Overreaction Central - Louisiana-Monroe

The ridiculousness continues. Another 70 point blowout win on the ledger for the Bears. Baylor won 70-7, and was up 35-0 after the first quarter. A game that was never in doubt turned into a laugher of a contest.

Is anyone going to predict the Bears to not score at least 50 points in a game? I mean, that is what it looks like to me that the Baylor attack can score 50 points at will. I feel safe in saying the Bears won't score under 40 points in a single contest this year. I don't see a defense on the schedule right now that can hold the Bears to under 40, something that no one has been able to do for 9 straight games. Some are even calling the Bears offense illegal in terms of what it is doing to the opposition!

It might even be a stretch to say can anyone hold them under 50. It will probably happen, as the Bears schedule gets significantly harder once the calendar flips to November, but right now? The whole Baylor team is playing with such confidence and effectiveness that most can't even imagine a bump in the road right now.

Louisiana-Monroe was not that bump in the road, not even close. Up 42-0 with over 13 minutes left in the second quarter was proof of that. The two interceptions returns for touchdowns prove that. It was total domination by the Bears. Now, they should have given up some points, as ULM went for it on 4th down in easy field goal range knowing that they would have to score and keep scoring to even come close to matching the Bears. But shouldn't that be more proof of the power of the Bears attack? They are like a great baseball offense. The opposition knows it is going to have to put some runs on the board and will try and make plays, stretch singles to doubles, go from first to home on a double, make things happen because they know that it will be the other half of the inning soon.

Well the Bears are full of homerun hitters and guys that can hit it out of the ballpark every time their number is called. The Baylor defense took advantage of that fact in this game to the fullest, making the Warhawks press and force plays to simply try and keep up.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Baylor Bears
Sep 21, 20131ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-2)07007
#20 Baylor Bears (3-0)351421070
Team Stats Comparison
ULMBAY
Total Offense295781
Rushing Yards75311
Passing Yards220470
First Downs1629
Punt Return Yards0-00-0
Kick Return Yards6-1060-0
Total Yards295781
Turnovers41
3rd Down Converstion6-206-12
4th Down Conversion1-40-2
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1-42-4
Penalties4-308-85
Posession Time33:0326:57

Fun Stats of the Game

-21 seconds. That is how long it took the Bears to score their first touchdown

-Baylor defense scored 2 touchdowns, and have now scored 4 touchdowns in three games. They have scored 28 points but have only allowed 23

-Baylor became the first FBS or FCS team to score 28+ points in the 1st quarter of three straight games during the BCS era (1996-present)

-Baylor averaged 10.1 yards per play, so more than a first down on every play from scrimmage.

-Baylor has scored in less than a minute on 11 of its 25 touchdown drives this season (4 of 8 vs. ULM)

-Baylor's defense has not allowed a touchdown in the second half of all three games this season

-Baylor scoring differential through the first three games is +186, highest of any school over the last 10 years

Words of the Game

Offense – Same-old-Same-old

Look, this offense is on a different level than any defense they have seen so far this year. ULM was the most effective defense the Baylor attack has seen, and you would have to stretch the truth to call it average. But the way the Bears scored at will is just something Bear fans have become quite comfortable with. Just look at the stats. 29 first downs, 311 yards rushing, 470 yards passing, a ridiculous 10.1 yards per play, and another 8 touchdowns in just 26:57 of possession. Every way to look at the Bears offense through the first 3 games says they are the best and most explosive in the country.

Defense – Havoc

From the first play of the game, the Bears defense was swarming and all over the field. This was the best I have seen the Bears defend under Phil Bennett. Better than UCLA and better than Kansas State. They were just immaculate in terms of stopping the rushing attack (75 net rushing yards on 35 attempts) and their ability to disrupt Kolton Browning by getting massive pressure on him. The Bears had 12 quarterback hurries and 2 sacks. Jamal Palmer was excellent all game, getting 4 hurries.

Play of the Game

Second & 10, ULM 35 – Browning, K pass intercepted by Williams, Joe at the ULM 41, Williams, Joe return 41 yards for TOUCHDOWN

ULM was in a trips right formation, with a single running back to the right of Kolton Browning who was in shotgun. It was a quick pass to the middle receiver who had a hand on the ball before Sam Holl arrived at the exact perfect time. Holl was covering the shallow flat zone, and broke perfectly right at the ball when Browning pulled the trigger. He got a hand on the ball or the receiver's hands right when the ball arrived, but it bounced right to senior cornerback Joe Williams who caught it in perfect stride and strolled into the endzone for a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown and a Baylor 21-0 lead.

Players of the Game

Offense – Antwan Goodley, 5 catches for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns

Goodley made two to of the most impactful plays of the game, first by scoring the opening touchdown of the game on a 63 yard pass, and then scoring the 6th touchdown of the game on a 65 yard pass. Both scores featured him using his strength to get past a defender and then his speed to separate from all of the other defensive players. Goodley is just getting better at running his routes and starting to learn how to operate in the gaps of the defense. With him on the other side of the formation from Tevin Reese, there aren't many receiver duos in the country better than that.

Honorable Mention – Lache Seastrunk (10 carries for 156 yards, 1 touchdown), Tevin Reese (6 catches, 123 yards, 1 touchdown), Bryce Petty (18-27, 351 yards, 5 total touchdowns)

Defense – Terrell Burt, 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD

This was a hard one to choose from. The Bears defense played outstanding against a very capable offense that has just been struggling a bit. But Baylor fans remember what this team did last year. However, Terrell Burt played the best of the bunch, as he was all over the field on Saturday. He made a great read on a badly thrown ball for his interception but he showed off his speed on that play, as well as one of the Warhawks best offensive plays of the first half. He simply caught Tavarese Maye after a 53 yard catch and forced him out of bounds at the 10 yard-line. That should have been a touchdown, but Burt's speed kept ULM from scoring on that play.

Honorable Mention – Bryce Hager (8 total tackles), Joe Williams (3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD), Eddie Lackey (6 tackles, 1 sack), Terrance Lloyd (2 tackles, 3 QB Hurries, .5 sack)

Summary

Simple domination is all this game was. The Bears are playing better every game against tougher and tougher competition. They ran and threw the ball at will against Louisiana-Monroe and used their aggressive offense to force ULM to take chances that the Baylor defense made them pay for. When your defense can outscore the opposition, you know you had a good game. Baylor has another off week, and they will need it to get a few guys fully healthy for conference play and the grind of the rest of the season. But right now, it is kind of sad we won't see this team for 2 weeks, as they are playing as well as any team in the country right now.


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