With Baylor head coach Art Briles mourning the loss of his older brother, Eddie Briles, who died Wednesday of head injuries from a fall, the ninth-ranked Bears carried a "Win One for Coach" mentality into Saturday's game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
While it's certainly true that Baylor's explosive offense hasn't scored on its opening drive since a 35-25 win at Kansas State on Oct. 12, don't be so quick to label the ninth-ranked Bears (9-1, 6-1) as slow starters.
Before most of his Baylor football teammates had even started high school, Clay Fuller already owned a house and was playing pro baseball in the Los Angeles Angels' organization.
Early Sunday morning, a matter of hours after a crushing 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty tweeted: "One loss will NOT define us. We will learn, we will fight, we will never give up."
This game should have been played on Halloween or maybe even April's Fool Day. Maybe then you could have explained all the weird stuff that happened in the third-ranked Baylor Bears' crushing 49-17 loss to the ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on a frigid night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Baylor gets its best chance to end all the "Yeah, but . . ." talk when the third-ranked Bears (9-0, 6-0) play No. 9/11 Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.
The 20th-ranked Bears seemed firmly in control with a 10-point lead in the final two minutes. But with Baylor turning it over twice in a 17-second span, upset-minded Charleston Southern scored seven unanswered points and had an open 3-pointer to tie it before falling, 69-64, on Wednesday before a Ferrell Center crowd of 5,185.
Ever since he put on those oversized shoulder pads for the first time as a 4-year-old pee-wee football player in Warner Robins, Ga., Baylor cornerback K.J. Morton has always been one of the smallest players on the field.
Ahmad Dixon has obviously done his homework. While the senior safety has only been on two of Baylor's 10 consecutive losing trips to Stillwater, Okla., he was well aware of the history of the Bears' history against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
On the court, Baylor's Canadian connections both impressed, combining for four 3-pointers and 39 points in the 23rd-ranked Bears' 87-68 win over Louisiana-Lafayette before a crowd of 5,290 at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor's blueprint for success during a school-record 8-0 start was blowing out teams by halftime and never letting them get off the mat. But this time, it was the Bears that hit the mat first, taking Texas Tech's best shot and falling behind, 20-7, in the first 12 minutes of Saturday's game at AT&T Stadium.
Certainly the venue is bigger. The Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium can squeeze in more than 100,000 people and has even hosted a Super Bowl.
BBF Members, please note the parking changes for the 2013 season at Floyd Casey Stadium.
With the move to Baylor Stadium next year, joining the Baylor Bear Foundation now is the ideal opportunity to improve position for seats next year at Baylor Stadium. Selection for the new stadium will be based on 2013-14 BBF membership level and ticket limits will be based on the number of seats you own in 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium.
With college recruiting, the theory is to "go where the talent is." Sixth-year Baylor head football coach Art Briles takes it a step farther, taking his camp on the road to stops this year in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Marshall, Texas.
Todd Harbour is looking forward to that day, "when we get to Heaven," where there are no lows or disappointments.
After riding out a six-hour storm delay, Baylor came through with four more berths in the NCAA Championships on Friday in the second day of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.
If pro scouts or anyone else had any doubts about the 6-foot-4 hard-throwing right-hander, he laid them to rest on Thursday afternoon when he struck out 12 and tossed a complete-game three-hitter as the fourth-seeded Sooners shut out fifth-seeded Baylor, 2-0, at the Big 12 Championship.
Amherst, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo with a population of 122,366, is actually only slightly larger than Waco, Texas. But growing up in the shadows of New York City, Ashley Fields was used to the bright lights and a much faster pace. How could a girl from New York make it at Baylor and in the comparatively slower-than-molasses pace of Central Texas?
After an intensely crazy Big 12 race that saw five teams go into the final weekend with a chance to win it - and one game separating second place and seventh - the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City is "anybody's tournament to win, absolutely."