Monday, October 7, 2013
3-point stance: Breaking down Baylor
By Ivan Maisel
1. Baylor’s offensive numbers challenge history and strain credulity. The 4-0 Bears are averaging 779.5 yards per game. They are the first team to score 70 points in three consecutive games since 1930 (and scored 69 in their opener). But those pale in comparison to the most impressive statistic to me. Through 61 possessions, Baylor has yet to snap three downs and punt. They did turn the ball over once before making a first down, and they’ve had a couple of end-of-half knee-downs. But no three-and-out punts. That is mind-boggling.
2. Miami (Ohio) and Mike Haywood must think of 2010 as a fever dream. The RedHawks went from 1-11 in 2009 to 10-4 and the MAC championship in 2010. Haywood, Miami’s head coach, got hired as head coach at Pittsburgh. Within the month, Haywood got fired after a domestic violence arrest. The charges were dismissed but he hasn’t coached again. Miami hired Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell to replace Haywood. Treadwell had a record of 8-21, including an 0-5 mark this season, when Miami fired him Sunday.
3. Oregon has released no details about why tight end Colt Lyerla left the program except that he did so for personal reasons. But this much we know: Lyerla came into the season ranked as the 20th-best player in the Pac-12. He publicly complained about head coach Mark Helfrich. He apologized. And Lyerla, a junior with NFL potential, has made as many catches in 2013 as he has missed games -- two. Lyerla surrendered the chance to play with quarterback Marcus Mariota. No. 2 Oregon, at 5-0, has played well without him.