Saturday, October 2, 2010

Baylor’s short passing game catches Jayhawks by surprise

Scheme surprised KU

Kansas cornerback Greg Brown tails Baylor receiver Kendall Wright as he reaches for a deep pass during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.

Kansas cornerback Greg Brown tails Baylor receiver Kendall Wright as he reaches for a deep pass during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.



Baylor defeats KU, 55-7

Baylor dismantled Kansas, 55-7, Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Waco, Texas.

— Kansas University football coaches and players prepared for the wrong Baylor offense in the Bears’ 55-7 victory Saturday.

“We were expecting pass, but not passes like that,” KU linebacker Steven Johnson said. “They were running hitches and bubbles and screens, and that was it. They got us going lateral really fast. That was really all they were doing at first, and we weren’t really expecting it.”

KU safety Olaitan Oguntodu said KU’s gameplan for defending Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was to keep him in the pocket and limit his deep passes.

The Jayhawks instead were beaten consistently by short throws to the outside.

“When they just kept throwing the ball, it started getting us tired, because we were sideline to sideline to sideline,” Johnson said. “That same thing happened at Southern Miss, so we’ve got to learn from it and get better at it so it won’t happen again.”

The short passes accomplished more than just wearing down the Jayhawks.

Once the Kansas players committed themselves to the outside passes, Baylor counter-attacked with a trick play.

Early in the third quarter, Griffin threw a lateral to receiver Kendall Wright, who then tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams — who was uncovered because all of KU’s defenders were pursuing Wright.

The receiver screens also helped Baylor’s running backs.

“When you get us going sideways, and then when you run the ball, it will soften up,” Johnson said, “because we’re expecting to go lateral instead of upfield.”

Johnson said KU was anticipating more intermediate routes from Baylor receivers.

“I was looking for a lot more digs and in-cuts, and they really weren’t doing that,” Johnson said. “They were throwing hitches and getting yards off of that — six or seven yards every pop.”

Ironically, in trying to defend against deep passes, KU surrendered the longest pass play in Baylor history on a short throw.

After catching a receiver screen, Josh Gordon broke a tackle and sprinted 94 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.

“You can’t let a quick screen go to the outside,” Oguntodu said. “That’s what they want. They want to go on the outside. We’ll watch film. We’ll figure it out.”

Against KU, Baylor threw for 434 yards. The Jayhawks had allowed just 514 passing yards in their first four games combined.

“It’s not my place to single out any individual, but I’ll tell you this: When you play football, and when you play defense, you play as a team,” Oguntodu said. “And when you don’t do that, you get embarrassed.”


jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 6 months ago

We are paying Gill two Million for what, this? What an embarrassment and we look ignorant. When is enough, enough? I have said this when they hired this idiot. I couldn't understant what they saw in this moron. Now we know how we measure up to the worst teams.


labbadabba 3 years, 6 months ago

Why would this be a suprise to them? If I'm an offensive coordinator and I see DB's lining up 9 yards off the ball on every play, I go ahead and take that little 7 yard out or bubble screen all day long...

This was suprising? All you had to do was watch Clint Bowen's defenses the past two years to know how well this strategy works.


kranny 3 years, 6 months ago

When we crowded them they beat our corners deep anyway. When we played off they ran WR screens and our smaller corners got pancaked to the ground. That 94 yard play was bound to happen sooner or later because our corners and safeties were getting flattened by their big boys. We need bigger, faster, stronger guys. We need Opurum to take handoffs and wear interior linemen down so our line can block them easier over the long haul of the game. If a 240 pound back slams into you so have to catch your breath for a play, that makes a linemen's job a lot easier to block you. Football isn't rocket science.


hawkfan20 3 years, 6 months ago

Having the corners play 10 yards off the receivers was a terrible strategy. Griffin is an erratic passer and just conceding all those short passes got him in a rhythm. Then when you're charging up there to go after those patterns, you get burned deep. For better or worse, KU is going to have to put some dbacks on the field that can play within 4 yards off the ball at least some of the time.


JayViking 3 years, 6 months ago

If we were caught off guard, then our coaching staff needs to learn some lessons.

I'm an amateur fan here and I could tell you they did about the same damn thing the entire game. 4 WR set with 1 RB in the backfield. Griffin gives a zone read or just a simple fake hand off to the RB going one way, he then turns and immediately throws a WR screen to the outside receiver.

Somehow neither our 10 yard cushion nor our lack of adjusting to their playcalling seemed to work.


kranny 3 years, 6 months ago

Honestly, I didn't think we played too badly the first half. We moved the ball but turnovers were costly and our defense exposed our lack of speed and talent. I still wish Opurum would come in on the 2nd and 4 yds to go or the 3rd and 3s.


sdoyel 3 years, 6 months ago

Baylor ran about 3 different pass plays the entire game. Why we didn't adjust to those short routes is beyond me.


Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Realistically, this season...I look for our young team to learn in alot of ways. Facing BigXII competition, unfortunately means enduring more L's than any one would like. But a greater (and better) reality arrives next year as we play OU and TX every single year. No more pretending, or B12N* (asterisk) wins. Working hard this season for meaningful seasons every year thereafter.


Jayhawk1116 3 years, 6 months ago

Transition year. Plain and simple.


mulaza 3 years, 6 months ago

i remember when our team used to play that way


jayhawkintx73 3 years, 6 months ago

No excuses. KUs offense turned it over. 96 yard wide receiver screen TD pass? You have to be kidding. KU players, you didn't play football today.


prairie_dog 3 years, 6 months ago

Polite version: "They schemed us well." Brutally honest version: "We got outcoached--thoroughly."


CatsEatBirds 3 years, 6 months ago

The kids are saying the right things and taking responsibility for not playing it right. But it seems if the coaching staff had done better work, the kids would have been ready for these moves by Baylor. At least the kids are thus sticking up for the coaching staff and not passing the blame. They must trust and like the coaches if they're acting that mature. Easy to pass the buck on such a poor performance.

Lots of learning to do and adjustments to make. The Baylor staff looked like geniuses today.


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