Same old story for Baylor football. In what was supposed to be its first game against a legitimate defense, the Bears delivered an early knockout punch to the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday in Waco.
Coming into the game, it seemed like a somewhat feasible idea that West Virginia’s defense could keep Baylor’s score in the 40s or 50s.
After all, the Mountaineers were coming off an impressive performance holding Oklahoma State to 21 points. And there’s also the idea that Baylor’s jaw-dropping offensive output was just a byproduct of playing Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe.
But now, we know the Mountaineers’ defense never had a prayer.
On the third play from scrimmage, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty found Antwan Goodley for a quick 61-yard strike with 14:20 left in the first quarter.
Drive after drive Baylor worked its way down the field with ease, scoring seven touchdowns the first eight times it had the football. Baylor took a 56-14 lead into the locker room at halftime, amassing over 600 yards on the way.
And they were drives only in the technical sense of the word. The word “drive” in football has the connotation that the offense slowly and meticulously moved the ball down the field, using clock and wearing down the defense. At least it does to me.
Well, these drives were nothing like that. Baylor’s time of possession for its eight first-half touchdowns were as follows: 0:40, 3:33, 0:09, 0:13, 3:26, 2:23, 1:47 and 1:13.
It has gotten to the point where you cannot turn your back from the TV without Baylor scoring again.
What’s astonishing is they make it look so easy. Almost too easy.
Half of the time, it looks like they just flat out run away from the defense. Whether it is Goodley, Lache Seastrunk, Tevin Reese or one of the eight other guys Baylor runs out there, they just run towards the open field and no one ever seems to stop them.
The Bears did the exact same thing against West Virginia that they did in the first three games against the “cupcakes”. By the time this one was over, Baylor had rewritten several record books.
I think it’s safe to say Baylor is getting noticed nationally, and all the talk about the similarities to Oregon have fans dreaming of a bowl matchup at season’s end.
Never mind the fact that a Baylor-Oregon game would take about five hours to get through, Art Briles and the Bears know the road to a premier bowl game is too far away to talk about.
The first order of business for the Bears is to do something they have never done—win at Kansas State. Assuming they get through that game, the schedule is pretty soft until that much-anticipated Thursday, Nov. 7, night game in Waco against Oklahoma.
If both teams remain undefeated, it will be the Big 12 game of the year. And with an offense like Baylor’s, I don’t see anyone stopping that from happening.