Saturday, September 21, 2013
Baylor piling up points in first three games
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Baylor Bears have absolutely dominated their non-conference opponents this season.
Through three games, they’ve outscored their opponents by a combined score of 209-23, the largest scoring differential through the first three games by any FBS team in the past 10 seasons. Their 209 points are also the most by an FBS team in their first three games over the past 10 seasons.
Sure, Baylor has faced only Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe -– not exactly powerhouse programs. But the Bears have taken care of business and have been rather impressive doing so.
After scoring 69 points against Wofford, 70 points against Buffalo, the Bears scored 70 again this week against Louisiana-Monroe. They’re the first FBS team to score 70 points in consecutive games since Ohio State in 1996.
Baylor is the first FBS team to score at least 60 points in three straight games since Oklahoma in 2008, and the first to do so in each of their first three games of a season since LSU in 1930. The Bears are also the first team since LSU in 1930 to score at least 69 points in three straight games.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has put up some impressive numbers this season. He has eight passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and no interceptions thus far. He entered Saturday leading FBS in raw QBR (98.3). After posting a 98.5 QBR against Louisiana-Monroe, he is likely to stay on top after this weekend.
Petty and Syracuse’s Terrel Hunt are the only quarterbacks with multiple games this season of at least 98 QBR. Petty’s 99.7 QBR against Buffalo is the best performance by any quarterback this season.
Baylor will open up Big 12 play on Oct. 5 against West Virginia, which has held both opposing quarterbacks this season (Georgia State’s Ronnie Bell and Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight) to QBRs below 30.