When Blake Lynch switched from wide receiver to cornerback before the season opener against Liberty, it didn’t mean he would be a full-time defensive player all season.
Though he’s mostly played cornerback, he’s still seeing spot duty at receiver.
Lynch set up Baylor’s only touchdown in Saturday’s 38-7 loss to Texas when he caught a 52-yard pass from Charlie Brewer in the second quarter. The play put the Bears on the 3, and John Lovett ran for a two-yard touchdown.
Lynch likes playing both ways since that’s what he did at Gilmer High School.
“Yeah it’s fun,” Lynch said. “In high school I played both ways, so I really just like to do what I can to help the team win. I’m just doing whatever Coach Rhule wants me to do. I like defense, I like offense. I’m really focusing on both.”
Watching this one, you’d never get the idea that the Big 12 was the Wide Open Offense Conference.
Ogor makes first start
Baylor sophomore linebacker Eric Ogor has been a productive player all season, but he made his first start against the Longhorns.
He tied for the team lead with six tackles along with defensive backs Jameson Houston and Verkedric Vaughns. Ogor had one tackle for loss against Texas, and has collected 24 tackles with 6½ for loss for the season.
“That’s always a goal for somebody that plays defense is to disrupt the offense,” Ogor said. “So I feel like that should be a goal for any defensive player, because as a defense the biggest thing you want to do is be disruptive. That’s just a real high goal for me, and that’s something I hope I can accomplish here.”
Bears get second interception
When Grayland Arnold picked off UT quarterback Shane Buechele late in the third quarter, it marked a rare achievement for the Baylor defense.
It was the team’s second interception of the season.
Arnold and the Bears find it a little hard to believe that they haven’t been able to produce more picks. Baylor was tied with Coastal Carolina and Indiana, dead-last in the country, entering the day.
“Actually it can be discouraging at times and disturbing as well,” Arnold said. “Like, we know the playmakers that we have. We see it every day at practice. We’ve just got to translate that over to the field and make the plays happen.”
Roberts delivers second block
Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts gave the Bears an emotional boost in the first quarter when he swatted down Joshua Rowland’s field goal attempt.
It was the second blocked kick of the year for Roberts, a 6-foot-5 junior out of Nacogdoches. Coming into Saturday, only 12 players in the country had blocked as many as two kicks on the season.
Roberts’ first block came in a 17-10 loss to UT-San Antonio on Sept. 9.
Playing the first morning game at McLane Stadium this season, the Baylor offense looked like it just rolled out of bed.
Healthiest QB will get start vs. Kansas
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule used a revolving-door approach at quarterback against the Longhorns, alternating between sophomore Zach Smith and freshman Charlie Brewer.
Rhule said that the offensive coaches had designed packages for both QBs, though some of the decision on who to thrust into the game centered on whoever was healthiest at the time. He said that Smith likely could not have returned to the game late in the fourth quarter after being “banged up” against the Longhorns.
Whoever is healthiest will likely get the call against Kansas, Rhule said.
“First thing we’ll probably have to figure out is how healthy they are,” he said. “It didn’t seem like Zach was going to be able to go back in at the end of the game, so I was sort of examining option three. I don’t know if we’ll have one quarterback or maybe two next week.”