Texas Tech Dallas Morning News
ARLINGTON - Baylor finally picked up its first win against a Power Five opponent on Saturday as the Bears beat Texas Tech 63-35 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Here are five thoughts from Baylor's blowout win.
1. Consistent pressure by the D-Line. Baylor's defensive line and linebackers did a much better job today of putting consistent pressure on Patrick Mahomes and forcing difficult plays. This was also true against the run, where Baylor allowed only 106 yards.
The issue came in coverage, where the Bears struggled to hold on against receivers. Mahomes made several game-changing saves with his feet, but eventually was picked off two times. The Bears allowed a decent amount of yardage, but played well all things considered.
2. Dominant rushing attack. Baylor running back Shock Linwood ran for a career-high 221 yards and two touchdowns against Texas Tech's defensive front. The Red Raiders held run-first offense Arkansas to only 228 rushing yards as a team only a few weeks ago.
Baylor lost a spark in the running game when Lache Seastrunk went to the NFL, but Linwood and fellow running back Johnny Jefferson seem poised to bring it right back. It doesn't hurt that QB Seth Russell added 81 yards on the ground by himself.
3. Corey Coleman train rolls on. Coleman did not get as many targets as he has in past games and had to "settle" for 110 yards on seven catches. However, Coleman added three touchdowns to push his college football-leading touchdown reception total out to 11 after only four games.
Coleman has been a dominant presence this season for Baylor football. The national touchdown record is 27 scores through 12 games; Coleman is on pace for 34 at this point in the season.
4. Tackling concerns. Baylor struggled tackling in coverage at several points during this game, which ended up costing the team. There was a play where MLB Grant Campbell broke through the line and whiffed on a clear shot at Mahomes and another where a DB bounced off a receiver and allowed another 10 yards.
The Big 12 forces players to make plays in space, or risk giving up consistent big plays. If the Bears continue to miss tackles, it will be incredibly difficult for them to get stops down the stretch against better opponents.
5. Statement win. It remains to be seen whether Texas Tech is actually a good team, but it seemed to have all the momentum coming into this game at JerryWorld. The Red Raiders have a nice win against SEC foe Arkansas and probably should have beaten TCU last weekend.
Baylor attacked early and attacked often against the Red Raiders. The Bears had a couple drops and penalties go their way, but their offense was virtually unstoppable all day long. This is the kind of statement Baylor needed to let people know it is ready for a grueling Big 12 schedule.