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Baylor Football 2014-2015 Final Offensive/Defensive Statistics

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With the 2014-15 season now over, we can take stock of what happened statistically in another Big 12 Championship campaign.

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I'm going to dispense with the necessity of a long introduction to jump right to the stats, beginning with a few 35,000-foot notes from this season courtesy of BaylorBears.com's cumulative stats sheet and Sports-Reference.com's 2014 Baylor profile page.

Baylor Team Summary:

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties Turnovers
Split G Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int Tot
Offense 13 24.8 39.9 62.2 365.9 2.9 47.6 215.5 4.5 3.3 87.5 581.5 6.6 14.8 13.2 2.1 30.1 9.8 88.4 0.4 0.6 1.0
Defense 13 19.2 35.1 54.6 264.2 1.8 37.3 117.7 3.2 1.3 72.4 381.8 5.3 9.8 6.5 3.3 19.7 6.8 66.6 1.0 1.0 2.0
Difference +5.6 +4.8 +7.6 +101.7 +1.1 +10.3 +97.8 +1.3 +2.0 +15.1 +199.7 +1.3 +5.0 +6.7 -1.2 +10.4 +3.0 +21.8 -0.6 -0.4 -1.0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2015.

There are a few things worthy of note here:

  • Baylor finished the season with 7559 total yards in 13 games, down from a program-record 8044 a year ago.  That's despite running 64 more plays this season, or about 5 per game.  Thus our yards per play average fell nearly a full yard from 7.5 in 2013 to 6.6 this season.  The biggest reason for the fall this year?  Rushing offense.  Our ypc average fell exactly .9 this season, a 1-for-1 decline with our yards per play.
  • On defense, Baylor allowed 4964 yards in 13 games, up from last year's 4684.  That represents a .5 increase in yards per play.  The big culprit there is our pass defense, which took a 700-yard step back this season (turns out allowing Tech to throw for roughly a million on us in JerryWorld hurt those stats).  The rushing defense actually improved by 360 yards (from 1890 in 2013 to 1530 in 2014).  Both years' stats include sacks, so keep that in mind.
  • This probably won't come as a surprise to you given how our last few games finished, but Baylor was actually outscored in the fourth quarter this year 110-107.  We continued our dominance of the first half, outscoring our opponents 371 to 145.
  • This could probably go below with the defensive stats, but we finished the season with 37 sacks in 13 games, up from 32 a year ago. Somewhat surprisingly, our number of tackles for loss actually went down from 99 to 94.  I did not expect that.

The Quarterbacks:

Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Bryce Petty 270 428 63.1 3855 9.0 9.6 29 7 157.8
2 Seth Russell 48 85 56.5 804 9.5 10.8 8 1 164.6
3 Chris Johnson 4 4 100.0 45 11.3 11.3 0 0 194.5
4 Jay Lee 1 1 100.0 53 53.0 73.0 1 0 875.2
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2015.

No, your eyes do not deceive you; Levi Norwood did not attempt a pass this season.  But three others did, and all performed extremely well on the whole.

Bryce Petty finished his senior season 145 yards short of 4,000 despite missing the second half against SMU and all of Northwestern State due to injury.  Even with a couple of subpar games by his standards, he improved his completion percentage from 62.0 to 63.1 on the season with several strong performances late.  I would be remiss if I did not note that he actually threw 25 more passes this season than in 2013 and had two different games this year where he attempted more than 50 passes.  For the sake of comparison, Nick Florence and Robert Griffin III had just one each in their entire careers (@ISU in 2012 for Florence, @OSU in 2011 for RGIII).  I don't know what that means for sure, but I think it reflects a rushing offense that we already thought might not have been up to our usual standards.

For his career, Petty finished #2 in Baylor history in passing yards with 8195, #1 in passer rating at 166.0 over two seasons, and with a touchdown/interception ratio of 62/10 (62 being #2 in career passing touchdowns, as well).  He's also #1 in yards per attempt for his career at 9.7.  If he's not #1 in a passing category for Baylor, it's because he's #2 behind a Heisman Trophy winner in RGIII.  The comparison between them isn't and never will be perfect since RGIII started from his second game as a true freshman while Petty had three years and change to prepare for his opportunity, but there you go.

As for Seth Russell-- as I've mentioned before both here and on Twitter, if he starts for the Bears in 2015, he will do so with significantly more experience than the guy I just lauded for two paragraphs.  Revisionist history aside, I can tell you that there were a lot of questions about Bryce's ability to lead this offense heading into last season since we'd seen so little of him.  There are similar questions about Russell, particularly with regard to his decision-making, but it's plainly false to say that Petty was in any way tested where Russell isn't.

The Running Backs:

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Rashodrick Linwood 251 1252 5.0 16 7 90 12.9 0 258 1342 5.2 16
2 Johnny Jefferson 100 524 5.2 6 1 16 16.0 0 101 540 5.3 6
3 Bryce Petty 84 101 1.2 6 84 101 1.2 6
4 Devin Chafin 80 383 4.8 8 3 34 11.3 0 83 417 5.0 8
5 Seth Russell 32 185 5.8 3 32 185 5.8 3
6 Silas Nacita 31 191 6.2 3 31 191 6.2 3
9 Chris Johnson 4 29 7.3 0 4 29 7.3 0
11 Anthony Webb 2 2 1.0 0 2 2 1.0 0
12 Spencer Roth 1 19 19.0 0 1 19 19.0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2015.

I pushed this chart far enough to include Spencer Roth's stats only because if there is a list of Best Plays of 2014-15, his run is one of two that absolutely have to be on it for the list to make any sense.

On the season, sophomore Shock Linwood led the Bears in rushing yardage with 1252 (80 yards more than Lache Seastrunk had a year ago), a performance that, when combined with his freshman year, already has him at #9 on the all-time Baylor rushing list.  He needs just 1542 yards over the next two years to jump all the way to #1.

Still, despite his lofty season yardage, Linwood's yards per carry fell nearly two full yards from a year ago (6.9 to 5.0).  A lot of that is increased usage past what anyone probably thought he'd see, a significant part of which is attributable to Devin Chafin's absence for much of the season.

The good news? All three of Baylor's top rushers this season were sophomores or freshman, and they will be joined in 2015 by a 6-3, 240-pound 4* recruit named Terence Williams that redshirted this year.

The Wide Receivers:

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Corey Coleman 11 53 4.8 1 64 1119 17.5 11 75 1172 15.6 12
2 Antwan Goodley 8 71 8.9 0 60 830 13.8 6 68 901 13.3 6
3 K.D. Cannon 2 12 6.0 0 58 1030 17.8 8 60 1042 17.4 8
4 Jay Lee 41 633 15.4 6 41 633 15.4 6
5 Levi Norwood 1 4 4.0 0 35 319 9.1 2 36 323 9.0 2
6 Davion Hall 15 210 14.0 1 15 210 14.0 1
7 Lynx Hawthorne 14 165 11.8 2 14 165 11.8 2
8 Clay Fuller 13 194 14.9 0 13 194 14.9 0
9 Rashodrick Linwood 251 1252 5.0 16 7 90 12.9 0 258 1342 5.2 16
10 Tre'Von Armstead 5 62 12.4 1 5 62 12.4 1
11 Devin Chafin 80 383 4.8 8 3 34 11.3 0 83 417 5.0 8
12 Quan Jones 3 20 6.7 0 3 20 6.7 0
13 Jordan Feuerbacher 2 15 7.5 0 2 15 7.5 0
14 Johnny Jefferson 100 524 5.2 6 1 16 16.0 0 101 540 5.3 6
15 Laquan McGowan 1 18 18.0 1 1 18 18.0 1
16 Gus Penning 1 2 2.0 0 1 2 2.0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2015.

DID YOU KNOW: this was the first time in Baylor history that two different receivers finished the season with 1,000 or more receiving yards?  It's true.  Even with Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams rewriting the Baylor record books in 2011 and 2012, the #2 receiver each year finished with exactly 957 yards (TWill in 2011, Tevin Reese in 2012).  It's an arbitrary line to set, for sure, but it's still awesome to see happen, particularly since one of our two this year was a true freshman, and we'd never see that before, either.

Know what else is interesting?  Corey Coleman led the Bears in receiving with 1119 yards on 64 catches, and he did it in 10 games.  That makes extrapolating his stats over a full season pretty easy: if you assume he'd average the same number of yards and catches in 13 games as 10, he would have finished the season with 83 catches for 1454 yards (rounding down).  Those are actually better numbers than Goodley had in his breakout 2013 campaign (71 catches for 1339 yards).  Corey Coleman is good, y'all, and only a sophomore this year.

Freshman K.D. Cannon was the other receiving revelation for the Bears this year, finishing #2 in yards, #3 in catches, and #2 in touchdowns as a true freshman.  Did I say he was a true freshman?  Because he was a true freshman.  He'll come back next year bigger, stronger, and maybe even faster after having spent another offseason with Kaz and company.

Better watch out for LaQuan McGowan in 2015, too, if only because he's huge and it's always important to know where huge people are in reference to yourself.

Baylor Cumulative Defensive Statistics:

There's not nearly as much to talk about here simply because the statskeepers aren't as good.  That's why the chart below looks different than the others; it's taken from BaylorBears.com rather than Sports-Reference, which inexplicably can't be trusted for individual defensive statistics.

Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS GP Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds Int-Yds BU PD Qbh Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf
44 Hager,Bryce 13 76 38 114 12.0 - 39 2.0 - 15 1 - 36 1 2 8 . 2 . .
11 Young,Taylor 13 58 34 92 8.5 - 45 4.0 - 38 1 - 37 3 4 2 . 2 . .
8C Stewart,Orion 13 53 29 82 . . 4 - 68 3 7 . . . . .
38 Brence,Collin 13 32 23 55 3.5 - 12 1.0 - 7 1 - 1 2 3 7 1 - 0 . . .
13 Burt,Terrell 13 40 13 53 1.0 - 2 . . 6 6 . . 1 . .
4A Howard,Xavien 13 42 9 51 4.5 - 13 1.5 - 9 4 - 40 13 17 1 . . . .
2A Oakman,Shawn 13 38 13 51 19.5 - 89 11.0 - 73 . 3 3 9 3 - 0 3 . .
56 Smith,K.J. 13 28 17 45 10.0 - 58 5.0 - 39 . . . 7 1 - 0 2 . .
95 Blackshear,Beau 13 27 17 44 9.5 - 54 4.5 - 41 . . . 2 1 - 0 . 1 .
75 Billings,Andrew 13 26 11 37 11.5 - 38 2.0 - 17 . . . 9 . 1 . .
20 Edwards,Aiavion 11 20 15 35 2.5 - 8 0.5 - 1 . 3 3 1 1 - 11 1 . .
9A Reid,Ryan 12 31 1 32 . . . 12 12 . 1 - 5 2 . .
48 Blanchard,T. 13 20 11 31 2.5 - 7 . 1 - 0 . 1 1 . . . .
2B Pullom,Alfred 13 11 8 19 . . 1 - 21 . 1 . . . . .
19 Davis,Raaquan 13 8 8 16 . . . . . . . . . .
92 Palmer,Jamal 5 6 8 14 3.0 - 8 2.5 - 8 . . . 2 . . . .
6B Ehrlich,Kendall 13 7 4 11 . . . . . . . . . .
5A Campbell,Grant 13 8 3 11 1.0 - 15 1.0 - 15 . . . 2 . . . .
18 Waz,Chance 11 4 6 10 . . . . . . . . . .
24 Singleton,T. 10 8 2 10 . . . 1 1 . . . . .
90 Magee,Javonte 13 6 3 9 3.5 - 11 1.0 - 7 . . . 2 . . . .
31 Nacita,Silas 13 6 3 9 . . . . . . 1 - 0 1 . .
96 Bonds,Byron 13 5 3 8 . . . . . . 1 - 8 . . .
3 Wright,Tion 11 8 . 8 . . . 1 1 . . . . .
16 Hall,Davion 11 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . .
5B Nance,Brian 13 3 3 6 0.5 - 2 . . . . . 1 - 0 . . .
21 Levels,Patrick 12 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . .
26 Sells,Taion 7 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . .
93 Masumbuko,S. 13 3 2 5 1.0 - 6 1.0 - 6 . . . . . . . .
42 Norwood,Levi 10 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . .
34 Bristow,Lee 9 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . .
15 Penning,Gus 13 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . .
0C Webb,Anthony 2 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . .
88 Brooks,Terell 3 . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . .
9 Cannon,KD 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . .
67 Hilliard,D. 7 1 . 1 . . . . . . . 1 . .
98 Clemons-Valdez 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . .
37 Jaynes,Tyler 4 . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . .
5F Black,Baylor 2 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . .
2D Simpson,Collin 1 . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . .
39 Evans,Spencer 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . .
50 Landes,Jimmy 12 . . . . . . . . . 1 - 0 . . .
60 McGowan,LaQuan 13 . . . . . . . . . 1 - 0 . . .
Total.......... 13 599 294 893 94 - 407 37 - 276 13 - 203 48 61 53 13 - 24 16 1 .
Opponents...... 13 734 298 1032 60 - 225 24 - 152 8 - 67 44 52 25 5 - -3 10 3 .

Sadly, 2014 marks the last time we'll get to see Bryce Hager's name atop our tackles list because everyone has to graduate, eventually.  Hager finished his Baylor career with 322 tackles, 7 sacks, and 24 tackles for loss.

Speaking of tackles for loss, Shawn Oakman finished 2014 with 19.5, just .5 behind the season record for Baylor.  His 11.0 sacks set a new season record that I can only hope he breaks decisively a year from now.  As I mentioned above, the team as a whole finished with 94 tackles for loss and 37 sacks on the season.

The Kicker:

Because I've been accused before of ignoring our special teams contributors...

FIELD GOALS Made-Att Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Long Blkd
Callahan,Chris 18-26 69.2 0-0 8-8 8-12 2-5 0-1 46 3

Reminder: he was a freshman this season, as well.

The Punter:

PUNTING No. Yards Avg Long TB FC I20 50+ Blkd
Roth,Spencer 47 2040 43.4 69 2 19 19 10 0

Roth, unfortunately, was not.  This is the last year we will be privileged enough to have Spencer "The Leg" Roth punting for us.

See anything I missed?  Let me know in the comments.