The Baylor Bears defense dominated the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday night. Except for two meaningless scores in the 4th quarter by the Aggies, the Bears outclassed the Aggies all night creating five turnovers and holding the Aggies to 7 points through 3 quarters. While the final score ended up 41-21 in the Bears' favor, the young Baylor defense learned that how you finish the game is just as important as how you start the game.
Baylor was led by Junior All-American candidate linebacker Joe Pawelek. Pawelek, usually a tackling machine, showed why he is so valuable to this Baylor defense. The talented middle linebacker intercepted two passes against the Aggies, one coming as the Aggies were about to score. Jerrod Johnson, the Aggies quarterback, led his team to the Baylor 2-yard line early in the 4th quarter for a first and goal play. The Aggies elected to try and outsmart the Bears by passing the football on first and goal. But the Baylor defense was prepared, just as they were all night. Joe Pawelek jumped in front of Aggies receiver, Terrence McCoy, in the back of the endzone intercepter the ball and took a knee.
The junior linebacker also recorded another interception. With the Bears up 34-7, late in the 3rd quarter, the Aggies were in pass mode. The Bears defense brought pressure up the middle and Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson tried to hit a reciver over the middle on a quick hitter. The Bears defense again showed they were prepared for anything the Aggies tried to do. The ball was tipped at the line of scrimamge by a Bears defensive lineman, and picked off by linebacker Joe Pawelek. The Bears offense scored on their next drive making the score 41-7 and putting the game away.
The Baylor defense also recorded 3 more turnovers. Dwain Crawford came up big on Senior Night intercepting his second pass of the season on Saturday, and junior safety Jordan Lake picked off a pass in the second quarter that went along with the theme for the game.
On Lake's interception, Aggies receiver Jeff Fuller ran a route over the middle of the field and looked for the ball. Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson put the ball on the money, but when the ball hit Fuller's hands, he was welcomed to Floyd Casey Stadium by Bears' safety Jake LaMar. LaMar delivered the hit of the night, a punishing shot, as the ball flew up in the air. Bears junior safety Jordan Lake picked the ball off at the Baylor 26-yard line.
The Baylor Bears held the Aggies to 308 yards of total offense compared to Baylor's 510 yards of total offense. The Baylor defense caused five turnpvers; 4 interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Aggies could only convert 2 of 9 on 3rd down coversions as the Bears put pressure on Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson all night.
The Bears will have to have another good day from their defense as they travel to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders after a bye week.
Baylor Defense Too Much For Aggies
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