Gridiron Report Card
The Spectrum grades the Bulls following loss at No. 23 Baylor
Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Updated: Saturday, September 7, 2013 22:09
The Good: Sophomore Joe Licata started the game off with a ‘flea-flicker’ pass to senior wide receiver Alex Neutz. Licata finished 10 for 17 for 214 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Bad: Licata had trouble finding anyone besides Neutz and he came out after the first half. He was replaced by senior quarterback Alex Zordich, who went 5 for 10 for 66 yards and rushed for 30 yards on six carries.
Running Backs: D+
The Good: Senior running back Branden Oliver looked better at times Saturday than he did last week, and he had a touchdown.
The Bad: At halftime, the Bulls were averaging .4 yards per carry. Oliver’s longest run of the season is 11 yards. He ran for 32 yards on 13 carries on Saturday
Wide Receivers: B+
The Good: Neutz was just 21 yards shy of the school record for receiving yards in a game, and he didn’t even play in the second half. He now has 295 yards on the season.
The Bad: The rest of the receiving corps was quiet, with only one other receiver having a reception of more than 10 yards. Senior Fred Lee had five catches for 29 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Ron Willoughby had one catch for 45 yards in the third quarter. The Bulls are still looking for a solid second receiving threat.
Tight Ends: C
The Good: Freshman Mason Schreck had one reception for five yards and senior Jimmy Gordon returned a kick for 13 yards.
The Bad: There was only one reception as a unit and Gordon was held without a catch again.
Offensive Line: D+
The Good: Oliver had a rushing touchdown, and Baylor’s defensive line didn’t look as dominant as Ohio State’s did last week.
The Bad: Licata was sacked two times and the running game wasn’t a factor at all. Despite rushing 49 times – they only passed 27 – the Bulls had nearly 200 fewer rushing yards than they did passing yards.
Defensive Line: F
The Good: The line looked bad all game.
The Bad: The Baylor offensive line was able to bunch the Bulls’ defensive line up at the line of scrimmage and allowed running back Lache Seastrunk to get into space and beat the defense with his speed. The D-line combined for four tackles and senior standout Colby Way had none.
The Good: The Bulls’ two sacks came from junior Jake Stockman and senior Adam Redden.
The Bad: A week after dominating Ohio State’s offense at times, the Bulls’ linebackers were outmatched by Baylor’s speed. Seastrunk beat them with his speed and shiftiness, and the Baylor quarterbacks were able to get the ball off fast enough that the linebackers couldn’t get to them.
Defensive Backs: F
The Good: They broke up one pass.
The Bad: Baylor’s receivers had no issue getting behind the Bulls’ safeties and cornerbacks. The receivers’ speed was just too much for senior Najja Johnson and company for the second straight week. It will be interesting to see how they respond in a more even matchup against Stony Brook.
Special Teams: C+
The Good: Sophomore punter Tyler Grassman had arguably his best game as a Bull, averaging 42.9 yards on eight punts. The coverage looked better at times as well, putting Baylor deep in their own territory to start a few drives.
The Bad: Junior kicker Pat Clarke had an extra point blocked, and punt and kick coverage was inconsistent, allowing Baylor a short field, which shortened Baylor’s already efficient offense.
The Good: The ‘flea-flicker’ was a great call to start the game, and the opening drive granted Bulls fans a short window of optimism.
The Bad: The rest of the game was bad. The offense was able to move the ball in the first quarter, but draw plays on 1st- and 2nd-and-long helped kill some promising drives. The defense was unable to stop Baylor all game, and the Bulls couldn’t find a way to make their best player – senior linebacker Khalil Mack – a factor in the game.
The Good: The early part of the game looked promising.
The Bad: Whenever you allow 70 points in a game, it’s not very good. When you allow 70 points and only score 13, it’s even worse. You didn’t have to be there to see this was a bad performance.