Originally Posted by cinque
Shoukd they copy the GOP and just torpedo every legislative initiative regardless of worth?
Chuckle. You got jokes.
Originally Posted by whitetrash
She carried El Paso, Webb (Laredo) and Hidalgo (McAllen/Edinburg), but lost Travis (Austin), Cameron (Brownsville/Harlingen), Nueces (Corpus), Jefferson (Beaumont), Bexar (SA), all usually reliable Dem strongholds.
At 38.6%, she finished worse than Bill White (42.3% in 2010) and even Tony Sanchez (40.0% in 2002).
Wendy was indeed a horrible candidate. She was a little bit unfortunate in having to run against Abbot instead of Perry.
The best thing about last night was that Tecans can soon be proud of their governor again.
Originally Posted by ftblbob5
Despite the fact that the bump-and-run coverage continues to be beaten vertically and create mismatches that result in pass interference and defensive holding penalties, Coach Phil Bennett is still holding to the philosophy that creating 3rd and outs is the necessary strategy to get the ball back to the offense. Against the Mountaineers, the Baylor defense forced 3 first half turnovers, 6 punts in the game and 3 three-and-outs. On the other hand, the Bears gave up 33 first downs (10 rushing, 13 passing, and 10 by penalty), 134 yards rushing, and 322 passing which netted the Mountaineers 456 yards in total offense (far surpassing the Bearsí output of 318 yards).
Beau Blackshear (95) seemed to have a lot of trouble with the physical guards from West Virginia. The guards were able to get significant movement on Beau and this enlarged the gaps through which the Mountaineer running backs were able to run. This is something we havenít seen anyone be able to do to Beau this fall. Despite having some troubles, Beau tallied 6 tackles and a quarterback hurry on the afternoon. This quarterback hurry occurred when WVUís offensive line made a protection error and left the big Waco DT unblocked. Beauís pressure caused Trickett to throw slightly behind his intended receiver, giving the Bears an interception.
Andrew Billings (75) continues to be a major force on the defensive line. Billings had 8 tackles on the afternoon. Thatís a lot for a defensive tackle. The big defensive tackle from Waco had a 7-yard sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Bears on WVUís first possession. Billings overpowered the WVU guard and raked the ball from Trickettís hands as Andrew continued to secure the sack. On another play (at the end of the half), Andrew blew up the guard, grabbed the running back and slung him down from the 7 yard line all the way back to the 3 yard line.
When Andrew Billings raked the football out of Trickettís hands, it was Shawn Oakman (2) that pounced on the ball. This fumble recovery set up the first Baylor touchdown of the day. Oakman was credited with 2.5 tackles for losses and a quarterback hurry on the afternoon. One of Shawnís best plays looked a lot like Chris McAllisterís play on OUís Sanders last fall. WVU tried to run a reverse to Shawnís side. The big DE snuffed it out, staying square and letting the receiver screw himself into the ground trying to get away from the athletic DE. Shawn was called for a personal foul in the 2nd quarter which helped WVU move the ball from their 29-yard line to the 44-yard line, making the Mountaineer field goal at the end of the half much more possible. To be fair to the big DE, the tackle for WVU put his hands in Shawnís face prior to Oakman putting his hands in the tackleís facemask. The official only saw Shawn. Shawn stopped a WVU drive at the beginning of the 3rd quarter when he knifed inside and hit the ball carrier 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. This play forced a field goal.
The Bears are still looking for the answer to replacing Jamal Palmer at the left defensive end. KJ Smith (56) continues to be the starter at that position, but Javonte Magee (90) has been getting some quality playing time, too. Neither of these talented players has really been able to make this position their own. The opposing offenses continue to test this edge often, with more than a little success. KJ had 5 tackles in the game, but a lot of the Mountaineer rushing offense was aimed at Smithís side. KJ struggled to maintain contain and seemed to not be able to get off blocks quickly enough to make the play as the back ran by him. On the last drive of the 1st half, KJ lost contain and Trickett found Buie releasing from his protection for a big gain. Smith has got to do a better job of containing the quarterback, too. Trickett was able to get outside and extend plays way too often. Javonte seems to be better at maintaining contain on the quarterback, but he appears to be a step slower than KJ.
Bryce Hager (44) had 13 tackles against WVU, for his 11th career double-digit tackle game and his 3rd of the season. Against the big, physical interior of the WVU offensive line, Bryce struggled slightly with finding openings through which to run. He got stacked up a few times when in the past he was able to find a path to the ball carrier. Possibly because he was experiencing a little more congestion, Bryce missed a few tackles where he had the back lined up but seemed to get his feet twisted up right at the point of contact. Bryce was getting blocked more often than I had seen him get blocked, too. Part of that problem is that the defensive linemen werenít forcing a double-team as often as they need to do. By the second half, Bryce had gotten into a habit of waiting for the ball carrier to get to him, instead of playing downhill. Bryce is still very good at covering the swing passes to the backs and screen passes to backs or wide receivers. He was so quick to Buie that the WVU back ďself-tacklized.Ē Bryce got a great hit in the 4th quarter when Smallwood cut back right into Hager as he played downhill. That was a de-cleater.
Taylor Young (11), who has been playing in place of the injured linebacker Aiavion Edwards, had a career-high of 12 tackles, including 11 solo tackles. Included in these tackles were 2 sacks, a 10-yard loss in the 2nd quarter and a 12-yard loss in the 3rd quarter. This gives Taylor 4 sacks on the season. Because of his sure tackling and quickness to the ball, it might be difficult for Edwards to get back on the field (Aiavion is getting back to full health soon). Taylor has great ability to play downhill. He rally finds the correct ďfitĒ and is like a laser guided missile headed straight to the ball carrier. When teams run away from Young, it fits his skill set perfectly. Itís when teams run right at the smallish linebacker that Taylor struggles. Taylor got run over by the larger WVU running back when the Will Linebacker met the back right in the hole. On the other hand, when Taylor had to meet a lead blocker, the Will Linebacker was able to stuff the block and plug the hole. In fact, there were several times in the game that if Taylor didnít make the play, you wonder which Baylor Bear would have. He was the only Bear getting to the ball on some of these plays. A 2nd quarter personal foul on Taylor extended WVUís drive down to the Baylor 23-yard line and this drive eventually resulted in a WVU touchdown that pushed them ahead 21-20. On 3rd down midway through the 3rd quarter, Young teamed with Brence to get a quality sack of Trickett and force a punt. Taylor is very quick and utilizes this quality to get to the QB almost before the signal caller can get setup.
Collin Brence (38) was very active in the game. He had 5 tackles and an excellent tackle for a 1-yard loss. His coverage was pretty good, but he has yet to appear to be able to master the art of undercutting the quick out route by the inside receiver (a la Eddie Lackey).
To be honest, for much of the game, it seemed that Brence and Young were getting to the ball quicker than Bryce Hager. Bryce seemed to be playing much too laterally.
The Baylor secondary gave up 6 pass interference penalties, one facemask penalty, and one defensive holding penalty. All of these penalties are automatic first downs, too. Almost unbelievably, the Bears were flagged for back-to-back defensive pass interference penalties in the 3rd quarter (the first on Burt and the second on Howard). In addition, Trickett was very accurate to his hot reads when the Bears tried to bring pressure. Most of the pressure didnít get to Trickett fast enough to keep the WVU quarterback from getting the pass off to his receiver. The WVU receivers were very aggressive to the ball and just beat the defensive backs by enough to make the catch.
Orion Stewart (28) had 11 tackles in the game. This was the second time in Orionís career that he recorded double-digit tackles in a game. Orion needs to be a little more physical when he has to tackle in the open field near the 1st down marker. Orion allowed Buie to run through him for 4 extra yards on 3rd and 5 and just get beyond the line to gain when Spencer Roth had WVU backed up inside their own 10-yard line. On 3rd and 7 in the 2nd quarter, Orion was called for a pass interference penalty in the end zone that gave the Mountaineers a first down on the Baylor 2-yard line, instead of forcing a field goal. Orion is getting better at jumping the square-in and then bailing to get under the post by the outside receiver. This improvement will mean better coverage on these deep passes as the season continues.
Terrell Burt (13) had 7 tackles against WVU. Terrell was called for a 1st quarter pass interference penalty that the television shot did not give any hint of contact. To be fair to the officials, the contact could have happened earlier in the route while the ball was in the air. But from the video available, there was no contact whatsoever. On the opening drive by WVU in the 2nd half, Terrell got nailed for another pass interference penalty. It seemed that Terrell was in decent shape and he had help from Ryan Reid behind the receiver, but Burt just ran into the receiver prior to the ball arriving.
Xavien Howard (4) was flagged 4 times for pass interference (one was declined because White caught the ball for a touchdown) and a personal foul for a facemask penalty. It wasnít all bad for Xavien. In the 1st quarter, Xavien stepped in front of a Mountaineer receiver on a throw that was slightly behind to pick off the pass for his 3rd interception of the season. Xavien took the ball back for a 15-yard return. In addition, Xavien had 2 passes that he broke up in the game. One of these PBUs was on a 3rd down and 13 in the 1st quarter. With the Will Linebacker working to the wide side, Xavien was alone in coverage. The big corner hung right on the backside of the receiver, reached around, and swatted the ball away. This is a big time play. Xavien has been very good in coverage for most of the season. In fact, it was Coach Bennettís move of Xavien to cover the lightning quick receiver (7) for TCU that began the turning of the tide in the Bearsí last game. When matched up with Kevin White, Xavien was just a little less than able to lock up with the big, fast, talented Mountaineer receiver. But it wasnít all bad. Xavien showed excellent range when he was working in the outside quarter of the deep field. While he wasnít able to knock down an early throw up the vertical seam to Smallwood on the wide side, Howard covered a lot of ground and almost made the play (he did make the tackle). Xavien did a great job of reacting to a potential slip screen to White, knocking the ball away before the play could develop. Even when Howard got called for pass interference, it seemed his technique had improved from previous games. Xavien is doing a much better job of staying off the receiver and working to the point where the hands are reaching for the ball. Xavien is only making slight contact with the body on many of these calls. The interference call on Whiteís touchdown to put the Mountaineers ahead in the 4th quarter still confuses me. White reaches out and holds the hand of Howard to keep him at armís length. White uses that leverage to gain space for the fade route and Howard is flagged for interference having made no contact except with his hand held in Whiteís hand. You have to credit White with a great catch on the play.
Whether it was because of coverage or because the Mountaineersí game plan was designed to go another way, Ryan Reid (9) was NOT the focus of the WVU passing game Ė it was his buddy on the other side (matched up with White). A lot of the time, WVU had only one receiver to Reidís side. This made it possible for him to get additional help from the safety. For most of the afternoon, when the Mountaineers tested him, Ryan did a great job of pinning the receiver to the sidelines and maintaining leverage on the ball. Reid did a great job of breaking up a pass. Reid gave up a defensive holding penalty in the 2nd quarter. This holding rubbed out an excellent play Ryan made on the ball when Trickett threw a deep post against the single coverage of Reid. Reid did a great job of avoiding contact and reaching around the receiver to bat the ball away at the last second. Midway through the 3rd quarter, Reid did a great job of attacking the football on a post throw to the deep middle. This pass should have been caught, but Ryan never quit working on the ball and pulled it out prior to the receiver completing the catch. Ryan gave up the last MVU touchdown when he pulled off a pick route. If Reid had continued to stay with the receiver, the Mountaineer would have had to make contact (thus drawing an offensive pass interference penalty). Because Ryan quit on his coverage, no penalty occurred. Until this play, the outcome was still in doubt.
Jimmy Landes (50), the Bearsí deep-snapper, got a fumble recovery when he alertly got right on the ball when Daryl Worley muffed the punt at the beginning of the 2nd quarter.
The Bears continue to struggle with being able to maintain their rush lanes in the 3-man front. WVU was able to rip off big yardage on a draw play. On another 3rd and long play (11 to go) from the WVU 8-yard line, Trickett had all day to survey the field and found a receiver between 3 defenders for a 14 yard gain that kept the drive alive. Baylor had just spent a timeout, thinking that the Bears would be getting the ball back in good field position. Instead, WVU took the ball downfield and kicked a field goal as time expired in the first half, extending the Mountaineer lead to 24-21.
I know that post-game interviews are done when the competitors are still a ďlittle heated up,Ē but I thought that Dana Holgersonís comments about the secondary of Baylor were out of line. But maybe Iím just a little touchy after watching my team get that many penalties and lose to the Mountaineers by two touchdowns.
Originally Posted by ftblbob5
The undefeated season of the 2014 Baylor Bear football team came to an end on Saturday, October 18th, in Morgantown, West Virginia on a cloudy, 52-degree afternoon. The Bears brought their nation-leading, high powered Offense and top ten Defense into the Appalachian Mountains and saw what had been a Baylor juggernaut grind to a crawl against a defense that was previously mediocre, at best, and a pretty decent opposing offense. The Bears could not overcome the deluge of penalties, missed assignments, injuries, and dropped passes that caused both sides of the ball to underperform. As a result, the Bears are now fighting an uphill climb to qualify for the national playoffs as a one win team with a relatively light out of conference schedule (but a very difficult conference schedule).
The Bears were tagged with 215 yards in penalties. This was the most penalty yards in school history and by any team in the history of the Big XII conference. Almost inconceivably, the Bears were flagged for defensive pass interference 7 times (one was declined because White caught the ball anyway for a touchdown). In addition, the Baylor receivers were flagged twice for offensive pass interference (a penalty that almost insures that the offense will have great difficulty overcoming the 15 yards to get a 1st down). The Baylor special teams had a delay of game on getting set up for a punt and two illegal blocks (one by Wright and one by Waz). Also, Kendall Ehrlich (16) was flagged for kick catch interference in the 3rd quarter, moving the ball from the WVU 27-yard line to the 42-yard line. In this flag-fest, WVU was penalized 14 times for 138 yards, indicating that the officials were an equal opportunity group.
The Baylor offense was able to generate (only) 22 first downs, 5 by rushing, 10 by passing, and 7 by penalty. This is significantly below the Bearsí average output. In addition, the Bears only rushed for 95 yards on 42 attempts for a 2.3 yards per carry average. The Bearsí passing game was not much better. Baylor threw 37 passes in the game and completed only 16 of them. Historically, the Bears (under Coach Briles) have been able to complete around 60-70% of their passing attempts. This yearís unit is way below that number in completion percentage. The Bears were sacked 4 times, caused by a solid blitz scheme by the Mountaineers and by a lack of communication and recognition on the part of the Baylor pass protectors. The Bearsí offense generated only 318 yards. This is almost 300 yards below their average production in 2014.
It seems that the Baylor offense continues to struggle against quality competition in the red zone. The Bears were able to get inside the 20 yard line 4 times. While the offense scored 2 touchdowns (the second of these didnít come easily), the Bears were forced to settle for a field goal on one trip to the red zone and were turned away on downs on the critical 4th quarter trip. The Bears were as ineffective on 3rd down as they have ever been (since the KU game in 2012); converting only 3 out of 16 3rd down plays into first downs (an 18.8% success rate). Even worse, the Bears were 0 for 2 on 4th down conversions. This lack of effectiveness on third and fourth down caused the Bears to have to punt 9 times in the game (and give it up on downs on 2 possessions). Given the fact that Spencer Roth (36) has often been relegated to the sidelines for entire games, this almost double digit number of punts is very surprising.
By the way, Spencer did a great job of punting in Morgantown. Roth had a 69-yard punt in the 2nd quarter and a 56-yard coffin-corner punt that went out of bounds at the WVU 1-yard line in the 1st quarter. Spencer had 4 punts that landed inside the opponentís 20-yard line and 3 punts that had to be fair caught. One of his punts was muffed by Worley and recovered by the Bears and the only other punt that was attempted to return was held to a 2-yard advance. This gave Spencer a 44.7 yard net average per punt (and this is with punting down inside the 20-yard line 4 times).
The offensive lineís performance in the game against the Mountaineers was not one of their best. The Baylor line really struggled with the physical and active defensive linemen of the Mountaineers. It was difficult to get quality movement on a consistent basis against these players, especially in the second half (where the Baylor offensive line usually shines). Baylor gave up 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage on Saturday. The 3-3 defense of WVU gave the Bears trouble all afternoon with recognition of the structure of the defense and with blitz pickup. As a result, the quarterback was sacked 4 times and hurried one other time. Shaq Riddick accounted for 3 sacks (by himself) and Brandon Golson got the other one. This kind of pressure creates uncertainty in the passing game that the Bears appeared unused to handling. The offensive line contributed two 1st quarter false start penalties (Fuller and Broxton) to the penalty-fest the Bears endured on the afternoon.
The Bears were starting Jarell Broxton (61) at right guard for the second time this season. Jarell was replacing 2-year starter, Desmine Hilliard. Jarell might not be quite the load of a drive blocker as Desmine was, but it appears that he might have a little better balance. On a sweep/read, Jarell inexplicably left the defender to his inside alone (the center had to block back on a backside A gap player to protect that area because of the backside guard pull). This player made the play on the quarter back in the backfield because Jarell didnít recognize the structure of the defense. Broxton was spelled by Tyler Edwards (62).
Troy Baker (75) has been a terrific player and an even better leader for the Baylor offensive line since he took over as a starter 3 years ago. Baker has been a very effective right tackle. He handled the run and the pass with equal effectiveness. He demonstrated the hard work it took to overcome difficult injury to his peers. I think I will remember Troy holding his head in despair when he finally got to the bench for a long time. His presence in the Baylor offensive line will be sorely missed. You have to be impressed with the physical nature of the Mountaineer defensive line. One of the WVU DEs knocked Baker 2-yards back on a simple zone play. I donít think Iíve seen that very often.
Pat Colbert (69) came into the game at right tackle when Baker went to the sidelines. Pat gave up a sack that stopped the Baylor drive on the opening possession of the 4th quarter. Pat was beaten around the edge by a speed rush. You might have thought the quarterback would step up slightly to help his tackle get the block. Tyler Edwards did a great job of opening a hole for Linwoodís best run of the day. Edwards got a really good drive block on the WVU defensive tackle.
Because of the losses on the right side, it will be important for the left side of the offensive line to be very solid for the remainder of the season. Left tackle Spencer Drango (58) and left guard Blake Muir (73) will be the primary go-to-guys when Baylor has to have a play. Drango was matched up with a lightning quick defensive end that gave the big tackle fits. Drango was able to keep this player off of Petty, but it took every ounce of Spencerís quickness to be able to do it. On 1st and 10 at the WVU 15-yard line, Spencer was beaten badly on a pinch stunt by the Mountaineer DE. This penetration left the Baylor running back nowhere to go and resulted in a two yard loss.
Kyle Fuller (55) continues to struggle with pass protection on blitz pickup. On the first series of the second half, it appears that Kyle didnít get the protection correct and he allowed a defensive tackle to run right past him for a huge sack. Kyle turned to the right and the left guard and tackle fanned to the left. A series later, Kyle got beaten vertically and this forced a scramble by Petty that ended up on the Baylor bench with Petty in pain. Kyle got called for unsportsmanlike conduct when he and a WVU defender exchanged what could have been construed as punches on a play where the Baylor quarterback and running back had a botched exchange on a zone/read. Kyle must keep his emotions under control. Kyleís drive blocking is improving. When the big center gets his hips behind him, he is able to really move the defensive linemen.
Shock Linwood (32) was held to 69 total yards on 21 carries for an average per carry of 3.3 yards (much below his season average). Shock did have one terrific score in the game when he ran through tackles that might have stopped an average back for a loss and, with great second and third effort, scored a 3rd quarter 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 27-27. This run could only be made by a young man that had decided that he would not be denied. Shock continues to show a lot of heart, even when the running lanes are very small. This run was made possible by very good blocks by the right side. Broxton, Colbert, and Armstead did a great job of driving their men into the end zone. Shock beat the defenders that had penetrated on the left side and found just enough room to run on the right. Despite the low output, Shock is still the leading rusher in the Big XII Conference.
Devin Chafin (28), still nursing a high ankle sprain, contributed some quality carries in the second half, and rushing for 31 yards on 7 carries for a 4.4 yards per carry average. Devin continues to demonstrate excellent speed to bounce outside and the strength to run through arm tackles for extra yardage. It seems that Devin has the ability to run through the tackle of the first opponent. This ability makes it possible for him to get additional yardage that doesnít appear to be available.
Bryce Petty (14) had a very difficult day. This difficulty was partly due to the increased pressure that was generated by the Mountaineer defense. In addition, the coverage provided by the WVU secondary and linebackers was outstanding, despite the loss of both of the starting WVU cornerbacks. Petty was 16-36 for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unlike most Baylor games, Bryce was able to complete passes to only 4 different receivers. In fact, 14 of the 16 completed passes went to two of those receivers. Several times, Petty chose to throw short crossing routes or slants in 3rd and long. While this is often dictated by blitz or coverage, it seemed Bryce wanted to get the ball out of his hand and was loath to look for a receiver further down field. In addition, it seems that Bryce is very hesitant to take his responsibility of carrying the football on the zone/read. The WVU DEs and outside linebackers almost totally ignored Bryce on these plays, coming flat down the line of scrimmage to grab the heels of the running backs as they tried to get up into the line of scrimmage. This should not be allowed to happen. Bryce took one sack that is hard to explain. He got plenty of time, and then rolled late to his right. Pursued by a DL, Petty didnít throw the ball away, even though he was out of the pocket. The only explanation is that Bryce never knew the defender was behind him. Bryce continues to have communication problems with Antwan Goodley. As we have seen in several previous games, Goodley reads one thing and Bryce reads another. In addition, this problem is amplified by the fact that Bryce continues to hurry his reads, even when he isnít under pressure. Petty was off-target several times. When receivers were open, he would throw high on intermediate routes. Bryce made a beautiful throw to Corey Coleman on a go route from the inside receiver position. The angle of this throw is very difficult and Bryce put it right on the money. In the 4th quarter, it seemed that Bryce got tunnel vision for Antwan. Almost every throw went that way on a critical drive with 10 minutes to go in the game. Late in the game, WVU was consistently bringing 7 against 6 blockers. Bryce could never make that connection that made their man-to-man coverage pay for this strategy.
Despite the less-than-Heismanesque performance, Bryce still moved into 3rd place (ahead of JJ Joe) on Baylorís career passing yards list, with 6,097 yards thus far in his time in the Bearsí system.
It seemed that the fact that WVU was playing cover 1 (man with a free safety) much of the afternoon that the Bears werenít willing to test the vertical passing game as much. As a result, the offense focused on the intermediate passing game much more. In addition, almost all of the Baylor receivers were struggling to get off of the very impressive press coverage technique of the WVU defenders.
Antwan Goodley (5) was the Bearsí leading receiver with 9 catches for 132 yards and a 63-yard touchdown, greatly aided by an awesome block by Corey Coleman (1). Antwan moved into 7th on Baylorís career receiving yards list (2,009 yards), passing Lanear Sampson, Dominique Zeigler, Trent Shelton, and Melvin Bonner and Goodley moved past David Gettis for 12th place on Baylorís list of career receptions (117). Antwan was very good at the short side stop route against man-to-man coverage. Because Antwan is so fast and strong, defenders are very hesitant to allow the 2013 All-American receiver to run by them. When Antwan staggers his stem, defenders almost always err on the side of taking away the deep move. This gives Goodley plenty of room to make the intermediate catches. When Antwan catches these balls, he is a real chore to tackle for most cornerbacks (although he appears to be less physical this fall than we saw last year). Antwan did a great job of beating the cornerís coverage on a 4th and 7 play at the WVU 26-yard line. Antwan stuck the foot inside and convinced the corner that he was running a slant. The Bear, then, ran right by the defender to present Bryce Petty with one of the most open targets the quarterback saw all night. Bryce overthrew Antwan. One of the cardinal rules of quarterbacking is NEVER overthrow a receiver that is behind everyone. This seemed to be another case of Bryce hurrying when there was no need to hurry. This was a very big miss. This possible TD could have made the score 20-7 just a few minutes into the 2nd quarter. In something of atonement for this play, when Antwan beat the corner in a similar fashion midway through the 2nd quarter, Bryce gave the ball more air (not overthrowing it) and Antwan took this reception 63-yards for a touchdown. One thing that has been gnawing at me is that Antwan doesnít attack the defenders after the catch like we saw last fall. This year (possible because of his leg injury) the receiver is running sideways more than he is running vertically through the tackles of defenders. His yards after the catch on intermediate routes are way down.
Corey Coleman caught 5 passes for 77 yards and an opening quarter touchdown on a perfectly placed back-shoulder fade. Corey is getting much better on the fake the drag and go deep route. He force a pass interference on a WVU DB in the 1st quarter because Colemanís inside fake had convinced the defender that Corey was going to cross the field on the route. Corey still needs to learn to fight for the ball harder on the jump ball vertical throws. With a little over 7 minutes to go in the 1st quarter, Corey had a fade route down the Baylor sidelines and into the end zone. Instead of leaning into the defender, instead of leaping and catching the ball at its highest point, Corey continued to race down the sidelines and had the ball knocked away by the good coverage of the WVU DB. Another time when Corey didnít attack a route as aggressively as you would like was a 3rd and 12 route at the WVU 17-yard line. The Mountaineers were bringing the heat and Corey broke off his route into a quick slant. The WVU defender jammed Corey and Coleman stopped running the route, looking for a flag. While it did seem that the defender hit Corey while the ball was on the way, if Corey had continued to fight for the ball he might have gotten the flag he was seeking. On the play previous to Coreyís offensive pass interference penalty, Corey had been jammed by the WVU defender and Bryce Petty had been sacked. On the next play, Corey got to the point of his stop route and extended his arm to gain separation. Corey probably didnít need to do this (his route had been very good), but he probably had gotten frustrated by not being able to get separation on the previous play.
KD Cannon (9) had a very poor game. Obviously he is just a true freshman. But Cannon must perform better than he did on Saturday to deserve playing time with the number one group of receivers. On 3rd and 10 from the WVU 21-yard line, the Mountaineers brought 7 and played zero coverage (straight man coverage). KD couldnít even get off the line of scrimmage. Usually, this is a touchdown for the Bears because there is no deep defender. Beat the press coverage and score. KD couldnít get a release. Petty had to throw the ball away. Another example of KD being overmatched was when he and Corey Coleman ended up being right next to each other at the point of the catch. This was caused by KD getting jammed off of his route and into Coreyís route. In one of the biggest plays of the game (3rd and 8 at the Baylor 45-yard line with the Bears trailing 41-27), KD got behind the defense and Petty put the ball right on the freshmanís hands. The normally sure handed Mt. Pleasant-product seemed to not get his eyes and hands to work together, because the ball bounced off and fell harmlessly to the ground. KD had one catch for 10 yards. One that play, KD got soft coverage, drove the defender deep and then came back for a quality gain.
Clay Fuller (23) had an opportunity at a big play for a significant gain when he broke behind the safety vertically in the 1st quarter. Fuller couldnít quite track the ball well enough and the pass fell incomplete. It was a tough catch opportunity, but it seemed Clay didnít close inside on the ball quickly enough. Clay did have a very good 33-yard return of a kickoff. Clay couldnít get open on an option route on 3rd and 8 at the end of the 1st half. Fuller seems to be a little slow out of his cuts on a swirl route (where the receiver sells the drag and then retraces his steps to run an out. When Petty left the ball a little too far inside on a fade route by Levi Norwood out of the inside receiver position, Levi did a great job of becoming a defensive back and swatting the ball away from the safety, averting what would have probably been an interception in the WVU end zone. Jay Lee (4) got called for offensive pass interference in the 4th quarter. Later, Jay missed a real opportunity to score when he allowed a quick slant route to go through his hands right at the goal line. On the last offensive play for the Bears, Jay ran the fade route too close to the sidelines and came down with the ball (nice catch) out of bounds.
TreVon Armstead (41) had a poor day blocking. On a 3rd and 3 trap play at the WVU 26-yard line, TreVon blocked the defender outside of the one he should have blocked and this created a 3-4 yard loss on what could have been a good play. Later in the 2nd quarter, TreVon completely misses a linebacker block as he turns up into the hole on a power scheme play. This defender gets another tackle for a loss created by a missed block by the Baylor tight end. On the next play, TreVon is lead blocking on the WVU safety. The safety hits TreVon so hard that it knocks the 6í6, 270 pound tight end right on his butt. This just canít happen. On this play, it appeared that TreVon simply passed up the edge defender (DE) that he probably should have blocked. This defender made the play on the Baylor running back at the line of scrimmage.
Overall, the perimeter blocking by the Baylor receiving corps was substandard. Usually this guys are quick at anticipating the leverage and get square to the defender. On Saturday, it seemed that the receivers were just a step too slow at anticipating where they needed to be on running plays that bounced outside.
You have to be impressed with the manner in which the WVU Mountaineers overcame the injuries to their two starting cornerbacks and the starting running back. Those second line players did a great job of coming in and not losing a step. The corners were especially impressive because they were able to cover the highly-regarded Baylor wide receivers for most of the afternoon. Given the loss of a corner as highly regarded as Worley, you would have thought the Bears might be able to take advantage of that matchup more. The fact that the replacement was able to maintain good coverage might be a warning that the Baylor passing game might not be quite as imposing as it was previously. We shall see.
On the positive side, the Baylor offense had no turnovers for the 3rd time this season. Chris Callahan (40) had two field goals on two attempts at over 30 yards. Just an aside: I donít know why Baylor continues to try the speed option. Even when RGIII was the quarterback, the speed option was not a good play for the Bears. I love the speed option. I think it is a terrific play when run correctly. But Baylor just doesnít make the end play the quarterback. The quarterback consistently pitches the ball too soon and the DE can get flat down the line and making the play on the back.
The Bears went into the 4th quarter tied at 27 and had the ball. This is usually when the offense begins to impose its will on the opponent. Instead, the Mountaineers dominated the game from that point and pulled away with 14 points while shutting out the Bears in the quarter.