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June Jones knew Baylor’s defense was good, but didn’t expect that

June Jones

SMU was the sacrificial lamb for the opening of Baylor’s brand new football stadium Sunday night. Unfortunately for the June Jones and his Mustangs, SMU was unable to play the same kind of a spoiler role as UTSA was able to do at Houston on Saturday (Larry Coker‘s Roadrunners dominated and shutdown Houston’s potent offense in the opener for their new stadium). SMU was blown away by Baylor, 45-0. Jones knew Baylor was good on defense, but even he didn’t quite expect the Bears to handle them as well as they did.

“We knew they were a pretty good defense,” Jones said after the game, per The Dallas Morning News. “We knew they were more talented than what they’ve had been given credit for. But I didn’t expect us not be able to block them at all.”

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly, but we did not do what we needed to do to win the football game,” Jones added. “It’s hard for the quarterback to go back and throw anything when he doesn’t have the time. We could not protect the quarterback.”

Baylor held SMU to just 67 total yards of offense. The Mustangs managed 91 passing yards, but quarterbacks were swallowed up for a loss of 58 yards, SMU’s rushing offense ended the night with a loss of 24 yards on the ground.

Maybe Jones should have chosen a different script, but the end result may not have been much different. Baylor is just playing on an entirely different field SMU is prepared for.

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5 Responses to “June Jones knew Baylor’s defense was good, but didn’t expect that”
  1. queenlivekillers says: Sep 1, 2014 9:36 AM

    I guess he should have taken that Arizona State job after all. Add June Jones to the coaching hot seat.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 1, 2014 11:01 AM

    That Baylor D was sick…. They are wearing that top 10 ranking very well..

  3. thefiesty1 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:25 AM

    Just think how bad it would of been had Petty played the second half.

  4. sportssince85 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:42 PM

    I kno this is a great accomplishment for Baylor’s D considering they were playing the nation’s top, very explosive, and using your word, potent offense of SMU..wouldn’t wanna face that D if I the other big 12 teams

  5. jdillydawg says: Sep 2, 2014 5:43 PM

    Baylor has traditionally had a weak defense, so I was heartened to see them step up in this game. I don’t think their offense is going to be as explosive as in years past, so maybe this defense makes them more balanced overall. And even if SMU isn’t a powerhouse, shutting anyone out is a pretty big accomplishment.

    I’m a little bummed they have such a weak schedule – not sure how that happens – but this should be a decent year for them again.

    Sic ‘em!

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