GRADING THE BEARS
BAYLOR 69, WOFFORD 3
Racking up 692 total yards, the Bears produced the same dynamic attack that’s been tearing up defenses for the last three years. Bryce Petty delivered a brilliant debut as starting quarterback as he hit 19 of 24 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns. With Tevin Reese catching five passes for 97 yards and Antwan Goodley grabbing five for 90 yards, nine Baylor receivers caught passes.
Baylor’s ground game was also tremendous as it racked 303 yards and 6.7 yards per carry including a 111-yard, two-touchdown performance by Lache Seastrunk on just 11 carries. The only downside was a pair of fumbles but that’s nitpicking for a team that scored its most points ever at Floyd Casey Stadium.
The Bears picked up where they left off from last year’s dominanting Holiday Bowl performance against UCLA as they held Wofford to 233 total yards. The Terriers averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in their run-based triple-option attack and picked up only 60 yards passing. Baylor defensive end Chris McAllister returned a first-quarter interception for a 25-yard touchdown, while Jamal Palmer recovered a pair of fumbles and picked up a sack.
Baylor finished with three sacks and recorded a remarkable 15 tackles for loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A
Baylor kicker Aaron Jones had a busy night kicking extra points as he hit all nine that he attempted, and also nailed a 25-yard field goal to set a school record with the 46th of his career. Jones was also excellent on his kickoffs as all eight went for touchbacks. Reserve kicker Kyle Peterson showed he has a powerful leg by nailing a 43-yarder for the final score of the game with four minutes remaining. With Baylor’s offense so productive, Spencer Roth only punted once for 40 yards.
Baylor couldn’t have played much better in a 69-3 blowout of Wofford. The Bears’ offense looked as proficient and dynamic as ever while an opportunistic defense hammered Wofford. Saturday’s upcoming game against Buffalo will likely be a much tougher test as the Bulls hung with No. 2 Ohio State for most of the game before dropping a 40-20 decision in their season opener.
– John Werner