Shutout marks 3rd game in a row offense cannot put points on scoreboard
By ROB SINCLAIR
It wasn't pretty.
The Baylor football team matched up with the University of Nebraska Saturday in Lincoln, and was dominated in every phase of the game.
The final score was 59-0. Nebraska gained 459 yards on the ground, Baylor gained five. The Huskers controlled the ball for over 34 minutes of play and ran 23 more plays than Baylor.
'It was a tough day,' defensive coordinator Brick Haley said. 'It was a long day. We played a very good Nebraska team. They deserve to be No. 1.'
Nebraska improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in conference.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Bears, as the offense went three-and-out on its first possession. Adam Stiles came in to punt, only to have his attempt blocked by Keyuo Craver, who promptly scooped up the ball and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. Less than two minutes in, Nebraska led 7-0.
After the ensuing kickoff, Baylor again ran three plays before punting. Nebraska's Bobby Newcombe gave the Huskers a short field by returning to the Baylor 45-yard line. After a pair of handoffs to Dan Alexander, Nebraska was in the endzone again, and it was 14-0 after four minutes.
Baylor did not get a chance to punt after its third posession, because quarterback Kerry Dixon fumbled as he was sacked and the Huskers recovered at the Bear 15-yard line. Four plays later, Alexander scored for the second time, pushing Nebraska's advantage to 21-0 after six minutes.
And still the Huskers were not done. Scoring on their next six possessions, Nebraska stretched the lead to 38-0 after the first quarter and 52-0 at halftime.
The shutout marked the third game in a row Baylor has failed to score.
'Believe me, we are not the first team to get hammered by Nebraska,' head Coach Kevin Steele said, 'and we won't be the last either. That is a good football team.'
While some would be imploring the Baylor coaching staff to burn the videotape from this game, the Bears did show signs of life. Cornerback Gary Baxter continued his strong play with 12 tackles, and junior safety Kyle Staudt collected nine tackles in his most extensive playing time of the season.
'Baxter probably played the best of all the guys,' Haley said. 'Staudt filled in for Samir Al-Amin and played pretty well.'
Baylor potentially could be without Al-Amin again on Saturday against the University of Texas. Steele listed him as questionable with an injury to his lower quadricep and upper knee injury.
Additionally, Steele said middle linebacker Kris Micheaux was 'questionable at best' with a foot injury. For the offense, center Joe Jackson and fullback Melvin Barnett are both doubtful ankle injuries, according to Steele.
As easy as it would be to blame injuries for Baylor's performance, Steele did not want to take that road.
'I'm really hesitant to use that as an excuse because we have such good young men,' he said.
Baylor's game against the Longhorns has been moved to an 11:30 a.m. start time on Saturday to accommodate a regional television broadcast. It will be the 90th meeting between the schools.