Oct. 14, 2007
After dropping a 58-10 decision at No. 20 Kansas last Saturday, the Baylor football team returns home to host No. 19 Texas this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Floyd Casey Stadium. The 97th meeting between the Bears and Longhorns will be televised nationally by Versus.
Here are some of Baylor coach Guy Morriss' thoughts on the Bears' loss to Kansas:
Are your players to the point where they can handle adversity yet?
Morriss: "I think it is some youth. It's one thing and then we come out and have some success then we could put it behind us. But it's when one, two, three, four things start happening. We do it to ourselves like when we dropped that punt...We started off good. Our kids were really flying around... But it adds up quick."
"When they had a short field, they hurt us. We put our defense in bad field position a lot, and then they would get hammered and their confidence begins to slip as they play a lot of snaps. Then we get into a situation where we have to call on some of our backups to get young guys in there playing."
Did the offense ever hit any type of rhythm against Kansas?
Morriss: "Not really. You know, we didn't get much going. There was the drive we got the field goal on, but it's just one of those things where we just self-destruct. When we don't do that, then we are able to move the ball. We're just intent on beating ourselves."
Is there defense one of the better defenses that you've seen?
Morriss: "No, I don't think so. We had good protection again this week. We didn't run the ball as well as we like. But the thing is that you've got to get your passing game going to open up the run. For us to establish a running game and get the amount of yards we want, then we need to throw and catch. We can't seem to get in that rhythm right now."
How did your pass rush do against Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing?
Morriss: "He is an elusive young man. He was hard to bring down. We had four sacks and pressured him a bunch. Most of the time when he scrambled, he wouldn't complete the pass. We did force him out of his rhythm a little bit. From the sideline, it looked like they were struggling to find their rhythm. But we got generous and starting turning it over."
Talk about the delay in the middle of the game.
Morriss: "We got them off their feet and had plenty to drink and just waited. Delays can be hard to get cranked back up, but I think we did afterward."
Are you throwling less to the middle of the field on passes?
Morriss: "With that zone where they are dropping people across the board, the corner routes would have been big, and the our routes would have been big. We just weren't very sharp on them."
What was the reasoning behind to quarterback changes?
Morriss: "I think he had just thrown another interception, and we weren't in any kind of rhythm. Unless we were just lighting it up, we were going to put Blake Szymanski back out there. We let him get over there and calm down a little bit and talk to him. Whatever it was, we just wanted to give him a chance to watch. We decided to put Ryan Roberts in because he had a couple of really good weeks of practice. He was really sharp and his attitude had been good. We went with him, and it was alright. He took a sack, and the draw play was not a draw. Brad Taylor was wide open. He just decided before his back foot hit the ground that he was going to run it. We weren't having any luck there, so we put Blake back in and it wasn't getting any better. So lets see what the freshman can do. We needed to find somebody to spark this football team."
Do you worry about the mental aspect of pulling a guy like that?
Morriss: "Yeah, that's always a dilemma. That's why a lot of people go too long before making a change so that you don't affect his confidence."
"Between now and Tuesday, we need to sit down as a staff and decide who gives us the best opportunity to move the football. We'll talk about it. In our system you've got to have the reps.
Sunday Baylor Football Notes: Baylor is playing back-to-back games against nationally ranked opponents (No. 20 Kansas last week, No. 19 Texas this week) and based on this week's Associated Press poll, is in the midst of a five-game stretch against rated foes as its next three opponents after Texas--Kansas State (No. 25), Texas Tech (No. 22) and Oklahoma (No. 5) are all ranked ... Baylor has lost 10 straight games to ranked (AP) opponents since a 35-34 OT win over 16th-ranked Texas A&M in Waco, Oct. 30, 2004 ... Sophomore QB Blake Szymanski's 1,934 passing yards rank seventh on Baylor's single-season list, while he stands No. 5 in completions (170) and No. 4 in attempts (317) ... Sophomore WR David Gettis' 97-yard kickoff return touchdown at Kansas was the first by a Bear since Shaun Rochon's 98-yard return in 2005 at Oklahoma and marked Baylor's 15th non-offensive score in the last five seasons ... Senior running back Brandon Whitaker needs 77 rushing yards to become the 28th Bear in school history to reach the career 1,000-yard plateau ... Junior ROV Jake La Mar registered a career-high 9 tackles (5 solos) at No. 20 Kansas ... Sophomore NT Trey Bryant had a career-high 5 tackles (4 solos) vs. the Jayhawks ... Texas leads the all-time series against Baylor by a 70-22-4 margin and has won nine straight from the Bears since a 23-21 Baylor victory over the Longhorns, Nov. 1, 1997, at Waco.