Big 12 Notebook: A look at conference competition
- Sep. 23, 2013
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Texas gets back on track after beating K-State
Reeling after three games and two straight losses, Texas needed a redemption win and they got one as they beat Kansas State 31-21 on Saturday night.
Texas, after giving up more than 822 rushing yards in the last two games, buckled down this week in their first league game, yielding only 115 yards to K-State.
Texas head coach Mack Brown mentions that the different schemes in the defense were much simpler, and credited Greg Robinson for toning it down and allowing the players to just let loose.
Brown said it was a much-needed win, and their goal to win the Big 12 is still intact.
“I think what it does it gives them the confidence to move forward,” Brown said in the weekly Big 12 media teleconference. “Big 12 has been a really important goal since January.”
Baylor’s offense keeps rolling
Baylor head coach Art Briles showed last year that it’s not necessarily the Quarterback that makes the system, but rather the system that makes the QB.
When QB Nick Florence put up monstrous numbers last year it was a testament to Briles’ ability to construct a high-powered offense with different players and recruits.
Now Bryce Petty fills that lauded Baylor QB role, and Baylor is still putting up points again this year. Art Briles thinks the ceiling on Petty is sky-high right now and he still needs to work to reach it.
“He’s been okay,” Briles said. “He can be better. There’s a lot of areas he can get better and he will get better.”
Baylor now has totaled 209 points in just three games, albeit against lower competition, and is tops in the country by a large margin. Petty currently leads the country in QB rating with a stupendous 239.5.
Coupled with Petty’s passing attack is top-flight Big 12 running back Lance Seastrunk, who is second in the country with 11 yards per carry. Seastrunk has had three straight 100-yard-plus games and has amassed 417 yards thus far.
“Lance is a guy that takes care of himself from a physical standpoint and a mental preparation standpoint,” Briles said. “Really tuning in to what he needs to do to become the most complete back in America and that’s what his goal is.”
While the offense has dazzled with points through the first three games, Briles isn’t looking with a wide scope, but is instead gazing at the little things in front of him.
“You know, the strange thing is we’re not really looking at it and saying ‘wow,’” Briles said. “We’re just looking at it like we need to improve here, we need to execute better here, we need be able to pick up this 4th and-2; we’re looking at it like we’re just getting going.”
Big 12 Game of the Week
After a heartbreaking loss last year against Notre Dame, Bob Stoops realizes it’s going to take a lot of tight play and discipline to beat the Irish.
“I think first, turnovers are a huge deal,” Stoops said. “Third down conversions, each way stopping them and us get them. Being able to have good balance run and pass. I think last year they made all the plays down the stretch and that’s what changed the game.”
While Notre Dame has lost its defensive linchpin Manti Te’o, the team’s defense is still extremely stout, and Stoops says not a whole lot has changed.
“They’re a very similar team. Their schemes are all the same,” Stoops said. “They good athletes and well disciplined in everything they do.”
Oklahoma is recognized for going on the road against tough competition and, with QB Blake Bell’sfirst career road start, the atmosphere will be just another factor, but Stoops is well-seasoned when it comes to these situations.
“Hopefully we’ll handle it well,” Stoops said. “With our style of not huddling, hopefully we’ll be able to handle it the right way.”