Shawn Oakman is a hungry man.
On a night when not a lot of things went as planned or expected, Baylor coach Scott Drew got exactly what he wanted: a win and some teachable moments.
Ten years ago, Kim Mulkey used a four-letter word the Baylor coach never thought she would utter.
Baylor's offense comes and goes. But the one constant has been a smothering defense that makes life tough for any opponent.
Traditionally, Scott Drew has tried to schedule a softer spot in his schedule coming out of fall semester final exams.
Using two full-squad, hockey-line substitutions in the first 3 ½ minutes, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was trying to find some answers and just looking for somebody to step up.
After spending 16 of his 21-year coaching career by Art Briles' side, Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery is branching out.
Getting back two days earlier and going through just one full practice with her team, Baylor freshman Kristy Wallace could have been excused if she had had a bit of an off night.
Much like the "Battle of the Brazos," Johnathan Motley disappeared for a while.
Fittingly, on the night Baylor and Texas A&M exchanged pleasantries for the first time in nearly three years, Motley came out of hibernation.
When Robert Griffin III finished his collegiate career at the end of the 2011 season, many around the nation expected Baylor to slip back into obscurity. Few could have expected that three years later another quarterback would exceed his accomplishments.
For the last six weeks, Baylor head coach Art Briles remained quiet about the controversial College Football Playoff rankings, choosing instead to let his team's play on the field speak for itself.
Baylor football made history last year with its first outright conference championship in 33 years and first Big 12 title in the league's 18-year run.
Facing a one-point deficit on the road with 5 ½ minutes to play, and without their senior point guard on the floor, it would have been easy for the Baylor Bears to fold under the pressure of "Memorial Magic."
Plastered on the fence outside the Highers Complex practice fields is a sign that reads: "Finish Strong."
Long before the College Football Playoff committee released its first rankings last month, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty figured that "if you win the Big 12, you're pretty much in."
Last Thursday, we bellied up to the table, carved the bird and gave thanks. Two days later, things easily are taken for granted. How quickly we forget.
Not even The Matrix's Neo could have dodged this bullet.
Two wins away from repeating as Big 12 champions, it seems like it would be easy for the Baylor Bears to get caught looking ahead to that Dec. 6 showdown with 11th-ranked Kansas State at McLane Stadium.
Two years behind him, Orion Stewart never played football with Ahmad Dixon at Midway High School.
Texas Tech has made it clear. At 4-7 and already eliminated from any postseason consideration, the Red Raiders are making Saturday's game against fifth-ranked Baylor (9-1, 6-1) at AT&T Stadium their bowl game.