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Texas WR Jaxon Shipley breaks the Baylor secondary to set the offense up on the 3-yard line.
At one point this season, many Baylor fans felt yet another season of disappointment looming on the horizon and all anyone could blame was the defense.
RG3 and company had the offense on a roll, for even in the three losses against top 25 teams, the Bears averaged over 500 total yards per game and a combined 87 points.
However, as the cliche goes, "defense wins championships." Now, even though the rushing defense was nothing to gloat about this season, it was better than the sorry secondary Baylor fielded this year.
Rewind to the Baylor-UT game in which Griffin locked up his Heisman trophy and the defense stepped up big post-halftime.
Well, in the first half, the Baylor secondary allowed two huge pass plays to cut right through its defense; a 78 yard pass to Jaxon Shipley that set the UT offense up on the 3-yard line and, on its next possession, an 80 yard pass to Luke Poehlmann, both of which were shot on a crossing route in the middle of the secondary.
To top if off, Poehlmann ran into the end zone untouched! Had the secondary been able to stop these two momentum-swinging plays, UT would have been out of the game long before they actually were.
That being said, the Baylor defense improved its overall game following the blowout loss to OSU. However, if Baylor plans to break the top ten before the bowl announcements next season, they have to learn to stop the deep pass and, when it inevitably happens, prevent the six points from opening day on.