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  1. Game Analysis: Baylor vs. Oklahoma - Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by ftblbob5 View Post
    Overall, the defense played an outstanding game. The Bears only surrendered 13 first downs and 319 total yards of offense to a Sooner unit that has been very effective this fall. The Bears were able to get consistent pressure on the Sooner quarterback, utilizing largely a four-man rush. This enables the Baylor pass coverage to get much stronger and reduces the need for as many one-on-one coverage opportunities as we have seen in previous games.

    One factor that is slightly concerning is that quite often on the afternoon there was only one Baylor defender that had a legitimate opportunity to make the play. On a positive note, that one Bear almost always made the play. But the Sooner game plan to isolate defenders to see if they could make that play was very effective. The Bears were just better than the skill players for OU on most of the one-on-one matchups that occurred.

    Defensive Line

    Andrew Billings (75), the true sophomore from Waco High, abused the Oklahoma guards and center all afternoon. On the second play from scrimmage, Andrew drove his considerable strength into the center (who was trying to zone off of the NT to the linebacker) and pushed the Sooner back into the backfield. Andrew pressed the center off of him and reached out with one big hand, grabbing the OU running back as he attempted to run by. Billings pulled the Sooner running back, Perine (who is considered to be a very good freshman big back), down for a minimal gain.

    While not quite as productive as his defensive tackle running mate, Beau Blackshear (95) had a very good afternoon. Blackshear got the initial quarterback hurry of the game when he came off a twist stunt with Billings, pushed the Sooner blocker back into the backfield, and beat the left guard vertically to flush Knight from the pocket, resulting in a gain that was short of the line to gain for a first down. In the 2nd quarter, OU tried a QB draw that Beau blew up before it got started. Beau drove inside and through the block of the guard and just swallowed up Knight for a loss on the play. An added benefit of this good defensive play was that it placed OU into a 2nd and 18 from their 29-yard line. Given this down and distance, Heupel (OU offensive coordinator) chose to try for a throw in the deep intermediate range. This proved to be a mistake of epic proportions. Beau got driven out of the hole on a down block that created a huge hole in the Baylor defense to provide Ford with the biggest gain of the first half for a Sooner running back. To be fair, the Will Linebacker was unblocked and didn’t read the play correctly. This resulted in too much running room for the back. After the Bears’ opening touchdown of the 2nd half, the Sooners appeared to have a pretty good drive going. Facing a 3rd and 1, the Sooners ran up the middle. Beau pinched in from his outside alignment over the guard and smashed the defenseless ball carrier for a 2-yard loss, forcing an Oklahoma punt. This pinching move totally surprised the OU guard, who anticipated being able to reach block the DT and stretch him out of the play.

    Shawn had a difficult time recognizing the waggle play (where the Sooners would show quick flow away from the Baylor defensive end and use an H back to secure the big DE from the outside). You’d like for Shawn to be able to recognize that the reason the H back isn’t blocking him isn’t because that player is bad. He’s trying allow Shawn to take the bait and squeeze on the fake enough where the DE can’t contain the quarterback. Because the Sooners were very effective at this tactic early in the game, Knight was able to break contain and get great looks downfield against the Baylor secondary. On the Sooner’s second touchdown, Shawn came unblocked off of the right side. As Knight was releasing the ball, Shawn didn’t get his hands up. Had the 6’9” DE raised his hands, the Sooner QB probably would have been eating the football. I understand not jumping up, Knight would have gone right around the DE. But Shawn should have raised his hands. Shawn continues to struggle against tight ends. It seems as though he stands up and tries to play off the block. This only gets the big DE on “roller skates” and creates a soft corner for the running game. This occurred when Alex Ross scooted down the Baylor sidelines for the biggest OU run of the day. One of the best things that Shawn is doing right now is redirecting toward the football once the ball crosses the line of scrimmage. Several times in the game, Shawn ran ball carriers down from behind for short gains after it appeared they might have clear sailing. This kind of hustle is huge in building defensive success. In addition, when Shawn arrives…he crushes people.

    KJ Smith (56) seemed improved in his bid to replace Jamal Palmer at the left defensive end. KJ did a good job of redirecting on Knight’s first scramble attempt. Smith was able to come from the wide side of the field to run down the Sooner quarterback and get the first hit (ahead of the Baylor inside linebackers), stopping Knight short of a first down.

    Linebackers

    The Baylor inside linebackers, Bryce Hager (44) and Taylor Young (11) are a very quick reacting duo. These guys are very fast at coming off of coverage responsibilities and redirecting back to quarterback scrambles. They are VERY quick when asked to run from the middle of the field to the sidelines. Both of these guys are quality tacklers that do a great job of utilizing leverage and keeping their feet alive. There were several times in the game where Perine might have been off-to-the-races except for a tackle by one of the inside linebackers – usually Young. On the first effective drive by the Sooners, Young played off a block by the Sooner center to just trip up Perine as he appeared to be headed to the end zone. This type of play gives the defense another opportunity to defend rather than be lining up for an extra point attempt. Young totally misread a Keith Ford dive play and was late to fill the hole. This resulted in the biggest running back gain of the first half for the Sooners. To Young’s credit, he came back on the very next play (the Sooners ran the same play back-to-back) to make the tackle for a very short gain. Young learned very quickly. In one of the oddities that occur in football, Taylor diagnosed two plays in a row only to have big #79 (Williams) block him in the back to erase him from the play. Fortunately, the officials called the second one a hold, bringing back what might have been a first down. Taylor had 7 tackles on the afternoon.

    Bryce Hager (44) had 10 tackles (one for a 2-yard loss) and an interception on the day. Bryce(after a slightly shaky start) was very effective at spying Knight on his zone reads. Despite the speed and quickness advantage enjoyed by Knight, Bryce was very good at maintaining his leverage on these open-field tackling situations and holding the OU QB to little or no gain (after the first few times in these situations). Bryce made the defensive play of the game with the Sooners facing a 2nd and 18 from their 29-yard line. Knight tried to work a layered route across the middle (a shallow cross and a deeper square-in. Bryce played between these two routes, read the eyes of the QB, and stepped in front of the square-in for the interception. Knight hit him right between the numbers. Hager made a terrific return on this interception, probably scoring, but was ruled down on the 1-yard line. The play set up Baylor in prime position to push in front of the Sooners 17-14. The Bears never looked back. After some missteps early in the game, Bryce only had one play where Knight was able to cut back in the open field to beat the pursuit of Hager, who had QB responsibility. Fortunately, Taylor Young was right behind the MLB to make the play. On the second goal line stand the Bears had to survive, Bryce probably made the most significant play when an isolation block drilled the playside linebacker and it appeared that Ross would easily score. Hager (coming from the backside) ran across the formation and made the tackle at the 2-yard line. On a swing pass to the short side late in the 3rd quarter, Bryce appeared to get dinged up. Here’s hoping that the open week gave the bell cow of the defense enough time to recover. Grant Campbell (5) came in for the Bears’ senior leader and demonstrated excellent coverage skills when he almost came up with a terrific interception on a deep square-in. Grant benefitted from an safety blitz when Campbell pursued the quarterback and picked up a sack for a 15-yard loss with a little help from Taylor Young and Shawn Oakman. Oakman’s help probably contributed to Knight having to be taken off the field.

    Early in the game, Coach Bennett was bringing Taylor Young off the short side a lot. OU had a very good plan for attacking this look. They would run the zone/read off of him, with Trevor Knight keeping the ball or they would wheel the linebacker with their gigantic tackle and run underneath him (the defensive end was stunting inside with Young’s stunt from the outside). The guard would set and allow the DE to cross his face and then push the defender inside, while working up to block the scraping MLB. There were several situations like this (Howard came off of the short side with a slant to the wide side) utilizing other personnel, but when Young was the scrape linebacker instead of the blitzer the smallish linebacker always seemed to come up with the play. Aiavion Edwards (20) got some playing time, but it appeared he wasn’t quite ready for the pace of the game. Aiavion played much too soft and didn’t play downhill effectively.

    Collin Brence (38) continues to do a very good job of playing the nickel linebacker (the Bearbacker) position. Brence is very solid at defending the bubble screen. He does his work early by getting outside of the blocks to contain the play and drive the receiver back to the inside-out pursuit. As a result of his work, these plays have not been very successful against the Bears. Brence did a great job of sinking with the inside receiver and then redirecting to the outside receiver on an attempted square-in. Brence got right in the throwing lane and almost came up with what would have been a spectacular interception on 3rd and 8, early in the game. Collin might have gotten away with a grab on a wheel route where the Sooners had successfully isolated the linebacker on an inside receiver. But like many things, when you do your work early (Brence got his grab in at the point where the receiver turned vertically), it keeps other things from becoming big problems. This grab resulted in an overthrown ball that might have been a Sooner touchdown. On the very next play, Collin bit hard on a stretch fake away from him and lost contain on a naked bootleg by Knight. This lapse in judgment resulted in a big gain for the Sooner quarterback. With the end already slashing down the line of scrimmage, Collin should have been working vertically on the QB bootleg off of the fake at the exchange. Collin needs to become a more effective tackler when he poaches from his NLB position on off-tackle runs to his side. While this isn’t necessarily his direct responsibility, Brence can provide invaluable assistance to the team defensive effort if he can start to make more tackles in these instances.

    Secondary

    The Baylor corners, Xavien Howard (4) and Ryan Reid (9), have made considerable progress from the embarrassing performance in Morgantown. These guys are much better at maintaining coverage without resorting to using their hands. They have lessened the incidental contact in coverage, while still being able to get good opportunities to play the football. Xavien gave up a touchdown when the Sooner appeared to be running a fade and then turned out, with Knight putting the ball right on the money. Howard was right on the receiver’s shoulder, but didn’t get a hand on the ball.. Xavien made a great stop for a loss on 3rd and 1 at the Baylor 2-yard line. The cornerback knifed in from the short side and forced the 4th down play with a little help from KJ Smith.

    For much of the afternoon, Ryan Reid (9) got some quality help from Orion Stewart (28), playing the down safety position. When Stewart would read pass and there was no inside receiver threat, the Midway product did a good job of working from the inside to bring additional coverage to the corners. One critical play in the game was the 3rd and 11 play from the Baylor 14-yard line. With the Sooners trailing 17-14, Knight did a great job of scrambling and finding a potential receiver right at the first down marker on the 3-yard line. Knight threw a beautiful ball right on the money. Ryan was in very tight coverage and, as the ball arrived, the Baylor cornerback ripped at the inside arm of the Sooner receiver. Though the receiver miraculously got a foot down, the receiver could not control the ball all the way to the ground. Credit this to great work by Ryan Reid. With the Bears comfortably ahead, the Sooners hit a couple of well-timed passes in front of Reid, but the smallish cornerback made the tackle for no additional yardage each time. Playing with a 24-point lead, this is excellent strategy – force the offense to be perfect. The Sooners weren’t – a holding penalty stalled the drive.

    I know Terrell Burt (13) is not the tallest guy in the world, but the fact that Trevor Knight was able to jump over the head of Burt when he apparently was standing straight up is very impressive for the opposing quarterback. I’m sure that no one said anything to Burt about this in the Sunday film session (sarcasm). Terrell gave up the opening Sooner touchdown of the day when Quick (a very talented freshman) ran a square-out on the Baylor safety. Burt did a great job of staying with the route, but didn’t come up with the play on the ball at the point of the catch. Knight threw an excellent pass and it beat the tight coverage of Burt. You’d like to see Terrell be able to get his hands on that ball as the receiver catches it. This would allow the safety to be able to pull the ball out prior to the opponent “completing the catch” – this is the critical vernacular that means he has to possess the ball with both feet on the ground or all the way to the field’ surface to get credit for a catch. Later in the first quarter, Terrell was beaten by Neal on the same type of play. It took an even better throw from Knight to beat Burt. Terrell had underneath position and could have undercut any throw that wasn’t thrown high and outside (which Knight did beautifully). Burt was shaken up on the play. The speed out continues to give Terrell difficulty in making the tackle. In the 2nd quarter, Terrell overran the out and allowed the receiver to make additional yardage by stepping underneath Burt’s tackle attempt. Terrell was beaten soundly on a drag-and-go by Quick. The speedy freshman gave Burt a quick head fake inside and burst past the cover safety. To Terrell’s credit, he sold out to run down the Sooner and tackled the receiver at the Baylor 13-yard line. Because of the fact that Burt didn’t give up, the Bears denied the score when Hunnicutt missed the field goal attempt. These kinds of plays win football games. Burt had 7 tackles.

    With time running out in the first half, OU successfully isolated Quick on Bryce Hager. Quick blew past the linebacker and ran inside of Orion Stewart (28). Stewart gave chase and ran in between the receiver and the pass. The ball nailed Stewart in the middle of the back. This was another excellent hustle play by the down safety for the Bears. This wasn’t the only time that Stewart made a big play. When Alex Ross hit the left side of the Sooner offensive line and dashed through a big hole, it was Orion that ran down the fleet Sooner at the Baylor 11-yard line. Orion was only able to get a hand on the ankle of the running back, but it was enough. Stewart was shaken up on the play and Alfred Pullom (12) came into the game for the goal line stand. You could hear Coach Kaz on the sidelines reminding the defense that Orion’s great effort gave them a collective chance at getting a stop (“He ran him down. Make a stop.”). The defense didn’t disappoint Coach Kaz. Alfred stepped on the very first play and made a stop on the Sooner back when it appeared he broke through the forcing unit. Orion came back in the game later and made one more big play. On 4th and 2, Stewart blitzed off the short side and came clean. While Orion didn’t make the sack, he set up his teammates for that honor.

    Overall

    The Bears gave up only 13 first downs to a very explosive offense. The gave up only 5 first downs on pass plays and NONE by penalties - Wow! The Bears limited the Sooners to 171 yards rushing and 148 yards passing for a total of 319 yards of total offense. The Bears picked off one pass (Hager). They forced the Sooners to punt 6 times. This allowed the Bears to dominate time of possession even though the offense continued to play at a breakneck pace. The Sooners were 4 of 13 on 3rd down conversion and 0 for 2 on 4th down conversions, including two sensational goal line stands.
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  2. Game Analysis: Baylor vs. Oklahoma - Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by ftblbob5 View Post
    I want to apologize for not doing an analysis of the Baylor vs. Kansas game for Homecoming. My internet went down for 10 days (we’ve been very busy) and I have only been able to post from my phone. While some of you may be very accomplished with producing material on your phone, this was more than my meager skills could get done. The Bears looked great on Homecoming and I hope everyone had a great time (my class was one of the honored classes this year).

    Game Analysis: Baylor vs. Oklahoma

    The Baylor Bears went into the last month of the regular season with quite a few question marks. Bryce Petty had struggled to come close to the numbers he produced a year before as a junior. The Baylor offensive line lost two returning starters from the right side of the offensive line. An All-American wide receiver continued to be less productive than last year. The Baylor defensive line was looking for a consistent answer at DE, replacing Jamal Palmer (92). The Will Linebacker position was in flux. The secondary had still not quite recovered from the shock of 9 pass interference penalties in Morgantown. And the return game had yet to be explosive. In addition to all of these questions, the Bears had a road game in Norman where Baylor had NEVER won.

    The morning of November 8th was a beautiful, chamber-of- commerce day in Norman, OK. The hometown fans were sporting their crimson and cream and walking the streets of Campus Corner with a wary, but confident attitude, with good reason. Their Sooners had not lost two straight home games since Moby Dick was a minnow. Baylor had NEVER won a football game in Norman, having lost 11 straight at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

    The Bears came into Norman as the number 10-ranked team in the nation to play the Sooners, ranked number 16 in the nation. 85,048 fans turned out for this contest between the two pre-season favorites for the Big XII Championship, including a close to a couple of thousand vocal Baylor Bear supporters and a pep band from the BUGWB. While the game appeared to open as a familiar rehash of previous Sooner victories, the Baylor Bears changed the script and ran off 45 unanswered points, cruising to a 48-14 victory over favored Oklahoma, snapping a 37-game road game losing streak against ranked opponents. Baylor's 34-point victory was the largest by a visiting team in Norman during the Stoops era. The only other double-digit victor was Notre Dame (17-point win) in 2012, and the 6 previous losses in the Stoops era came by a combined 36 points. After the game, David Ubben (of Fox Sports) tweeted, “You won't find a more impressive win in the Big 12 this year than Baylor over OU by 34 in Norman. Nothing even comes close.”

    Offense

    The Bears’ offense far out-distanced their Sooner counterpart. The Bears accumulated 31 first downs, totaling 544 yards of offense. The Bears ran off 97 plays on the afternoon, averaging an impressive 5.7 yards per offensive play, with no turnovers.

    The Bears’ game plan appeared to be to test the Sooner pass defense with short passes, thrown quickly to limit the impact of the Sooner pass rushing unit. Because the Sooners knew that their defensive backs were not quite up to the task of covering all of the speed in the Baylor receiving corps, the coverage players played soft and off of the Bear receivers. The Baylor strategy worked perfectly, allowing the Bears to dominate time of possession, 35:23 to 24:37.

    Offensive Line

    The Baylor Bears had a very good protection scheme designed for the OU Sooners. The coordination between offensive line, H-back, and running backs in the protection was very apparent. Despite having two new starters in the offensive line, this group did a great job of picking up most of the blitzes thrown at them by Mike Stoops and the OU defense. The Bears opened up the second half with an empty set look. Stoops chose to bring pressure. This means that the Bears had 5 blockers to pick up 6 defenders. This look requires excellent anticipation and communication from the offensive line. The line picked up these stunts flawlessly. When the Sooners chose to drop into coverage, the line sifted the defenders and picked up the rushing defensive linemen very well, giving the quarterback enough time to allow the in-breaking receiver to work through the secondary to the appropriate window for the throw.

    Baylor ran left a lot early in the game. Drango and Muir were equal to the challenge, giving the Bears’ running backs quality creases through which to run. Blake Muir (73) still isn’t the powerful drive blocker that you would like him to be. But the Aussie is very effective at creating and maintaining position on a block. He has the ability to move his feet quickly and gain positive leverage at the point of attack. On a 2nd quarter 4th and 1, Blake did a great job of drive blocking and getting quality movement to provide the running back with ample daylight to get the first down.

    Spencer Drango was very solid. It has become apparent that Drango is now rounding into the kind of performance level that he demonstrated prior to his injury. For most of the afternoon, Drango was in impeccable position in pass protection. The talented Sooner defenders had a very difficult time beating his protection.

    One of the things that created some problems for the Baylor offense for most of the first half was the fact that Kyle Fuller (55) was snapping the ball high and to the quarterback’s right side. One of these errant snaps almost resulted in a Baylor turnover when the ball went right between the quarterback and the running back when they were trying to mesh for a handoff. It is good to have a real athlete at quarterback that can flag down these snaps, but I’m sure that Kyle did a lot of work over the open week to correct this issue. I theorized earlier this week that Kyle might have been holding the ball too much in the middle of his stance. This creates an arm swing that has a tendency to go slightly to the right. Since the Baylor quarterbacks line up 5-6 yards deep, a slightly off arm swing can make a significant difference in the spray of the football by the time it gets back to where the quarterback is standing. Kyle should have the ball slightly to the right of his ear, which makes the arm swing move much more toward the center of his body. Kyle was beaten badly by the Sooner nose tackle on the Bears’ first trip into the red zone. Kyle grabbed the NT and could have been called for holding (not called). Kyle needs to get a faster quick set and move his feet laterally better, getting in position for his block on plays like this. Kyle is still getting over-extended on some of his blocks which often result in his falling in the hole at the point of attack.

    Terrell Broxton (61) continues to be surprisingly solid in his work replacing Desmine Hilliard (67) at right guard. This is not too surprising because this big man had been pushing Hilliard for more playing time since the beginning of the season. Broxton is very balanced in his blocking and does a decent job of creating movement. Broxton did quite a bit of down blocking on the Sooner nose tackle, with the back reading his block. It is critical that the read guard maintain contact with the nose tackle. Broxton was very consistent in being able to accomplish this task. His pass protection is very good and he does an excellent job of sifting through stunts and blitzes. Broxton has a slight tendency to drop his head and reach, but for the most part he’s been very productive.

    Pat Colbert (69) has a tendency to still play too high and with too narrow of a base, but his improvement has been very solid. He has become much more reliable and no one has ever doubted his toughness. Colbert is one of those players that enjoys burying his opponent and playing to the last echo of the whistle (sometimes a little beyond that point). On the touchdown drive for the Bears’ 2nd touchdown of the 2nd half, the Bears ran right behind Pat several times once they got in the red zone and scored behind the big tackle’s block. Tyler Edwards (62) did a great job of double teaming with Pat on the critical block on that TD. In addition, I thought Pat showed a great improvement in his pass blocking techniques. Colbert is moving his feet instead of reaching and maintaining an excellent focus with his eyes on the near edge of the defender. His positioning in his pass protection was very good. His only real pass protection fault right now is that he has a tendency to lean on the defender or get off balance. Leaning can result in getting over-extended and allows the defender to throw the blocker out of the way. On the first Baylor touchdown, the OU DE was able to drive Pat straight back, get the blocker’s inside foot stuck in the air by utilizing power and leverage that Pat didn’t have in his body position, and then come underneath for what might have been a sack if the quarterback hadn’t gotten the ball off so quickly. Coach Montgomery did a very good job of giving Pat some extra help by bringing an H-back to help in protection to Colbert’s side.

    For the entire season, LaQuan McGowan coming into the game meant that the Bears were going to run right behind the huge offensive lineman-turned H-back. Against the Sooners, the Baylor brain trust unveiled a new wrinkle. McGowan trapped outside to the end man on the line of scrimmage and the running back followed that broad rear end unmolested into the end zone twice. Credit must be given to the left side of the offensive line Jordan Feuerbacher (85) at tight end, Spencer Drango at left tackle, and Blake Muir at left guard for denying any penetration by the Sooner goal line defense, too.

    Backs

    Shock Linwood (32) had a very good day running the football and blocking for the Baylor Bears. Shock is a very good blitz blocker for a running back of his size. Teams like OU are very good at picking on running backs in the protection. Shock did a great job of being aggressive on the block, looking it in, and maintaining leverage between himself and the QB. Shock carried the ball 23 times for 87 tough yards and 2 touchdowns without having a play where he lost yardage. OU prides itself on its run defense – they are pretty good at it. But Shock was able to find just enough yardage to improve the down and distance after each of his carries.

    Devin Chafin (28) continues to demonstrate an ability to run vertically with power and speed. Devin had one of his least productive days (11 carries for 37 yards), but the big Burkburnett back continues to punish defenders and get positive yards.

    Bryce Petty (14) was at his poised best against the Sooners. Bryce threw the ball a surprising 42 times against the Sooners, completing 32 of them for 387 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked twice on the afternoon, but it didn’t seem to affect him a bit. Petty would stare down unblocked blitzers (usually when the Sooners brought more players than the Bears had blockers) time after time and deliver strikes to open receivers, beating the OU soft coverage. Bryce made sure that the Sooner defensive ends and outside linebackers knew that he was going to make them account for the quarterback on the give/keep read when he pulled the ball and got a solid 7-yard gain. When Petty can make this kind of yardage on his keeps, it limits the backside pursuit of the linebackers and makes the defensive ends wary of chasing the ball down from behind. Another facet of the quarterback’s game that Petty showcased was mobility. Late in the 3rd quarter, Striker came off the short side on an unblocked blitz. Bryce pump faked the all-conference player into the air and Petty ducked under that rush and found an open receiver for a 29-yard catch and run. Bryce showed great awareness on that play. Just a few plays later, Bryce caught the Sooners in a 3-man rush playing cover 2-man, which means that all the underneath players are turning their backs to the QB and playing underneath the cuts of their receivers. Bryce tucked the ball and picked up a quick 8 yards.

    Petty got called for intentional grounding when the Bears were fooled by a zone blitz and an anticipated quick slant to the short side of the field on a play action pass was covered by a quick dropping defender. Bryce did a good job of avoiding the sack and got the ball beyond the line of scrimmage. This left the decision as to whether or not he was out of the tackle box up to the referee (the ref threw the flag). The pressure wasn’t created by poor offensive line blocking, but by the need to extend the play created by good Sooner coverage. Bryce took a sack on the Bears’ first trip into the red zone when it appeared his was surprised by an all-out blitz. It appeared that he want to wait on the outside receiver to clear the inside defender, instead of hitting the quick out to the inside receiver (which was available). Bryce has to make better decisions against all-out blitzes.

    Receivers

    The Baylor receivers played like “beasts” in Norman on Saturday. Beasts is a word that gets thrown around on message boards quite freely. But on Saturday, the receivers caught pass after pass in front (and behind) the Sooner secondary, taking hits in exchange for quality yards. And they blocked well for each other and for the running backs.

    There was no receiver that stood taller than Corey Coleman (1). Coleman was named the Big XII Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts and received a “helmet sticker” from the ESPN studio commentators for his efforts. On the afternoon, Corey accounted for an astounding 15 catches for 224 yards and 1 touchdown receiving and 1 rushing the football. Corey made big play after big play. Probably none affected momentum like the 33-yard pass from Petty for the Bears’ first touchdown of the afternoon. This play brought the Bears within 14-10 and began a Baylor scoring streak that was not broken for the rest of the game. Coleman made another big play when the Bears were backed up inside the 10-yard line with a 3rd and 5. Corey drove off the OU corner and did a great job of coming back to the ball. Corey caught the ball and beat the defender to the inside after the catch. Coleman turned this short, possession route meant to pick up just enough for a first down into a very important 40-yard gain. Great offense is sometimes when you catch a short throw and run for a long way. After Bryce Petty was high with his first effort of the game (isn’t he usually?), Petty came his way with another slightly overthrown effort on the next possession. Coleman leapt high, but couldn’t come down with this one, either. This is a throw that Corey should have caught. But this afternoon didn’t include too many things that Corey Coleman did wrong. In fact, on the opening drive of the second half, Corey scored a rushing touchdown from the backfield behind the excellent trap block of Spencer Drango while the boo-birds rained down on the Sooners’ defensive coordinator.

    Antwan Goodley caught 9 passes for 92 yards and made a couple of runs after the catch that reminded Baylor fans of the 2013-version that made All-American. Antwan’s 29-yard gain on a Petty scramble was a great example of how Goodley understands where the openings are in zones and where to be when the quarterback is scrambling. It, also, showed a little bit of the burst and power that Antwan demonstrated so often last fall. Antwan must do a better job of selling his route when he is responsible for blocking off a man-to-man defender on “pick” plays. Goodley never looked back for the ball and actually set for a block. These are two major “no, no’s” on pick plays and are why the Baylor All-American drew the offensive pass interference penalty.

    Jay Lee (4) surfaced again after a few weeks where he hasn’t caught a pass. Lee was very instrumental in Baylor’s success in the passing game when the top group of receivers were out with injuries during the early part of the season. It was good to see Jay catch 5 passes for 43 yards on the afternoon. KD Cannon (9) caught 2 passes for 17 yards and had a better day blocking than we have seen recently. Levi Norwood (42) and Quan Jones (12) had one catch a piece.

    Clay Fuller (23) did a great job of finding an open spot when Bryce had to scramble out of the pocket on a 3rd and 21. It took Petty just a little too long to locate the Baylor senior receiver, but the ball actually beat the coverage to the point of the catch. Clay should have caught the ball.

    While TreVon Armstead (41) still doesn’t remind anyone of Jordan Najvar yet, the Baylor tight end/H-back is starting to show improvement in his blocking at the point of attack. It seems Armstead is still too concerned with worrying about the fake of a defender instead of just trusting his path. But the big converted tackle did a much more effective job of blocking against the Sooners. TreVon was asked to deploy as a wide receiver to do some perimeter blocking for bubble screens. He wasn’t a real “lock down” blocker, but his bulk does a great job of shielding defenders so that the designated receiver can get 5-6 yards on the play. Davion Hall (16) did a good job of blocking on the perimeter, too.

    Gus Penning (15) got some time as the H-back. The Bears used him as a lead blocker on a fairly effective toss play. Penning is not even close to the physical presence of Armstead, but he does a decent job of maintaining position on his blocks. His strength and power generated in his blocks needs significant improvement.

    On a 2nd quarter drive, the officials ruled that KD Cannon had been interfered with on a deep route down the Baylor sidelines. This flag was subsequently picked up and video study revealed that no significant contact occurred at the point of the catch. There might have been a hold on Hayes as Cannon passed him up at the line of scrimmage, but there was no pass interference.

    Overall

    You have to give the brain-trust for the OU defense (Bob and Mike Stoops) credit for coming up with an effective use of “gamesmanship” in creating difficulty for a hurry-up offense when it substitutes. When the Bears would make a lineup change, the Sooners would leisurely substitute a big defensive tackle. The tackle would jog out on the field and finally let the man he was replacing know that he was out of the game when the substitute got to his teammate. The player being substituted for would then jog off the field. All the while, the center judge would stand over the center, keeping the Bears from snapping the ball. This tactic means that most of the 40-second clock would be used up by watching Sooner defensive linemen exchange places, limiting the amount of time Petty had to make a call at the line of scrimmage for what the next play might be. The first time the Sooners used this strategy the Bears ended up having to call a timeout to prevent a delay of game. I believe that this tactic resulted in the Bears substituting a little less than they usually do.

    On the other hand, the defensive side of the ball for OU is receiving considerable criticism for the fact that on 4th and 1 they had 12 men on the field (after a timeout) deep in the Sooner end of the field and in the second half they had 10 men on the field, again, in the red zone. The Sooner fans aren’t happy about these mistakes.

    I could be wrong, but it seemed like the Bears made an adjustment to their dart scheme this week. At times, the Bears didn’t try to wrap the tackle up the linebacker level, but asked him to kick out the defensive end on the far side. This adjustment probably is easier for Pat Colbert to accomplish and took advantage of the fact that the Sooner defensive ends have a tendency to be overly aggressive. Because they weren’t sinking with the blocker going inside of them, those defensive ends were easily trap blocked in this scheme.

    It speaks to the character of the leadership of this team when Bryce Petty and Spencer Drango joined Trevor Knight’s brother, Connor, in a word of prayer on the field as the OU quarterback was being put on the stretcher and taken off the field.

    Chris Callahan (40) continues to rehabilitate himself after a very difficult start to the season. Since those early woes, Chris has been consistently accurate with his field goal kicks. Chris hit on field goals of 34 and 24 yards on the afternoon and has made 12 in a row after starting 1 for 6 this season. Spencer Roth (36) didn’t “over-act” on the roughing the kicker penalty, he just allowed it to look natural. This restraint probably allowed the official to make the call that contact was made prior to the plant foot touching down (this is one of the criteria for roughing).
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  3. If Baylor and Kstate win Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by wexahu View Post
    You guys have a world class inferiority complex.

    Why would the media spin it any other way than Baylor is in the driver's seat in the Big 12 with everything on the line in the K-State game at Waco? I mean, that's how it works, you perform on the field and the media gives you credit for it. You've won ONE game against a good team AT HOME and lost a game by 14 points against a team that really wasn't all that highly touted at the start of the season.

    Do you really think there's some national conspiracy by the media against Baylor? Good grief, that's just ridiculous.

    I mean, you have one really good year where you make a BCS Bowl and you seem to feel like everyone should treat you like Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, and the rest of the real heavyweights in college football. It doesn't work that way.
    You have a world class need a life complex.

    You have a couple good seasons in a $hit conference and all the sudden your (mentally unstable/fat-tard) coach is a genius and you buffoons think you're something special.

    I don't post on here a lot but I've never posted on an opponents board. Maybe you should reevaluate your social life and get out every few years. Ie if I ever find myself so socially incompetent I need to go post on an opponents board I might start wondering if maybe I should smoke a revolver or something. Just sayin, maybe you try it. A little
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  4. Texas Shows the Nation

    Quote Originally Posted by laissez faire View Post
    You should post a source. If you have one for this election, you might be ahead of major polling firms. If you don't, you are lying. Which is it?

    The vote all the time. They're people. Where have you been?
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  5. Now the Real Fun Begins

    Quote Originally Posted by cinque View Post
    Shoukd they copy the GOP and just torpedo every legislative initiative regardless of worth?
    Chuckle. You got jokes.
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