From the Sunny Side: TcUSeptember 19, 2010 by: BearlyCoherent
We here at Thee Bears gave serious consideration to not posting a review of this game. Coach Long Sleeves‘ team was not prepared to play yesterday, and we are not prepared to blog today. It was tough enough to not jump off that ledge last night, but I figured we owed it to our reader (thanks Mom!). Those Bears looked like the Obama-Democrats at the polls come this November: steamrolled.
There is really no reason whatsoever to dive into the stats of this game, we truly had our asses handed to us, and there is no need to relive the embarrassment. I usually take notes at our games, but after the first 2 drives of the game, I ripped up my paper, and drank the ink from my pen in hopes that it was toxic.
I really expected our team to stand up and show some fight. I didn’t expect us to win. After all, TcU is the #4 team in the country and we…….aren’t. We have much left to prove but I did expect us to be competitive. That game was Steele-esque (or should it be Steal-esque?). Hopefully the “game” yesterday will be a painful reminder to our players as to how hard you must fight to win.
Our inability to tackle was exposed time and time again. I don’t know how many times we hit a frog at the line of scrimmage or behind the line of scrimmage only to have it turn into a 4, 6 or 8 yard gain. Wesley is a great running back, but still, this should not happen time and time again.
Then we played the same 8-10 yards off the wide receiver defense that turned a career 60% pass completing quarterback into a 91.3% qb (21/23). I’ve been watching this defensive alignment under Norwood for 27 games now. Last year I was willing to blame this 8-10 yard cushion on personnel (youth & injuries), but our current secondary supposedly has speed to burn. Why are we wasting it? Is Norwood that scared he will give up a big play? TcU’s defense is extremely susceptible to giving up big plays (which we almost connected on 3 different times but was over-thrown every time), but at least they aren’t scared.
Has this 8-10 yard cushion worked against any team in the last 2 years? What frustrates me the most is that Norwood does not adapt during the game. TcU was killing us with the short passes for 5-8 yard gains, and did he move the DBs closer? Hell no.
Also, no one cares about attendance smack other than that is exactly what is keeping TcU out of a BCS conference (oh, and small number of living alumni, DFW is already owned by UT, A&M, and to a much lesser degree BU – but still bigger than TcU, etc.). That being said, is that what they consider a sellout? See the pictures below. I sat there wondering if that was some marketing tactic to keep Baylor fans from buying the tickets. (aren’t we all glad it worked because after gouging out your eyes watching that performance, some may never come back). Baylor needs to start counting ticket sales the way a TcU does. In reality though, it is a shame they don’t get more support for a good football team.
We had too many dropped passes yesterday. We had to play mistake free and as much as TcU was killing us, we spent a decent amount of time killing ourselves by not capitalizing on opportunities. Illegal formations and RGIII taking timeouts from the line of scrimmage will not get us to a bowl this year…..tear….
Maybe one bright spot was we only had 6 penalties. As crappy as we played, at least we have this to be proud of, or maybe the refs just felt sorry for us. (did I really just celebrate single digit penalties?)
How about that helmet to helmet hit on the TcU punt return? No one is going to get that call down 32 points, but we’re very fortunate someone didn’t get hurt. That was about as text book helmet to helmet as it comes.
There’s also been some play in the media of some quote Robert Griffin III (not Jr. as the PA announcer said a few times at Amon-Carter yesterday…he also said Mike Hicks tackled Jay Finley once making me question how much i had to drink before the game) made after last week’s win against Buffalo about playing TcU. Griffin said “We’re constantly trying to build. Buffalo was a step up from Sam Houston, and TCU will be a step up from Buffalo. So we’re just looking forward to having these games and continuing to get better.”
That’s some pretty heavy smack talk from RGIII there (snicker) but apparently this was worthy and helpful enough for TcU coach Patterson to rile up his troops. Apparently it worked as TcU scored on the opening drive and never looked back. (I take that back, they did look back after the 5th drive!! Suck it Dalton!)
TcU wanted to send a reminder, with one of the most senior and experienced teams in the country, who the better program is at this time. Our players decided to accept this message and walked away knowing, regardless of what they think of TcU’s strength of schedule or their #4 ranking, they were outplayed in every phase of the game.
There were even t-shirts printed urging the Frogs to “Beat Baylor!”. I found myself looking for one of these shirts at half time.
And interestingly enough, I didn’t hear hardly any smack talk out of the TcU fans. We were on the alumni side, but either way, thank God! It would have been even more embarrassing to brag about our domination in the penalty category. I salute you TcU. Maybe y’all can start to end the self-loathing and realize you have a quality football program. Now all you need to do is build a fan base to support it.
So where does that leave us? The Baylor faithful are left wondering was this a fluke? Is this team that bad? Even last year with a 3rd string QB and 6 starters out for much of the season, we didn’t see this kind of performance.
Unfortunately, our players did not realize how much jealousy TcU has for Baylor. To them, this is a HUGE rivalry game. We took what was theirs. Ann Richards!!!! blah blah blah. Granted most of the kids playing yesterday were hardly out of diapers when all that happened and likely don’t remember seeing a SWC game, but our team didn’t match their intensity or desire to win. (props to the TcU administration for getting it when they were left out in the cold, and shame on BU’s administration for hiring Sloan and letting him hire Stanton).
That is not the Baylor football that so many of the somewhat older alum recall ever seeing. I was hopeful it was gone for good once Briles arrived. Maybe there’s still hope. I won’t give up on this team, but yesterday was one awful display of football.
See you in Waco in ’11. (without your 27 current Seniors)