Tag:Tevin Reese
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:45 am

Keys to the Game: Baylor vs. Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

BAYLOR WILL WIN IF: It continues to use a more balanced approach on offense. There's not much more fun that can be had while watching college football than watching Robert Griffin drop back and wing the football all over the field to guys like Kendall Wright and Tevin Reese, but it may be the running game that is most important for Baylor. Simply put, the Baylor defense is not very good, as it is giving up nearly 30 points per game. Facing a Texas A&M defense that is giving up 347.6 yards per game through the air may be very enticing for Baylor this week, but it needs to keep feeding the ball to Terrence Ganaway. This Texas A&M offense is pretty good too, and can hang with Baylor point for point if it has to. The best way to keep that from happening is to keep it off the field. If Baylor goes for the quick strikes, odds are Texas A&M will answer back, and while that will make for a fantastic game to watch, it might not lead to a victory for the Bears.

TEXAS A&M WILL WIN IF: It keeps the Baylor offense off of the field. Texas A&M will be able to put up points on this Baylor defense, but it probably doesn't want to get involved in an old fashioned shootout. With two backs like Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, along with Ryan Tannehill's ability to tuck the ball and run, there's no reason the Aggies can't dominate the time of possession in this game. So Mike Sherman and the Aggies should use Gray and Michael to sustain long scoring drives and keep Robert Griffin off the field as much as possible. Yes, this is a team that can score 48-50 points if it has to, but it will probably be better served scoring somewhere between 35-40 and keeping its defense rested and ready to get after Griffin.

X-FACTOR: Coryell Judie and Terrence Frederick. The Texas A&M secondary has been torched so far this season, and if that's going to stop anytime soon it will be on the shoulders of Judie and Frederick. Both corners will have their hands full with Kendall Wright on Saturday in Waco, but if they can keep him in check and limit the big plays, then there's no reason that Texas A&M shouldn't go home with a win. 
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 11:05 pm

QUICK HITS: Baylor 56 Rice 31

Posted by Tom Fornelli

BAYLOR WON. Rather easily at that. Robert Griffin continued to set the world on fire with another insane performance, completing 28/32 passes for 332 yards and 5 touchdowns while rushing for 51 yards and another score. Those 5 touchdown passes? All five went to different receivers. In other words, Griffin hasn't exactly slowed down since the entire country got a look at him in the season opener against TCU. Both Kendall Wright (10 receptions, 111 yards, 1 touchdown) and Tevin Reese (7 receptions, 101 yards, 1 touchdown) were his favorite targets on the night.

WHY BAYLOR WON. While the Rice offense has proven that it's capable of putting up yards and points, it just doesn't have the talent to match Griffin and company. The Bears had 655 yards of total offense in the game, and that was after they called off the dogs in the fourth quarter, removing most of the starters. Still, Baylor has to be somewhat concerned about the fact it gave up 35 points and 416 yards to Rice. Sure, Rice's offense is more than capable of such a performance, but I'd really like to see Baylor put an opponent away if it's going to have any real shot of finishing near the top of the Big 12.

WHEN BAYLOR WON. I'd say this game was just about over when Terence Ganaway's 4-yard touchdown early in the second quarter made it 28-0, but it was probably earlier than that.

WHAT BAYLOR WON. A non-conference game that doesn't mean much in the scheme of things, but at the very least Baylor earned the right to continue hyping Griffin as a Heisman candidate.

WHAT RICE LOST. A game that it was supposed to, nothing more, nothing less.

THAT WAS CRAZY. So far this season Robert Griffin has thrown 13 touchdown passes. Which puts him on pace to finish the season with 56 touchdowns should the Bears reach a bowl game. What's truly insane about that number, though, is that Griffin has completed 70 of his 82 pass attempts on the season. That means Griffin has thrown more touchdowns than incompletions in 2011. Statistically he's more likely to throw a touchdown than he is an incompletion!
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