GRADING THE BEARS

BAYLOR 70, BUFFALO 13

Offense: A+

Baylor set a school record with 781 yards total offense and scored its most points in the school’s modern era of football in Saturday’s 70-13 blowout of Buffalo. By halftime, the Bears already had amassed 501 yards and 56 points before coach Art Briles pulled his starters after scoring on the first drive of the third quarter.

Bryce Petty played brilliantly in his second start at quarterback as he hit 13 of 16 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns while Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards and three scores.

Defense: A-

After giving up a couple of long bombs early in the game, the Bears shut out the Bulls in the final three quarters. For the second straight week, the defense scored a touchdown as linebacker Bryce Hager returned a fumble for 91 yards after nickelback Sam Holl stripped the ball from quarterback Joe Licata.

The Bulls had success throwing the ball with 280 yards, but Baylor held them to just 83 yards rushing and 1.7 yards per rush. The Bears recorded 11 tackles for loss, including sacks by Holl and Terrance Lloyd.

Special teams: A-

Levi Norwood had an excellent day returning punts as he averaged 12.5 yards on four returns. Aaron Jones wasn’t called to kick a field goal, but hit nine straight extra points and nailed six of his nine kickoffs for touchbacks. Spencer Roth punted three times in the second half for a 39.7-yard average.

Overall: A

For the second straight week, the Bears delivered a dominating performance. They scored touchdowns on eight of their first nine possessions in remarkably quick fashion. The Bears’ offense scored all nine of its touchdowns in less than two minutes, leaving Buffalo’s defense gasping to keep pace.

Making big plays and coming up with key stops, Baylor’s defense was a worthy complement to the dynamic offense.

– John Werner