A week ago Texas Tech went toe-to-toe with TCU. This week the Red Raiders are struggling to keep pace with No. 5 Baylor. After one half of play in Arlington, Baylor has already scored 42 points and has put together over 400 yards of offense. As a result, Baylor leads Texas Tech 49-21.
Baylor quarterback Seth Russell has thrown for 251 yards and three touchdowns and run for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Baylor’s Shock Linwood leads all players with 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Jay Lee already has 120 receiving yards and Corey Coleman caught two of Russell’s touchdown passes to go with his 89 receiving yards.
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes has had his moments as well, with 255 passing yards and three touchdowns in the first half. But Texas Tech simply has not been able to keep going on offense the way Baylor has.
Look for Baylor to keep its foot on the gas in the second half, which means even more big numbers in the box score for the offensive players.
As Baylor’s offense continues to dazzle, an overlooked aspect of the Bears’ program is its depth. It’s group of wide receivers is as deep as any in the country.
No. 8 Baylor leads the Buffalo Bulls at halftime 35-0, and the Bears offense continues to play at an extremely high level even without its top receivers in the lineup.
Freshman K.D. Cannon is quickly developing into a superstar. Cannon has five receptions for 171 yards, which includes a dynamic 89-yard touchdown reception. Cannon entered the game ranked sixth in the country with 282 receiving yards. His performance Friday night will take him into the weekend as the nation’s leader in receiving yardage.
Cannon isn’t the only receiver playing at a high level for Baylor.
Junior Jay Lee also has five receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has completed passes to five different targets for 329 yards and pair of touchdown tosses.
The Bears aren’t expected to let up in the second half.
Baylor head coach Art Briles said at halftime, “We don’t feel we have a big lead.”
Buffalo, meanwhile, has 78 total yards of offense.
Expect the Bears’ wide receivers to continue padding their stats in the second half, and there isn’t much Buffalo can do to stop Baylor.
The defending Big 12 champions from Baylor concluded the spring practice schedule with a scrimmage that was not quite up t par with the offensive flair that had been seen earlier in the spring, but head coach Art Briles will take it. Quarterback and Heisman hopeful Bryce Petty finished strong by completing 10 of 15 pass attempts for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including 40-yard pass to Jay Lee on the first play of the day.
One of the big developments this spring was the emergence of wide receiver Corey Coleman, who Briles says will be a big part of Baylor’s high-flying offense in the fall. Coleman capped his spring by leading all players with 47 receiving yards on five catches.
“Yeah, he’s going to be a target,” Briles said of Coleman, “but so is Robbie [Rhodes], so is Jay Lee and some of these other guys, because we’ve got to do a good job of making sure we open up Antwan (Goodley). That was our goal this spring was to develop guys around Antwan. We know what he can do, so we’ve got to make sure people can’t just key on him.”
The offensive stats may not be overwhelming, but the Bears were without Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin was limited, the offense was running with a pair of freshman running backs. Once the team takes the field in the fall, Baylor’s offense should be one of the most lethal in the Big 12 once again if they can plug the pieces in to place to make up for some roster turnover.
The Baylor defense managed five sacks in the scrimmage but was unable to force any turnovers. Defensive end Shawn Oakman left an impression on Briles by recording two of the defense’s five sacks.
“We can’t block him, and I don’t think anyone else will, either.”