West Virginia scored 21 fourth quarter points and put up a season high 42 points. Against most teams that should be enough to notch another win, but not against Baylor. Baylor torched West Virginia’s defense the way they routinely do it seems and buried the visiting Mountaineers 73-42.
Baylor has now scored 69 points in each of their first four games and at least 70 points in each of their last three.To date, Baylor has outscored opponents 282-65. Baylor is now on track to score 846 points in the regular season, although it is unlikely that kind of scoring output will continue through Big 12 play. Or will it?
Bryce Petty completed just 17 passes but got maximum production out of them with 347 yards, an average of 13.9 yards per attempt. Despite the high passing marks, Baylor was able to really separate from West Virginia on the ground, rushing for 476 yards as a team. Baylor had two runners go over 120 yards with Lache Seastrunk rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns and Shock Linwood rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown. Six different Baylor players had a rushing touchdown in the game.
Is there anything Baylor can work on to improve this offense? Maybe. Baylor lost four turnovers, three coming by interceptions and two of them off the arm of back-up Seth Russell. Imagine what could have happened if not for the four turnovers? Yikes.
West Virginia offensive lineman Adam Pankey was ejected from the game late in the fourth quarter after being called for targeting. The video review upheld the call, which means Pankey will have to sit out the first two quarters of West Virginia’s next game, which will come in two weeks at home in Morgantown against Texas Tech. The rest of the regular season could be a tough stretch for the Mountaineers as they try to find a path to a postseason bowl game. At 3-3, West Virginia needs to pick up three more wins before the end of the year. After the home game against Texas Tech, West Virginia plays back-to-back road games at Kansas State and TCU.
If you are West Virginia, how do you react to this game? Do you even bother examining the game film for long, considering Baylor is doing this to everyone they play? Clint Trickett did not have a great outing under center for West Virginia, completing just nine of 28 pass attempts for 161 yards, one touchdown and an interception before being lifted for Pail Millard in relief. The question is whether or not this means a change at quarterback will be in the works for head coach Dana Holgorsen or if he will stick with him another week. It is likely what happened in this game is not going to cost many players their starting job, but if West Virginia continues to dig holes on the scoreboard, nobody’s job should be to safe. West Virginia is showing they may not be a good team when having to play from behind.
Doug Martin‘s 2017 on-field coaching staff will have a decidedly familiar feel to it, even as it’s in some ways brand-new.
New Mexico State announced that two coaches have been hired by Martin, Chase Holbrook and Kai Brown. The former will serve as tight ends coach, the latter as defensive ends coach.
Holbrook spent the 2016 season as a quality control coach for Mike Leach at Washington State. A former NMSU quarterback, he still owns the school’s single-season and career records for passing, passing attempts, completions, touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns.
Brown was a graduate assistant the past three seasons for the football program.
“We are really excited about Chase coming back to New Mexico State,” Martin said. “Having a former great quarterback that has his name written all over the Aggie record book will have a huge impact on us taking that next step. Chase really believes and cares deeply about the football program here. To have a coach of his talent join our staff makes us a better program immediately. …
“Kai has been a very loyal hard working coach for us as a GA and it gives me great pride to add him to our staff in a full time role. He brings a lot of enthusiasm to our program and has a great relationship with our players.”
This will be both coaches’ first foray into full-time coaching responsibilities at the FBS level.
In late December, Fresno State hired Tony Tuioti as part of Jeff Tedford‘s first coaching staff with the Mountain West program. Two months later, Tedford’s former Pac-12 employer has poached said staff.
By way of a press release, Cal announced that Tuioti has been hired as Justin Wilcox‘s outside linebackers coach. Tedford served as Cal’s head coach from 2002-12; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno’s head coach for five seasons before being fired and replaced by Tedford, is now Wilcox’s defensive coordinator with the Golden Bears.
“Tony has a tremendous resume that showcases his diverse skill set and abilities both on and off the field,” Wilcox said in a statement. “Not only is he an excellent coach, but the experience he has as a director of player personnel will be a tremendous benefit to us in the structuring and organization of our recruiting operation. Finding someone with a skill set as unique and diverse as Tony’s is challenging. We are fortunate that we have found that in Tony and are looking forward to his contributions to our program.”
“Working at Cal for a coach like Justin Wilcox was an opportunity I could not pass up,” a statement from Tuioti began. “I have a tremendous feeling about the positive direction Cal is headed, and I really wanted to be a part of that and contribute all I could to a football program with tremendous potential.”
In 2016, Tuioti worked as a football staffer at Michigan. His last on-field job at the collegiate level came at Hawaii (2012-13, linebackers coach; 2010-11, defensive line).
It’s been close to a year and a half since Southern football player Devon Gales fractured his C6 vertebrae when covering a kick at Georgia. While the two sides will forever be linked, Georgia has gone above and beyond its duties to help improve his life.
In addition to regularly visiting him in the hospital and paying for his parents’ travel to Georgia, the Bulldogs will now raise funds to build him a house.
Gales received an NCAA Sportsmanship Award at the Bulldogs’ basketball game on Saturday, and it was announced that the UGAAA will launch a “Drive to Build a Dawg House” for Gales and his family.
“Anybody can just their prayer for you and send you on your way, but they didn’t. They took me as one of their kids, not just as another player, but as one of their children,” Gales said.
To contibute, text (707) 204-1707 to donate $5 toward the fund.
Mike Gundy originally blamed himself for Oklahoma State’s 48-20 loss to Ole Miss at the Sugar Bowl that closed the 2015 season.
Speaking at the AFCA Convention in Nashville last month, I heard Gundy explain to thousands of fellow coaches he felt he overtrained his Cowboys in preparation to play the physically imposing Rebels. The end result backfired. As I wrote for FootballScoop:
As Oklahoma State prepared to face No. 12 Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl, Gundy pushed his players harder than usual in December practices. “They’re going to knock us off the ball and it’s not going to look pretty,” he remembers thinking. That strategy backfired on him, though, as the Rebels pounded Gundy’s team 48-20. Oklahoma State was out-rushed 207-63 and averaged only 6.7 yards per pass attempt to Ole Miss’s 9.9. “We weren’t physical and we were slow,” Gundy said.
But now Gundy thinks something else may have contributed to that 28-point spanking.
As he explained to the Tulsa World‘s Bill Haisten, Gundy said he couldn’t help but think of the Sugar Bowl when he learned of the NCAA’s charges against Ole Miss.
“The first thing I thought about was (OSU’s recent experience with the NCAA),” Gundy said, “and the second thing was the Sugar Bowl and my players and what they went through.”
He continued: “We’ll never know what we could have done in the Sugar Bowl if it was a level playing field. That is the truth. I’m not sure we would have won the Sugar Bowl, but we’ll never know.”