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Recap: Baylor Takes Care Of Business Against Stephen F. Austin

Breaking down the Bears’s dominant win over the Lumberjacks.

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Baylor did what they needed to do in their opening game against Stephen F. Austin with a 38-point victory in Waco.

The Lumberjacks were never supposed to compete in this one, as the are a bad FCS team. The games was close for short while as Baylor was up just 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. However, The Bears scored 21-unanswered points to end the half up 35-7. 

The Baylor dominance continued into the second half as the second and third string got work. They scored 21 additional points in third quarter to take a commanding 56-7 lead to end the third quarter.

Stephen F. Austin continued to fight though, and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter against mostly backups. All in all, it was exactly what Baylor was supposed to do against an less talented opponent. 

Like with any opener though, there were some things Baylor will need to clean up before they welcome UTSA to Waco next week. It was a good win though, and the Bears look to be a tough out for the rest of the Big 12.

Key Plays Of The Game

11:48 1st [BU 1st & 10 at SFA 16] – Trestan Ebner caught a 16-yard reception for a touchdown to get Baylor on the board first. 

14:11 2nd [SFA 2nd & 16 at SFA 18] – Baylor safety Blake Lynch picked off SFA quarterback Trae SElf to give the Bears excellent field position. 

13:40 3rd [BU 1st & 10 at SFA 21] – RJ Sneed made an incredible catch to score his second touchdown of the game, and extended Baylor’s lead to 42-7. 

Key Stats Of The Game

1 Interception – Baylor had 10 interceptions last year, and would like to see that number improve this year. This is a good sign moving forward.

14 Yards Per Rush – The running back combo of  John Lovett, Gerry Bohanon and Trestan Ebner averaged an incredible 14 yards per carry. Lovett averaged 13.5 yards on eight carries, Bohanon averaged 14 yards on six carries, and Ebner picked up 32 yards on just two rushes.

67% Completion Percentage – Charlie Brewer was 21 of 31 for 199 yards in basically one half of play against SFA. He was benched after the Bear’s first drive of the second half.

518 Yards – Baylor’s offense picked up right were they left off in the Texas bowl by amassing 518 yards of total offense.

5 Penalties For 30 Yards – Baylor was able to limit penalties and appeared to be more disciplined than they were last year with only five penalties for 30 yards. 

Baylor Players of the Game

  • Charlie Brewer, QB (21/31 for 199 yds, 3 TDs)
  • Trestan Ebner, RB (2 Car for 32 yds, 8 Rec for 40 yds, 3 TDs)
  • John Lovett, RB (8 Car for 108 yards, 1 TD)
  • RJ Sneed, WR (5 Rec for 57 yards, 2 TDs)

5 Remaining Thoughts 

Offensive line still has worked to do. Matt Rhule has said he wants to get the best five on the field, so we will see some different variations of this offensive line unit. However, in the first half, Brewer faced too much pressure considering this was a bad FCS opponent. 

Offense is going to be fine. There was some concern after fall camp that the offense had struggled some in practice, but Baylor proved they have playmakers all over the field. 

Defense was flying around. The word about Phil Snow’s defense was that it allows defenders to react and not have to think. It finally looked that way. Clay Johnston was all over the place flying around shooting gaps and disrupting the offense. 

Special teams are a strength. Baylor had two blocked kicks tonight. They blocked a punt in first quarter, and blocked a field goal late in the game. That makes 11 blocked kicks since Matt Rhule has been at Baylor. 

Blake Lynch is a defensive playmaker. Lynch has created a turnover in three consecutive games going back to last year. He had a interception against Texas Tech, a fumble recovery against Vanderbilt in the bowl game, and he added an interception against SFA. 

Game Highlights

Matt Rhule Post-Game Press Conference

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