#5 Baylor Near Perfect in 70-17 Romp Over Rice

Published: Sep 26, 2015 20:15pm EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Sep 26, 2015 @ 08:15pm EDT

 

By Michael Owen

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WACO, TX - Playing possibly their most complete game from the the start, the No. 5 Baylor Bears (3-0) built a 32-point halftime lead and blew out  to a 70–17 win over Rice (2-2) before 43,619 fans on a 90+ degree day on Saturday at McLane Stadium.

During his Monday press conference, Briles said he felt like he hadn’t coached with his usual edge during Baylor’s first two games against SMU and Lamar. Both games, although wins, started very slowly for the Bears. Briles wanted to get that edge back and expected his team to follow, especially with conference play beginning next week against Texas Tech..

Playing their final non conference game before next week’s Big 12 opener against the Red Raiders, the Bears got off to a strong start and fixed a lot of the issues that they were challenged with in their first two games. The Bears looked crisp and efficient and played with a sense of purpose that hadn’t been there before.

"It's a big, big win for Baylor" Briles said after the game. "Especially knowing we have a tough game next week against Texas Tech" Briles continued. "We did what we aspired to do today. It's a good win."

Seth Russell had a very efficient game for the Bears as he hit on 12 of 16 passes for 277 yards and a school record-tying six touchdowns. More importantly, his decision making was as good as it's been all season as he did not turn the ball over after throwing 4 picks in his 1st two games.

"The line and the receivers do all the work, I just sit back there and look pretty" Russell jokingly said after the game.

The Bears #1 ranked offense should continue to hold that ranking as they amassed 793 yards of total offense including 366 yards passing and an astounding 427 yards on the ground. Shock Linwood led the ground attack with 158 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown while Terence Williams chipped in 114 yards rushing on 19 carries and a touchdown.

Corey Coleman was the leading reciever for the Bears and continued to show why he might be the best receiver in the country as he made six catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns. The returning all-Big 12 junior has now caught eight touchdown passes in three games on only 16 receptions. Coleman had only 11 catches for TD's in 2014.

Next up: The 3-0 Bears travel to Arlington to play a home game against Texas Tech while Rice (2-2) opens up their Conference USA schedule at home against Western Kentucky.


 

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