1. Which Cowboy had the biggest influence on the win?
The easy answer is Vernand Morency. Morency has rushed for 496-yards over
the last two regular season games, but equally becoming as adept at being a
playmaker is the guy that lines up right in front of Morency. Shawn Willis gets
it done in a variety of ways. We've known he could catch the ball and rumble
with it. We've also seen him make blocks in blowing up linebackers like
"I'm glad I could help out in the running game because we have a lot of tailbacks injured," said Willis. "We pretty much just have Vernand, and I'm glad I could make plays and take some of the pressure on him.".
Against Baylor, Willis rushed for 47-yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. On those carries he showed leaping ability. Willis also has a real talent of moving a pile good distances. On one play he drove a pile of about eight or nine players for nine-yards. He also had a huge block in picking off a blitzing linebacker on Josh Fields' second quarter touchdown pass to Billy Bajema. If Willis doesn't pick off and de-cleat the blitzer, the pass likely doesn't get off.
"We've been practicing pass protection all week, and that was the first guy we were supposed to check," said Willis of the block he made to give Fields the time to toss the touchdown. "Really just focusing in on that this week, and I'm glad we did."
Willis is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable Cowboy players on the offensive side of the ball.
2. What is next for senior safety Elbert Craig?
Unfortunately, it will be the surgeon's scalpel. Craig went down when a Baylor offensive lineman cut him behind the quarterback in the end zone on a blitz. Craig, who made a heroic comeback two and half weeks after tearing his ACL in his right knee in a practice drill, was back to play in six games from Texas Tech to Baylor. Craig said after he came back to the sidelines in the second half dressed in street clothes that the knee shifted on him. When asked if he would rehab in an attempt to be ready for the bowl game, he said he thought it was time to get the surgery. Craig's effort will go down as one of the toughest accomplishments and one of the greatest examples of desire in Cowboy football lore.
3. Why was the tight end back so active in the passing game against Baylor?
The tight end has always been there, but Billy Bajema and Charlie Johnson
will tell you they've had different duties. Many times the tight ends have been
held in to block on pass plays to beef up protection against really talented
defensive fronts. The tight end was in the mix in the
Bajema and Johnson caught a combined five passes for 55-yards, but those receptions resulted in three first downs and one touchdown. It was a lot of fun according to Bajema.
"It felt real good to get back in the passing game and make a few plays,"
said the junior out of
4. What is the big guess or prediction on the bowl situation?
The guess and prediction is Cotton Bowl all the way. The fact is
As for the Cotton Bowl opponent from the SEC, the favorite is Ole Miss
after their loss to LSU. It could still be LSU. The word is that the SEC doesn't
favor sending one of their east teams to
5. Once the Cowboys get to the bowl who will be healthy enough to come back and play?
Defensive end Antonio Smith told us in