Bryce Petty threw his first interception, the defense gave up the most points it has all year, and Goodley was only 90%. Yet Baylor still won by three touchdowns. I'll save most of my analysis of this game for the Rankings post tomorrow, but here's some quick thoughts:
- Baylor looked different on the road and still put up more points than almost anybody.
- Shock Linwood had three touchdowns in what might be one of the best games for a Baylor running back since Terrance Gannaway laid waste to Washington in the Alamo Bowl for five scores. Both he and Johnny "Freaky Fast" Jefferson exhibited outstanding balance after contact. We didn't get to see Chafin play, which was a bit disappointing, but I'd much rather him heal up than get re-injured in a game we're winning handily.
- For those complaining about the score: A very good Kansas State escaped Jack Trice, 32-28. Baylor was up, 35-7, at the half; the second half was all garbage time. I'm not terribly worried about the lack of focus in the second halves of games yet. When it is clear the TGCAB is taking his foot off the gas, the players will naturally do the same.
Volleyball Nets Huge Road Win
Due to the timing of the match, I highly doubt many people were following along with Baylor Volleyball's match against the Kansas State Wildcats, but perhaps we should have been. The Wildcats entered their home court on an 11-match win streak at Ahern Field House, a place where Baylor had not won since 2010.
K-State came out to a roaring start, winning the first set by a hefty 12-point margin. But the Bears were not to be denied. A solid second set saw the ladies in green and gold (okay, actually black) win, 25-18. The third set easily could have put the Bears in their place; K-State was up, 24-14, before Baylor rallied and nearly tied the match, 23-24. Although the Wildcats finally managed to close out the set, Baylor had all of that crucial thing known as momentum. A narrow victory in the fourth set brought about a tie-breaking fifth set, which the Bears won, 15-12, to take the match.
The Bears move to 10-5,1-0 on the season. It's nice to see the Volleybears finding success. You can catch them at home this Wednesday at 7 pm against Tech.
Women's Cross Country Places Fifth at Roy Griak Invitational
Out of 36 teams, Baylor women's cross country placed fifth, despite having one of their runners, sophomore Maggie Montoya, losing her shoe 1,000 meters into the 6,000-meter course. The ladies beat out three ranked teams: No. 11 Butler, No. 22 Vanderbilt, and No. 28 Minnesota. Senior Rachel Johnson led the way with a second-place overall finish. Head coach Todd Harbour was "really proud of [the] entire team" and says the results "puts us in great shape to make a rune at returning to the NCAA Championships".
If anyone on here is in Fayetteville next weekend, go out and support the men's and women's cross country teams at the Chile Pepper Festival!
Equestrian Trots to Victory
Baylor's No. 6-ranked equestrian team won their sixth-straight Willis Invitation title yesterday following 10-6 and 14-1 wins over Fresno State and No. 10 SMU, respectively. A fairly dominating performance gave Baylor their first victory on the season as they search for another national championship.
Soccer Hosts Iowa State
Baylor Soccer looks to rebound from a tough loss to Kansas against a beatable Iowa State team. Winning a game in the Big 12 is never easy, but I have hope for this game. Look for Baylor to come out aggressive and try and score early.
Head on over to BLM at 1:00 to catch the action.
Charlie Weis Out, Brady Hoke Deserves To Be
Kansas finally did what we knew they would be doing ever since they hired the man; they fired Charlie Weis. A shutout lose to a truly terrible Texas team on Homecoming was the last straw. Weis never seemed to find his mojo in Lawrence. For the sake of the Jayhawks and the conference, I hope that Kansas finds someone that can turn the worst Power 5 football program around.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke left a clearly concussed Shane Morris in the game. Maize N Brew is calling for his job and frankly, I agree. Watch the video. It is patently obvious that quarterback Shane Morris should not have played for as long as he did. That Weis was fired before Hoke was and that Hoke still has a job is extremely shocking to me.