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Baylor Bears vs. Lamar Cardinals: 2nd Half Game Thread

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Baylor 35, Bad guys 21

Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Sure, we're a spoiled/lucky fan base. As breakthrough success turns into sustained success, our expectations for home games against FCS turn evolve from comfortable wins to wanting to see total destruction. And when the results on the field don't match those lofty expectations, well...

Baylor has disappointed so far in this game. I doubt many national writers are watching this game, so the box score will be how most gather their information for Baylor for this week. And right now, Baylor isn't dominating there.

Matchup
1st Downs 9 18
3rd down efficiency 1-7 2-5
4th down efficiency 0-0 1-2
Total Yards 164 395
Passing 77 286
Comp-Att 9-15 18-22
Yards per pass 4.8 12.4
Interceptions thrown 0 2
Rushing 87 109
Rushing Attempts 22 24
Yards per rush 4.0 4.5
Penalties 11-87 8-48
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles lost 0 1
Interceptions thrown 0 2
Possession 17:21 12:39

The good news is that for those watching, Baylor has looked like the better team for most of the night. The defensive line has dominated the line of scrimmage, the offensive line has won more battles than it's lost, and the Baylor WR look as dominant as advertised. They create outstanding, highlight reel plays, but then follow them up with missed assignments or poor communication leading to turnovers. Instead of a plague of blown tackles, today's disappointment has been more about one or two guys not making being in the right place at the right time.

It's worth noting, it's tough to extrapolate grand conclusions from one half of early season football without our regular offensive playcaller. It's easy to give into that fear, and will be inevitable from our rival fans, but it's probably unwise. Still, Baylor needs to play better if we're going to achieve our goals this year. Hopefully, that starts right about...now.

Tweets! Tweets! Tweets!

Let's check in on our friends to the South...

Hmmm. Well, how is that defense coming along?

Oh, yes, that shouldn't be a problem in the Big 12...

And for the final tweet, let's go to an in game correspondent:

Indeed, Salsa Nacho. Indeed.