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Baylor vs. Rice -- The Morning After -- Highlights, Links, Notes, Tweets

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Will the real Baylor Football please stan--- oh, there you are!

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH F
RICE (2-2, 0-0) 10 0 7 0 17
BAYLOR (3-0, 0-0) 21 21 21 7 70

Box Score | Notes | USATSI Photo Gallery | Photo Gallery

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

NB Travon Blanchard -- 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass broken up
DE Shawn Oakman -- 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack
LB Taylor Young -- 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack

5 More Thoughts:

  1. Baylor closes out non-conference ranked #1 in total yards per game, #1 in scoring, #1 in rushing offense per game, #7 in passing yards per game, #1 in team passing efficiency, #1 in team tackles for loss (that's by the defense), and #9 in tackles for loss allowed.  Those ranks are in the entire country.  We also have the #1 QB by passing efficiency and passing TDs (tied for #1, anyway) and the  #1 receiver by touchdowns and yards per catch.  I could keep going.
  2. The TD pass by Seth Russell to Jay Lee yesterday might have been the best pass by a Baylor QB since RGIII left.  If you rewatch the video, Seth threw it just over the defender's left shoulder, but the defender was turned the other way, so he couldn't have caught it outside of an NCAA football game.  The ball hit Lee in stride for a 57-yard TD, and it was absolutely perfect.  That's the kind of throw Bryce Petty might not have even attempted, but Russell did because he's got brass ones the size of kettle bells.
  3. I honestly feel bad for Driphus Jackson.  The way Baylor's offense and defense work together is such that if the Bears can get a lead, opposing teams know they have to throw to get back into the game.  That forces opponents to become more one-dimensional and opens up their QB for tremendous punishment.  And tremendous punishment is exactly what Jackson got.  In addition to the 5 sacks (not 6), Baylor hit Jackson legally another half-dozen times, eventually forcing him out of the game for his own protection.  There's a picture in the photo editor of him watching the game from the bench by himself in the fourth quarter, and it's pretty sad.
  4. I thought Russell had overthrown K.D. Cannon by five yards, and then the next thing we knew, Cannon was being congratulated by the Berm People for scoring another TD.  Speed is a weapon you can't teach, and for which you can't really account if you don't have it.  Cannon has it unlike any player I've ever seen in a Baylor uniform except maybe Tevin Reese.
  5. Yesterday was the best game of Travon Blanchard's career, and it's probably not close.  Though he "only" had 7 tackles, I feel like he was involved in virtually every play on defense and made his presence felt.  Even better, he did a great job of covering down the field, something we haven't seen from our NBs in years past.

Mark Seymour's Top 10:

1. Ohio State
2. Georgia
3. Baylor
4. Michigan State
5. UCLA
6. TCU
7. Ole Miss
8. LSU
9. Utah
10. Notre Dame

I'm just shooting from the hip here, as always.

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Bears clean up their act in 70-17 victory over Owls - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Playing with high energy from the start, the No. 5 Bears romped to a 70-17 win over Rice to extend their nation’s best home winning streak to 18 games before 43,619 fans on a warm Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium.

Baylor-Rice notebook: Oakman, Russell enter record books; Linwood climbs list; injury report - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
No Baylor player ever has tagged and bagged quarterbacks any better than Shawn Oakman.

Brice Cherry: Big 12 should watch out because Baylor is turning it on - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Be afraid, Big 12. Be very afraid.

Rice vs. Baylor - Game Recap - September 26, 2015 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Rice Owls vs. Baylor Bears football game.

Five thoughts from No. 5 Baylor football's 70-17 win over Rice | Dallas Morning News
WACO -- Here are five quick takeaways from No. 5 Baylor's 70-17 win over Rice on Saturday.

TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS:

And that's about it this morning. Have a great Sunday, everyone!