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Baylor vs. Northwestern State: The Morning After -- Highlights, Notes, Links, Tweets, Stats

It's not all that often you score 70 points in a college football game, unless you're Baylor. Then it is.

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(0-2, 0-0) NR/NR
0 3 3 0 6
28 21 7 14 70

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 45,034

(2-0, 0-0) 10/9

Major Contributors:

QB Seth Russell -- 16/25 for 438 yards and 5 TDs, 1 rushing TD
WR K.D. Cannon -- 6 catches for 223 yards and 3 TDs
WR Davion Hall -- 4 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD
WR Jay Lee -- 2 catches for 75 yards and 1 TD
RB Johnny Jefferson -- 20 carries for 108 yards and 1 TD
RB Silas Nacita -- 14 carries for 104 yards and 2 TDs
RB Rashodrick Linwood -- 11 carries for 34 yards, 2 catches for 53 yards

LB Bryce Hager -- 11 tackles, 1.5 TFL
LB Taylor Young -- 9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack
DE K.J. Smith -- 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Quick Thoughts:

I was prepared for a little rain before or during the game because that's what the phrase "isolate thunderstorms" generally means.  I was not prepared for torrential downpours better described as the wrath of an angry god than anything "isolated."  The tailgating areas were inundated after just a few minutes, and the rain went on for an hour.

The story of the game was obviously the connection between Seth Russell and true freshman K.D. Cannon, who put up the #2 receiving game in Baylor history in game #2 of his college career.  Even considering the opponent, Russell looked simply phenomenal, standing tall in the pocket with his eyes downfield and delivering rocket after rocket to our fleet-footed receivers.  For a guy whose biggest question mark at this point is decisionmaking, I saw very few, if any, truly bad decisions.  Baylor made a concerted effort to get our RBs involved in the passing game -- a development that is tremendously exciting for our offense going forward -- and Russell executed that portion of the offense competently and without hesitation.

Defensively, Baylor showed almost nothing schematically in this game worth writing home about.  Without the benefit of a full replay yet, I believe we only saw the 3-man front twice in the entire game, once with the backups.  At another point, we saw a 2-4-5 on third and 15 or 16, but I'm not entirely sure that was on purpose.  I'll have to watch again.  On the whole, the defense was extremely bland, basically going through the motions against an overmatched opponent that wasn't a threat 5 minutes into the game.

Mark Seymour Top 13

Since we're not doing the BlogPolls anymore to my immense chagrin, I'll give you my Top 15 as it stands right now:

1. Oregon Ducks
2. Georgia Bulldogs
3. Oklahoma Sooners
4. Florida State Seminoles
5. Alabama Crimson Tide
6. Baylor Bears
7. Auburn Tigers
8. USC Trojans
9. Texas A&M Aggies
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
11. LSU Tigers
12. BYU Cougars
13. Michigan State Spartans

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Baylor’s Cannon, Russell guide Bears rout of Northwestern State, 70-6 - Baylor Bears Football
Baylor coach Art Briles didn’t contemplate jumping off the Umphrey Bridge after seeing the injury report before Saturday’s game.

Baylor ‘sailgating’ scene emerges at McLane Stadium - Baylor
What could be better than tailgating before watching a top-ranked football team in a brand-new stadium? Just add water.

Video: No. 10 Baylor Bears 70, Northwestern State Demons 6 - ESPN
Baylor backup quarterback Seth Russell threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, and ran for another touchdown in Baylor's 70-6 win

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's our weekly shout-out to the Big 12's top performers on Saturday. As usual, the choices are never easy but the honorees are always deserving. An

What we learned in Big 12 football: Week 2 - ESPN
Here's what we learned about the Big 12 in Week 2:

No. 10 Football Overwhelms NSU, 70-6 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.comBaylor backup quarterback Seth Russell threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns while playing only the first half, freshman KD Cannon caught three of those scores.

What happened Saturday, Sept. 7 in college football: Scores and more -
Oregon's path is now clear, but that doesn't make it easy. The Big Ten fell to pieces. And don't you ever doubt the quality of a Saturday college football schedule again. Full scores within.

College Football Playoff Threat Watch, Week 2: Bob Stoops beats you with leftovers -
The weekly insta-reaction top five.

2014 bowl and Playoff projections, Week 3: Oregon and Auburn rise -
The Ducks inch closer to the top after what should go down as the biggest win of September, and somebody's gotta help clear some of that Big Ten out of the New Year's games.

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