|RICE (2-2, 0-0)||10||0||7||0||17|
|BAYLOR (3-0, 0-0)||21||21||21||7||70|
Waco, Texas - Attendance: 43,619
Players of the Game:
QB Seth Russell -- 12/16 for 277 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs
WR Corey Coleman -- 6 catches for 100 yards, 3 TDs
RB Shock Linwood -- 16 carries for 158 yards, 1 TD
(I will update with defensive players when we get official stats.)
Full Stats (via ESPN.com's recap).
5 Quick Thoughts:
- We finally got to see some of the offensive creativity we've been missing early in this game with a few designed QB runs, the return of Corey Coleman as a running back out of the backfield, and well-designed passes to Penning and Jefferson (the latter of which came out of the backfield). The announcers mentioned that Baylor's coaching staff told them they were intentionally keeping things bland in previous games, confirming our suspicions. That actually makes me very happy.
- Once again, the final score doesn't tell the story of how well the defense played in this game. Both touchdown drives for Rice started on our own 24-yard-line after a long kickoff return and fumbled reverse, respectively. The inability to hold them to field goals on those drives may be a problem, but I can't fault them for giving up points on extremely short fields. Otherwise, as I described above, the defense was fantastic.
- Seth Russell completed 12 passes today and 6 went for touchdowns. He had more touchdowns than incomplete passes. Rice's secondary is pretty terrible, but those are good stats against air.
- Even without Devin Chafin, the running game looked leaps and bounds better than 2014 once again. Shock Linwood, Johnny Jefferson, and Terrance Williams all looked great in their respective roles, and I couldn't be happier.
- Ishmael Wilson didn't do himself any favors with those two 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter. Can't be doing that when you are fighting to replace Spencer Drango next year.
- Yesterday, I predicted that our defensive line could have a huge day against Rice, but I didn't think it would be this huge. Shawn Oakman had his way with Rice's LT repeatedly, Andrew Billings dominated the inside, and Jamal Palmer got in on the action with a sack. Finally, we saw what we expected to see from them this season.
BONUS THOUGHT: Corey Coleman is the best receiver in the country.