To reach the next level, Baylor coach Matt Rhule wants to build a team that’s dynamic and balanced offensively, aggressive and smart defensively, and so disciplined that it won’t be its own worst enemy.
Rhule saw a lot of those elements in Saturday’s season-opening 56-17 win over SFA at McLane Stadium. But he wants to see them more often moving forward.
With quarterback Charlie Brewer showing veteran leadership and running back Trestan Ebner unveiling his receiving and running skills to score three touchdowns, the Bears rolled up 518 yards total offense almost equally split between passing and running.
Baylor’s defense gave up just 277 yards, sacked SFA quarterbacks three times, and forced a turnover when linebacker Blake Lynch intercepted a second quarter pass.
The Bears were penalized just five times for 30 yards, a big improvement from last year when they ranked eighth in the Big 12 by averaging 68.8 penalty yards per game.
But at the same time, Rhule knows Baylor’s schedule will get progressively tougher, and the Bears will need to be sharper in every area as the season unfolds. The Bears will stay at home to host UTSA at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“It was one of those games where we did enough good things to be happy, but enough things that I can get upset about and correct,” Rhule said. “I thought offensively we looked sharp early. We didn’t have a lot of penalties until some silly things late. So we looked like a good football team at times.”