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Numbers to Know about Baylor

1 Oct

Griffin runs for a 58-yard touchdown past Washington State's Mike Graise in 2008, in Waco, Texas. What's scary is that Griffin is so much better now than he was then. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)

Mention of the last game between Kansas State and No. 15 Baylor likely makes Wildcat fans cringe and Bears fans fondly reminisce. Baylor hung a school-record 638 yards on Kansas State that day, giving Waco a 47-42 happy ending to Homecoming Week. A little less than a year later, the Bears still terrorize defenses. When they come to Manhattan on Saturday, however, the defense across the field (currently ranked No. 6 in the nation) from them probably won’t look very familiar.

With so much having changed from last year to this year, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen in this game. That said, here are some stats that tell you what’s happened to Baylor before during the tenure of coach Art Briles.

  • 15-4 when leading at halftime
  • 3-17 when trailing at halftime
  • 11-6 when scoring first
  • 7-16 when opponent scores first
  • 0-12 when scoring less than 20 points
  • 9-0 when scoring more than 40 points
  • 10-0 when opponent scores less than 20 points
  • 8-22 when opponent scores more than 20 points
  • 4-19 when opponent scores more than 30 points
  • 0-11 when gaining less than 300 yards
  • 8-1 when opponent gains less than 300 yards
  • 4-13 when opponent converts on third down at least 50% of the time

A Defense’s Best Test

28 Sep

If you designed a quarterback specifically to give nightmares to defensive coordinators, the result would look an awful lot like Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.

Also known as “RG3,” the 6-feet-2-inch, 220-pound junior holds 42 university records. He has completed 70 of his first 82 passes and has already thrown for 13 touchdowns this season.

The leader of the nation’s second-best offense, Griffin’s name is in the Heisman Trophy conversation already. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder calls Griffin ‘amazing’ and ‘head and heels above anybody we’ve played against’ and half-jokingly put the quarterback’s numbers in perspective this way:

“Who completes 85 percent or 90 percent of their passes? We don’t do that in pre-game warm-up.”

Defensive end Jordan Voelker said Griffin seems like a slightly differently quarterback from last year, having expanded his game even more since last season.

“He’s the same guy, but last year it seems like he was throwing the short ball a lot more than he was the deep ball,” Voelker said, “and he’s really improved on his deep ball game and throwing the long ball. They’ve got quite a few fly patterns and post patterns on teams, so we’ve just got to try to shut that down.”

Not many teams have been successful in that endeavor, but Voelker observed that TCU got close; on several of their pressures, they got close to Griffin but just could not finish the sacks. Voelker said it is essential that the defensive line gets hits on Griffin and hurry him early.

“Every second that he’s back there running around is more time that our corners have to cover their receivers,” Voelker said, “and with fast guys like that it’s a real task.”

While some have drawn parallels between Griffin and Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, whom the Wildcats faced last week, it is clear that while Harris might have been good preparation for Kansas State, Griffin will be a tougher test. Safety Tysyn Hartman said Griffin will capitalize on the defense’s mistakes in a way Harris did not.

“Last week we busted coverages, had guys wide open. Griffin’s not going to miss those opportunities,” Hartman said. “Jacory overthrew, underthrew some of those, and I don’t think Robert’s going to do that.”