Despite injuries to 3 of our top 4 offensive players coming into this game, Baylor managed to top the 60-point mark for the 6th time this season. Nobody else has more than 3. We also piled up 675 yards of offense, 11 off our season average. What looked like a close shootout headed into the half turned into a snoozefest down the stretch, as the Baylor defense held Tech to just 154 total yards and 7 points in the second half.
The story of the game from Baylor's side has to be the performances of redshirt freshmen Rashodrick Linwood and Devin Chafin at RB. The two, asked to step in to roles typically filled by senior Glasco Martin and junior Lache Seastrunk, amassed 184 and 100 yards on 29 and 11 carries, respectively. You take that every time from your starters, much less your third and fourth string. Little-used Anthony Webb actually got into the game late, as well, adding 17 yards of his own on 4 carries.
For Baylor's passing game, the results were decidedly mixed. Bryce Petty ended up with 335 yards on 17/31 passing with 3 TDs and no INTs, bringing his season total for passing TDs to 24. He also had 2 rushing touchdowns, bringing his total there to 10. At 34 touchdowns combined, he has Robert Griffin III's program record of 47 touchdowns in a season in his sights. It looks like he'll get, at worst, 4 more games to get there.
With the win, next week's primetime matchup with Oklahoma State, who also won in impressive fashion today, looms large. The Cowboys have just 1 loss in conference play this season and can win the conference (for all intents and purposes) by beating Baylor at home. We haven't played well in Stillwater historically, so this will be the biggest test of the season to date.
I may change that defensive pick when the stats come out. For now, the ESPN box score.
- Do you think this game elevated or hurt Bryce Petty in the Heisman race?
- With Stanford's loss to USC, do we pass Ohio State? Should we?
- Who are your players of the game?
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