Tag:Art Briles
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:17 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Baylor 66 Texas Tech 42

Posted by Tom Fornelli

BAYLOR WON. Oh the points, there were so many of them on Saturday night in Cowboys Stadium. I mean, how often does a team score 42 points and lose a game by 24? What makes all of this even more unbelievable is that Baylor played the entire second half of this contest without Robert Griffin who missed the final 30 minutes after suffering a head injury late in the second quarter. Griffin still managed to account for 168 total yards and 3 touchdowns before leaving, but his replacement, Nick Florence, managed 165 total yards and 3 touchdowns of his own in his place. Though the real workhorse for Baylor on Saturday was Terrance Ganaway, who carried the ball 42 times for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Seth Doege threw for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns for Texas Tech, but his 2 interceptions played a huge role in this game as well. Eric Ward caught 16 passes for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns. As you can tell, there was a lot of offense in this one, as both teams combined for 1,049 yards.

WHY BAYLOR WON. In a game like this, where neither defense seems all that interested in forcing the other team to punt, turnovers are going to play a huge role, and they did in this one. The biggest reason Baylor won this game is that it turned the ball over twice while Texas Tech turned it over 4 times. You can't afford to give possessions away in a game like this, and Texas Tech did too many times.

WHEN BAYLOR WON. This was a game in which no lead felt safe, but when Nick Florence scored from a yard out to make it 59-42 with just over 9 minutes left it was basically done. There was no way Texas Tech could be counted on to stop Baylor three times.

WHAT BAYLOR WON. For the first time since both schools joined the Big 12, Baylor beat Texas Tech. That wasn't the only landmark for the Bears in this game either, as Baylor has now won 5 Big 12 games for the first time since joining the conference and has a chance to reach 9 wins before the regular season ends. Which means a 10-win season is still in play, which would be a huge accomplishment for Art Briles' team.

WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. There will be no bowl game for Texas Tech. For the first time since 1992 the Red Raiders will finish a season with a losing record. Not exactly what Tommy Tuberville was hoping for in his second season in Lubbock, but the Raiders just suffered so many injuries down the stretch that I'm not sure what more he could have done.

THAT WAS CRAZY. There are so many things from this game that I could cite as insane, but how about this one: Baylor scored 31 points in the first half with Robert Griffin in the game. It scored 35 points in the second half without him. Who would have thought that would be possible? 
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 5:07 pm
 

RG3 on the OU win, his future, and that play

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Robert Griffin is a name that many college football fans have become familiar with this season, especially after Baylor's win over Oklahoma on Saturday night, as his performance has launched him to the top of a lot of people's Heisman lists. While that game may wind up being one of the most memorable moments of Baylor and Griffin's season, no doubt clinching his trip to New York, Griffin continues to keep his mind on what's in front of him.

And what may be somewhat surprising is that Griffin says Baylor's win over Oklahoma wasn't even the greatest win of his career.

"I think it's the greatest football game I've ever been a part of," Griffin said during a teleconference on Monday. "Collectively, offense, defense, and just the way it ended. But the best moment I've had since I've been here probably was last year when we beat Kansas State to get bowl eligible.

"It was more than about just this team. It was about all the guys who had come through and didn't get to experience the bowl game and to get that burden off of Baylor Nation."

Griffin was referring to Baylor's 45-42 win over Kansas State in 2010, in which he passed for 404 and 4 touchdowns to help the Bears clinch their first bowl game since 1994, when the school was still part of the Southwest Conference.

The Bears have already clinched a second straight bowl appearance in 2011, and it's hard not to wonder if RG3 will be around to make it three in a row next season. Griffin also talked about his future at Baylor, as he still has one season of eligibility remaining following this one. As you'd expect, he's still not entirely sure what his plans are just yet.

"It's something that I have to decide with coach [Art] Briles, my family and anybody else out there that I feel close to," he said. "I don't want it to be about money or draft status or anything, if it's time for me to go then it's time for me to go. If I come back it won't be because I'm not a high enough draft pick, it'll be because God told me this is where I need to be, and I'm definitely proud to be part of what's going on here at Baylor."

And, of course, we'd be remiss if we hadn't asked Griffin about what was going through his mind during that play on Saturday night. You know the one.



"It was crazy," said Griffin. "In that situation a lot of times as a quarterback when you see balls get tipped, a lot of times they get intercepted. So when I saw the ball get tipped or bounce off a players helmet, my heart sunk a little bit, but as I continued to watch and saw Kendall [Wright] running with his hands out I was truly amazed. Because things like that don't happen. To have a ball go off a helmet, fly 20 yards and hit a receiver in stride and him to run for a 87-yard touchdown is incredible.

"I don't think that'll happen again in my career, or in football in general, but I'm glad we were a part of it that night."
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: November 5, 2011 11:46 am
 

Baylor releases rendering of new stadium



Posted by Tom Fornelli


That's an artist's rendering of a new on-campus stadium for Baylor football. Baylor has played its football games off campus since 1936 and for the last 62 years the Baylor football team has played at Floyd Casey Stadium, off-campus in Waco.. Well, as you can see in the rendering above, that's something that head coach Art Briles and many other people at Baylor would like to fix in the near future.

"Due to the strong interest expressed by Baylor Nation for an on-campus football facility, we have decided to share a rendering of the stadium," said athletic director Ian McCaw. "This location will maximize the stadium's exposure given the more than 100,000 vehicles that travel the highway each day, while providing Baylor with an extraordinary branding opportunity."

The rendering was done by a company called Populous, which has been hired to come up with the stadium's master plan.

Of course, this is just a drawing of a proposed stadium. Nothing's been approved of yet, but it's obvious that Baylor is serious about building a new home for its football team.
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:18 am
Edited on: October 9, 2011 1:19 am
 

Big 12 Winners and Losers: Week 6



Posted by Tom Fornelli


A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Football in the state of Oklahoma

You know, we can't be sure how happy Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are to still be in the Big 12 considering all the flirting the schools did with the Pac-12, but at this point we really have to wonder why in the world would either school want to leave the Big 12? They're tearing the conference apart, as both schools combined to outscore their opponents 125-45 this week and are a combined 10-0 this season. Considering how bad Texas looked against the Sooners on Saturday, it's evident that the Longhorns are still a year or two away from competing for the Big 12. This conference belongs to the state of Oklahoma for at least that long. 

LOSER: The Eyes of Texas

Oh the horror those eyes had to see on Saturday. Those images were burned into their retinas and are guaranteed to appear in nightmares and therapy sessions for years to come. The five turnovers, three defensive touchdowns by the Sooners, and Landry Jones took any optimism the Longhorns may have had after the first month of the season and buried it all beneath a sea of fried foods.

WINNER: Collin Klein

The reemergence of the Kansas State football program is not only one of the most unexpected storylines of the Big 12 season, but it's also one of the most welcome. While Bill Snyder and the Kansas State defense deserve a lot of the credit, we can't forget the quarterback who is conjuring up memories of Ell Roberson with the 3 touchdown performance like the one he had against Missouri on Saturday in Manhattan.

LOSER: The Jayhawks defense

I use the term "defense" incredibly loosely there. In five games this season the Jayhawks defense is yet to give up less than 24 points in any of them, and that 24 point game came in the opener against McNeese State. Since then it's been 42 points to Northern Illinois, 66 to Georgia Tech, 45 to Texas Tech and then 70 to Oklahoma State. You know what kind of offense you need to have to win games when your defense is giving up 49.4 points per game? Any offense playing Kansas that week.

WINNER: Terrence Ganaway

With the exploits of Robert Griffin and his favorite target Kendall Wright, the Baylor running back has been lost in the shuffle a bit through Baylor's first five games. That was not the case on Saturday, as Art Briles used the running game to wear down the Iowa State defense and keep his defense off the field. It worked out pretty well for Briles, as his running back rewarded him with 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.

LOSER: Robert Griffin's Heisman chances

RG3 didn't exactly have a bad game on Saturday, as he threw for 212 yards while rushing for an additional 107 yards and finished the game with 3 touchdowns. Still, when you play for Baylor, a team that isn't exactly a household name, you need to have monster performances all year long to keep the Heisman spotlight on you. Particularly when guys like Landry Jones, Brandon Weeden and Andrew Luck are all playing for undefeated teams and having huge games.

WINNER: Texas A&M's confidence

The Aggies may not have completely erased the memories of their collapses over the last two weeks, but although they let Texas Tech get within five points in the final minute on Saturday night, all that truly matters is that the Aggies held on to get the win. More importantly, the offense did not disappear in the second half and it kept doing what had made it successful in the first half. Quite a change from what we saw from this team against Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

LOSER: Texas Tech fans

Do we know that it was Texas Tech fans that did it for sure? No. Are we relatively confident that it was? Well, who else was in Lubbock this weekend that would have done it? What happened to the Texas A&M bus this weekend was despicable and embarrassing for the Big 12 as a whole, and college football itself. You can be upset that Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12, but guess what? The Big 12 is going to survive, and you still have a home there, so why exactly you feel the need to wipe your own excrement all over a bus is beyond me.
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Big 12 poll reactions, Week 5

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.

(AP/Coaches)

3/1. Oklahoma

So it seems that Oklahoma playing its most complete game of the season only serves to knock the Sooners down a spot in the AP poll, as Alabama leap-frogged the Sooners this week. Which is kind of hard to argue against considering that Alabama beat up on a top ten team in Florida on the road and Oklahoma played Ball State. The coaches, however, remain firm in their selection of Oklahoma, because as I said last week, coaches only move teams down after they lose. So until Oklahoma does that, it won't matter what LSU and Alabama do, the Sooners are going to stay on top. Though it's also possible that Oklahoma could leap back in front of both LSU and Alabama in the AP poll next week depending on what it does against Texas.

6/7. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State pays the price for taking a week off. The Cowboys drop a spot in both polls because memories are short, and Boise State is still getting a first place vote in the AP poll. Look, I'm not going to knock Boise State, because it's a good team that has a great track record the last few years, but beating up on what looks like a bad Nevada team is not a good enough reason to put the Broncos ahead of the Cowboys in my opinion.

11/10. Texas

Wow, talk about a jump. Apparently beating up on Iowa State goes a lot further these days as it has in years past, as the Longhorns jump six spots in the AP poll and seven spots in the Coaches poll. Now, I'm not ready to say that Texas is a top ten team in the country just yet, but it is definitely improving and working its way back there. Still, this is a bit early and is more a reflection of the teams that dropped who were above Texas last week than Texas itself. That being said, if Texas goes out and beats Oklahoma on Saturday, then there will be no beef from me when it's in the top ten again next week.

20/21. Kansas State

I need to toot my own horn for a second here. Before the season started I appeared on the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast with Adam Aizer previewing the Big 12 this season. When asked who my sleeper team was in the conference this season, which team did I say? Yep, Kansas State, and I'd like to freeze that prediction in time right at this very moment. Thanks to a win over Baylor, Bill Snyder's Wildcats are ranked once again, and one of my predictions has finally come to fruitition. I don't care if Kansas State loses every game from here on out, I was still right for one week!

24/25. Texas A&M

Is Texas A&M better than the team we've seen the last two weeks? I hope so. When the year ends, will the Aggies be one of the best 25 teams in the country? Probably. Should they be ranked right now? No. I'm one of those crazy people who think that rankings should be based on what teams have actually accomplished to date, not what that team's potential is. So there's no way that a team who has lost as many games as it's won should be ranked in my opinion. 

25/UR. Baylor

Do coaches hate Baylor and Art Briles or something? For the first few weeks of the year, the coaches had TCU ranked higher than Baylor even though Baylor had just beaten TCU. Now, after one loss to Kansas State, the coaches remove Baylor from the poll entirely. Meanwhile, a couple of two-loss teams in Florida State and Texas A&M are still ranked, and one-loss teams like Michigan State and Auburn that haven't looked impressive at all are ranked as well. Robert Griffin makes one bad decision, though, and Baylor tumbles.

Others Receiving Votes

Texas Tech

I have no idea what Texas Tech was doing in the first quarter against Kansas on Saturday, but falling behind 20-0 did not look good. Thankfully for the Raiders, Tech woke up and realized it was playing Kansas, picked up the win and improved to 4-0. Now, a 4-0 Texas Tech team deserves to be ranked more than a 2-2 Texas A&M squad, but considering Tech's schedule to date, I can understand the voters trepidation. The quickest way for Texas Tech to fix that would be by beating Texas A&M this Saturday in Lubbock.
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 7:26 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Kansas State 36 Baylor 35

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS STATE WON. I don't think many people were giving Kansas State that much of a chance against Baylor this weekend, even after the Wildcats picked up a win on the road against Miami last weekend, but you have to believe that Kansas State may have converted some doubters on Saturday afternoon. It wasn't always pretty, and Kansas State wasted a few opportunities, but by the time the final second ticked off the clock the Wildcats had earned a 36-35 win over a ranked Baylor team to improve to 4-0 on the season.

HOW KANSAS STATE WON. It kept Robert Griffin in check, and that might not make sense if you look at Griffin's final stat line. He finished the game with 343 yards passing and 5 touchdowns, but there were also plenty of drives where Griffin and the Bears couldn't do anything. Kansas State's defense also forced 3 Baylor turnovers on the afternoon, including the first interception that Griffin through all season. That interception by Arthur Brown came with under 5 minutes to go in the game and gave Kansas State the ball inside the Baylor 20-yard line. Kansas State only got a field goal out of it -- the 3 turnovers the Wildcats forced only led to 6 points -- but that field goal was good enough to give Kansas State a 36-35 lead.

WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. It wasn't until a pass by Griffin on 4th and 2 was broken up at the line of scrimmage in the final minute that this one was iced. Kansas State's defense gave up yards and points on Saturday, but it really came through when the team needed it to the most in the fourth quarter.

WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. Kansas State earned a bit of respect after beating Miami last week, and was on the periphery of the polls this week. You have to think that beating a Baylor team that was ranked 15th in the AP poll will be enough to get Kansas State into the Top 25 on Sunday. More important than the rankings, however, is the fact that Kansas State is off to a 4-0 start and a 1-0 start in the Big 12. Bill Snyder has the Manhattan Magic going again.

WHAT BAYLOR LOST. This game could prove to be quite costly for the Bears. Sure, it's only one conference game, but odds are a loss against Kansas State was more than Baylor could afford if it had any shot of winning the Big 12 this season. This loss could also put a dent in Robert Griffin's Heisman campaign, because even though he had a great day overall, it was still his interception at the end of the game that led to the Kansas State victory.

THAT WAS CRAZY. Generally there's a lot of crazy in any game involving Baylor, but what stood out to me the play call on 4th and 2 in the final minutes. A tunnel screen on 4th and 2, Art Briles? Really? When you have Robert Griffin you don't even want to call a play that would allow him a chance to run for the first down? That makes no sense to me.
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk has signed the financial aid papers and started the process necessary to join the Baylor football team. The former five-star recruit and Texas-native is thrilled to be back in his home state, and discussed the decision to leave Oregon in an interview with 1660 ESPN Radio in Waco.

"I felt like God wanted me to be [at Oregon]," Seastrunk said. "But God will also pull you out of the storm before it happens. I felt like something was about to go down, and God wanted me to get up out of there."

That "storm" that could go down at Oregon started with the NCAA's interest in Seastrunk's relationship with Texas businessman Will Lyles. Lyles, who has offered recruiting services to multiple FBS schools including LSU, Cal, and the Ducks, received $25,000 from Oregon for a recruiting package. Lyles, himself, claims that Oregon was really paying for access and influence to highly recruited Texas-natives like Seastrunk and current Oregon running back LaMichael James.

In fairness to Seastrunk, a big part of him wanting to return to his home state is the health of his grandparents. Later in the interview (you can listen to it HERE) Seastrunk credits his grandparents for a being a big part of his current success. But his decision to leave Oregon before any NCAA allegations ("something was about to go down") have been made does seem rather convenient.

There is also the issue of Seastrunk's eligibility. In the interview, the redshirt freshman said he would plead the case of his grandparents health in order to receive immediate eligibility with the Bears. But there may be another option. As CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer suggested, the NCAA may choose to use the same "limited immunity" tool with Seastrunk that was likely used with the former Miami players like Purdue's Robert Marve and Kansas State's Arthur Brown, among others. Seastrunk could offer the NCAA information on his relationship with Lyles, and in return possibly obtain the eligibility he is looking for at Baylor.

Regardless of the process, Seastrunk's comments suggest that the NCAA is closing in on Oregon/Lyles. He saw the warning signs in the sky, and decided it was a good time to skip town. Something tells me the intermission is coming to a close and the next act in this particular NCAA-related scandal is about to begin.

Getcha popcorn ready.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Baylor's Josh Gordon leaves the program

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday Baylor head coach Art Briles announced that wide receiver Josh Gordon has left the Baylor program.

"Circumstances have unfolded for Josh that require him to pursue his collegiate degree and athletic career at a different university," Briles said in a statement. "I'm appreciative of the efforts he has made the past two seasons for this football program." 

Gordon had been arrested last October for marijuana possession after being found with it inside a car at a Taco Bell near the Baylor campus. He had been suspended indefinitely since July for violating team rules.

Gordon finished the 2010 season as Baylor's second leading receiver, finishing the year with 42 receptions for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also led the Big 12 in yards per reception at 17.0 yards. Which leaves Baylor with one less big-play threat on offense this season.

He's reportedly considering a transfer to Utah.
 
 
 
 
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