No, on this day the Baylor Bears were not even in the game. We can go to great lengths to say "this" and say "that" but the long and short of it is that with better players, faster players, and stronger players, we got bested, out-ran, and whipped. There is no sense in breaking down the drives, the scoring plays, the interceptions, and describe how the game went – all that will be painfully done in the newspapers, televisions, and radio talk shows all across the country. No, the thing we all have to ask now is "What is next?"
Aaron Karas seemed to be the star of the game when after Cicero was taken out, he came in and immediately, after a couple of misques and a five yard run by Rashad Armstrong, put the Bears on the scoreboard with an 85-yard pass and run to Reggie Newhouse, but the Bears were already down by too many, and it would get worse before it would get better.
As the administrator of this site who was running a chat room during the game, well, it was not pretty; in fact, one could say it was brutal. Of course those "naysayer" fans that have been against Steele ever since he was hired, or at least attacked by Kevin Greene, were out in mass, delivering all the "I told you so" and "Fire Steele now!" messages they could muster. Make no mistake about it – today's game and its outcome was not predicted. Even the staunchest of Steele "detractors" would not have predicted such a loss. Had the Bears simply lost the game, there would be clamoring by those who have always "pulled" for having Steele removed, however, another blow-out like this one has toppled some supporters who were on the fence. I know, because I was in the chat room today watching them topple, one by one and two by two.
I was also asked, point-blank, as to whether or not I would come out asking for Coach Steele's head. The answer is a resounding "No!"
Now, before some of you out there say that I would support Kevin Steele no matter what, well that is not what I am saying. I know what Kevin Steele has accomplished since he has been here. I know about the things that he found when he got here, the corrections he has made to some things that needed fixing, and how he has done his job. I'm not privy to everything that goes on with this football team, but I know some of it. Also, I am a staunch believer in "one game does not a season make." I have stated for some time that if Kevin Steele did no better than 4-8 this season, that I would not have to call for his head because I felt like he would step down. I still believe that. I also realize that duplicating what we witnessed today is unacceptable. However, I still have faith in this team, I still have faith in this coaching staff, and I still have faith this "program" will turn around.
Why? Well, was OU a bad team when it was only leading Tulsa by 3 at the half last night? Was Colorado, ranked 7th in the country by those who are supposed to know such things, a bad team when they lost to Colorado State today? Was Nebraska a bad team when they got blown out by this same Colorado team at the end of last season? Was the Texas team, two years ago, that got blown out by OU 63-14 a bad team? No, they, like we, simply had a bad day. I can also say with conviction, that we had some very bad luck today.
When Greg Cicero put a touchdown pass right in the hands of his TE, the TE tips the ball up into the air, and a CAL player picks it out of that air and returns it 100 yards for a score, well, that is not a coaching error – that just happens, and although it seems to be happening to "us" more than to "them," I still don't feel it is "just the coaching." I do agree that it cannot continue, but then, that gets us back to my "4-8 comment" of a while ago.
A week from today, we play Samford. Yeah, some will protest whatever they feel they are protesting and the crowd may not be what it would have been had we won today, but I have no control over that either. I will be there, sitting in my seats and pulling for victory. No, we can't be undefeated going into conference play, but we will look better, in my opinion at 1-1 than we do at 0-1.