The Baylor Bears travel to Missouri this Saturday to take on the Missouri Tigers. While Baylor lost last week‘s contest against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Bears recognize that the defensive performance in the 2nd half of the game is something that they can carry with them in terms of momentum.
Baylor held the Cornhuskers scoreless for the entire 2nd half of play last week, and added a defensive touchdown on a 45 yard interception return by Bears' cornerback Clifton Odom. The Baylor defense, led by seniors Joe Pawelek and Jason Lamb, held the Nebraska offense to only 1of 8 on 3rd down conversions in the 2nd half of play.
"This last week [against Nebraska], coming out that second half, we played how we know we are capable of playing. Everybody was doing their job. Everybody was being where they were supposed to be. That is the reason why we were successful in the 2nd half," said senior defensive lineman Jason Lamb on Tuesday.
The Baylor Bears defense which has given up on average close to 24 points a game to opponents this season, only allowed the Cornhuskers 20 points in the contest. 7 of those 20 points came on a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the game's first two minutes. Baylor also held the Cornhuskers to well below the rushing and passing yards Baylor has allowed to opponents on average this season. But the Baylor Bears realize that in order to win football games, they must put a complete game together.
"I think it is apparent that we have kind of struggled starting off the game. It is something that we definitely focus on. What we try to do is come out fast and not wait until halfway through the game to start playing well, " said Lamb.
While Baylor continues to try and find the right formula to increase its offensive production, the Baylor defense know it must do its part as well.
"The defensive scoring touchdowns is huge. Any way that we can points on the board, offensively, defensively, or special teams is huge. That's a big momentum swing, when you can score points on defense."
Baylor D Looks To Carry Momentum To Mizzou
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