do it any better than that. Tion was called for defensive holding on a play where the QB had to throw the ball away. This lapse in coverage cost the Bears dearly on the last drive of the half, moving the ball all the way down to the Baylor 13-yard line with a 1st down. In the 4th quarter, Tion was beaten (not badly) by a post move. As the ball was coming down, Wright virtually mugged the receiver, drawing a several flags for pass interference. Ironically, Wright was not able to keep the catch from being made on the play. On OSUís last-gasp drive, Tion was beaten on a 3rd and 11 play by Sheperd for 15 yards and a 1st down. While he might have been playing a little softer due to the 14-point margin, this kind of coverage is just too soft to have an opportunity to contest the pass.

    On the 2nd play from scrimmage, Xavien did an excellent job of reading his keys and getting extremely quick run support to account for another tackle for a loss for the Bears. This turned a 2nd and 4 into a 3rd and 5. It was Xavien that got lulled to sleep by the intermediate passing game of the Cowboys, contributing to his lackadaisical footwork that allowed Washington to eat up his cushion and run by the cornerback for a much too easy 68-yard touchdown pass. Xavien was clearly and cleanly beaten. Howardís only hope that the offside safety might be able to help Ė it was not to be. Xavien was called for pass interference in the end zone on a fade route by the Cowboys at the Baylor 6-yard line. Xavien jammed the receiver, never letting go of the jam, and never playing the ball. He has to be smarter than that. Xavien was beaten up the rail on the drive that could have narrowed the lead to 7 points. Xavien had inside leverage and could have run stride for stride with the receiver. Instead, he overruns the point of the pass, gets out of position, and could have been called for pass interference on the play. I donít know why the Baylor defensive backs are so bad at playing the ball in the air.

    Terrell Burt (13) had a tough day against the corner route. Several times the Cowboys were able to isolate the wide side safety just enough to be able to get the ball just beyond the coverage of Burt. This inability to cover the corner route was a major contributor to the Cowboys being able to generate a 20+ yard per catch average on the evening. One of the factors that probably contributed to Burtís struggles is that he didnít get enough help from the wide side corner dropping off of coverage to get under the arched throws of Rudolph. Some of these throws stayed in the air a long time. With a little over 4 minutes to go in the half, Terrell was beaten badly by David Glidden on a corner route. To compound the issue, Terrell made a half-hearted effort at a tackle on the sidelines and allowed the receiver to gain 14 extra yards (down to the Baylor 39-yard line) after the catch. On 3rd and goal with just seconds remaining on the clock at the end of the half, Terrell was beaten on another corner route by David Glidden to the corner of the end zone. Video didnít show whether or not Glidden pushed off, but it did show that Burt was beaten quickly on the outside cut by Glidden. Burt was beaten again when Washington blew past him vertically. The ball slipped out of the freshman QBís hands and landed harmlessly behind Burt. Had Terrell been in better position, he might have been able to pick up the ďduckĒ and get an interception.

    After a loss on 1st down back to the 6-yard line, Orion Stewart (28) picked up a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone on 2nd down (it was incorrectly reported by the back judge as a penalty on Burt Ė who wasnít really involved in the play at all). This penalty was because Stewart kept the backside arm on the receiver while he reached in front of the receiver to swat the ball away. In the end zone, DBs donít need to secure the backside of the receiver when they are going to the knock down. If they donít get the knock down, the play will result in a touchdown anyway. Getting this penalty gave the Cowboys a first down at the 2-yard line instead of making it 3rd and 6. When Childs burst through the defensive forcing unit and appeared to be set to score, it was Orion that made another one of his touchdown-saving tackles at the Baylor 6-yard line. Orion Stewart made the play of the game when he jumped in front of a receiver dragging across the middle on a bootleg pass. This is classic safety responsibility, but the freshman quarterback from OSU never saw Orion. Stewart did a great job of stepping in front of the intended receiver and got a very good return to change field position positively in favor of the Bears. By the way, did you see the block by KJ Smith on Stewartís 23 yard return?

    The fact that defenders are getting beaten consistently on vertical routes and that they have to resort to obvious interference to even have a chance at defending these vertical routes is a MAJOR concern for the Baylor defense as the end of the season challenges approach. Tech, Kansas State, and any possible future opponent after that will have quality receivers and QBs that can attack the Bears very effectively in these situations.


    Overall

    The touchdown drive by the Cowboys at the end of the first half and the two 4th quarter scores by the Cowboys in the 4th quarter that narrowed the game to a 14-point margin have to worry Coach Bennett. Mistakes enabled an out-manned OSU football team to remain in this ball game too long.

    Leading 42-21, Coach Bennett chose to go to the 3-4 defense (probably expecting a passing attack in the 4th quarter) and the Cowboys proceeded to run the ball down the Bearsí throats. The 3-4 look has been highly vulnerable to the running game all year. This defensive scheme has to be shored up against the run to be viable as an option.
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