BAYLOR-NORTHWESTERN STATE REVIEW: Bears bounce back with big win, destroy Demons 51-6

by dentonramsey

BAYLOR-NORTHWESTERN STATE REVIEW: Bears bounce back with big win, destroy Demons 51-6

By Denton Ramsey, Big 12 Fans Baylor Correspondent

WACO, Texas – Baylor head football coach Art Briles picked up his first victory at the helm of the Bears pigskin program with a 51-6 annihilation of Northwestern State on Saturday evening, Sept. 6 at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Forget opening week’s loss to Wake Forest, a team quickly climbing the top-25 ladder.

The real way a team is defined is by how the respond to defeat. And the Bears showed exactly what green and gold team would be hitting the gridiron on Saturday night against the Demons.

“We had a good crowd tonight; I am really, really proud for them,” Briles said following the Bears victory. “I guess last week we felt people came out here ready to see it happen and to help us make it happen, and we did not fulfill expectations. We played intelligent and took care of the football. It was a situation where we did what we had to do. We had to be a dominant football team against them and we were.”

The Bears racked up 537 yards of total offense against the Demons, garnering seven touchdowns to go along with a 20-yard field goal.

“We want to run the ball; we didn’t run it quite as effectively as we wanted to,” Briles said. “We will try to stay balanced, that is the main thing to us. The execution was good. We hit a couple big plays early and we were able to establish a little something. I was proud we won the turnover battle and we didn’t have many penalties. I thought we played a pretty clean, disciplined football game.”

Freshman quarterback Robert Griffin played a major role in the Bears victory over the Demons, going 15-for-19 in passing for 294 yards and no interceptions.

“He did exactly what he needed to do; control the tempo on offense, make a couple plays, get himself out of a couple jams and be protective of the football,” Briles said. “He did a great job of throwing the football tonight.”

So what was the key to the Bears victory?

“The key to the game for us was up front on both sides of the ball,” Briles said. “That was our theme going into the week. We knew we had a chance to dominate up front and that is what we did, and that is what we will continue to try and do each week.”

For now, Baylor’s Bears – along with Briles – can temporarily take a sigh of relief after picking up win number one of the young season.

“It’s tough anytime to get a win,” Briles said. “This is a big win for this football team. It’s a big win for our university and we will certainly try and use it as a springboard.”

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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