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Baylor throttles ULM 70-7

Baylor throttles ULM 70-7
September 22
01:49 2013
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Junior quarterback Bryce Petty celebrates after running for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Baylor football beat Louisiana Monroe 70-7 at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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The Baylor Line rushes the field before Baylor football's game against Louisiana Monroe at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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Senior safety Ahmad Dixon prepares to run on to the field prior to Baylor football's game against Louisiana Monroe.

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Baylor takes the field for the game against University of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears crushed the Warhawks 70-7.

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Baylor football beat Louisiana Monroe 70-7 at Floyd Casey Stadium during Family Weekend on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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Fans do a Sic 'Em during Baylor's 70-7 win over Louisiana Monroe at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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Junior wide receiver Clay Fuller gets upended while trying to block a punt in the first quarter of Baylor's 70-7 victory over Louisiana Monroe.

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Junior wide receiver Antwan Goodley runs the ball into the endzone for a score during the first quarter of Baylor's 70-7 win over Louisiana Monroe. Goodley finished the game with 156 yards and two touchdowns.

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Senior inside receiver Tevin Reese breaks out for a 47 yard score during the first quarter over Baylor's 70-7 win over Louisiana Monroe. Reese caught six balls for 123 yards and one touchdown at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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No. 13 sophomore safety Terrell Burt celebrates after intercepting the ball and returning it for a Baylor touchdown during the matchup against ULM on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears crushed the Warhawks 70-7. (Matt Hellman)

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Redshirt freshman safety Patrick Levels celebrates after making a tackle during Baylor's game against Louisiana Monroe. Baylor's defense held ULM to 295 total yards and forced 4 turnovers.

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Senior linebacker Eddie Lackey sacks ULM senior quarterback Kolton Browning during Baylor's 70-7 win over Louisiana Monroe.

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Junior running back Lache Seastrunk breaks a tackle during Baylor's 70-7 victory over ULM at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Seastrunk had 156 yards and one touchdown in the win.

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Junior wide receiver Clay Fuller scores a touchdown in the second quarter of Baylor's 70-7 win over Louisiana Monroe. Baylor outscored ULM 49-7 in the first half.

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Senior linebacker Eddie Lackey sacks ULM senior quarterback Kolton Browning during the second half of Baylor's 70-7 victory over Louisiana Monroe. Baylor finished the game with 781 total yards to ULM's 295.

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Junior inside receiver Levi Norwood runs for the endzone during the third quarter of Baylor's game against Louisiana Monroe. Norwood had two catches for 70 yards, including a 65 yard touchdown catch.

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Sophomore defensive end Jamal Parker goes airborne to take ULM sophomore quarterback Brayle Brown during the second half. Baylor football beat Louisiana-Monroe 70-7 at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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Head coach Art Briles throws his hat to the Baylor Line after Bears' crushing 70-7 victory over the ULM Warhawks on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Floyd Casey Stadium.

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By Daniel Hill
Sports Editor

The Baylor Bears defeated the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 70-7 on Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.

“We’ve had three home games,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said. “We’ve taken advantage of being home and we’ve got good people. We have a good football team. If you combine those factors it’s people making plays on both sides of the ball. We’ve got to keep playing at a high rate and win. That’s the bottom line.”

After defeating ULM narrowly last season in Monroe 47-42, the Bears left no doubt against the Warhawks this season by overwhelming the opponent both offensively and defensively.

“It says a lot about us,” senior safety Ahmad Dixon said. “Last year, we gave up some big plays and we came back and washed it out of our minds and did what we needed to do. It’s obvious that we’ve grown, we’ve matured, we’ve improved as a defense. We’re just looking forward to West Virginia.”

The Bears were simply too much for the Warhawks on Saturday. The defense contained the Warhawks to just seven points and scored two touchdowns themselves.

The Bears held ULM to 75 rushing yards while unleashing 311 rushing yards on offense. Baylor also more than doubled ULM’s passing yards, 470 to 220.

After the Baylor defense stifled the ULM offense on fourth down of the opening series, the Bears offense took over with the ball with 10:38 to play in the first quarter.

21 seconds later, the Bears were in the end zone with a three play, 82-yard drive accentuated by junior receiver Antwan Goodley’s 63-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Bryce Petty.

On Baylor’s second possession, Petty found senior receiver Tevin Reese down the seam for a 47-yard touchdown grab to give the Bears a 14-0 lead.

After two offensive touchdowns, the Baylor defense got in on the action with a 41-yard interception return touchdown from senior cornerback Joe Williams.

The defensive touchdowns off of turnovers helped jumpstart the Bears romp of ULM.

“That’s what sparks our team,” Petty said. “If the defense can get turnovers, if the defense can get stops on fourth down, that’s big stuff. I know you win if you score more points than the other team so we need the defense to come out and shut them out. It’s not just about us scoring more points, it’s that dominance that is what we want as a team. I think both sides of the ball we dominated today. We took their spirit out early and that’s what you want to do.”

Then the Baylor defense scored again when sophomore safety Terrell Burt picked off ULM quarterback Kolton Browning’s pass and raced to the end zone to give the Bears a 28-0 lead.

In the ensuing kickoff, the Bears forced a fumble and recovered the ball at the ULM 16-yard line. Petty utilized his athleticism with a 2-yard scoring scamper to boost the Bears’ lead to 35-0.

The 35 points scored by Baylor in the first quarter tied the all-time program record for most points in a single quarter. It also marked the third time this season where the Bears scored at least 28 points in the first quarter of the game.

In the second quarter, the Bears were lined up with three receivers to the right and one receiver to the left. Petty called a signal to the one receiver side. Once the ball was snapped, the safety raced over to the one receiver side where Tevin Reese was lined up, then Petty immediately looked right and threw a perfectly placed dime to Antwan Goodley for a 65-yard touchdown score that crushed the spirit of ULM’s defense to give Baylor an eye-popping 42-0 lead early in the second quarter.

ULM scored its first points of the game on a gutsy fourth down play with a touchdown pass from Browning to tight end Justin Manton to make the score 42-7.

The Bears responded to ULM’s first score of the game with their seventh touchdown.

Petty tossed the ball towards the outer portion of the end zone and receiver junior Clay Fuller high-pointed the ball and came down with a spectacular touchdown grab. It’s Fuller’s first touchdown grab of his Baylor career and advanced Baylor’s lead to 49-7 to end the second quarter.

To start the third quarter, the Bears received the football and wasted little time putting the ball in the end zone. On the second play of the half, Seastrunk burst through the ULM defense and raced down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown score to make it 56-7.

Redshirt freshman utility back Shock Linwood scored on Baylor’s next drive with a 10-yard run, giving Baylor a 63-7 advantage.

The Baylor starters spent the rest of the game on the bench and the keys to the offense were handed over to redshirt freshman Seth Russell.

Petty ended the day with 18 completions on 27 attempts for 351 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Petty also had five rushes for 26 yards and one touchdown.

Seastrunk rushed for 156 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. The running back currently holds a school record and leads the nation with his seventh consecutive game of rushing for over 100 yards.

“He’s a freak, a lot of God-given ability and the guy works hard so we really expect nothing less,” Petty said. “He’s a big hitter for us and that’s important especially going into the Big 12 to have him hot. That’s a compliment to the big guys up front.”

Antwan Goodley caught five passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

Tevin Reese had six grabs for 123 yards and one touchdown.

Russell fired a 65-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Levi Norwood for Baylor’s tenth touchdown of the game. The touchdown was Norwood’s second career score and gave the Bears a 63-point lead, 70-7.

Freshman safety Taion Sells picked off a pass and returned it to the red zone to tee up a scoring opportunity for Russell and the Baylor offense that went unrealized as the Bears turned the ball over on downs.

Through three non conference games, the Bears offense has rolled up astounding offensive statistics.

For the second time in two games, the Bears racked up over 700 yards of offense with 781. It’s only the fourth time that’s happened in school history and two occurrences have been this season.

With wins over Wofford, Buffalo and now ULM, the Bears have scored 28 or more points in the first quarter of three straight games. That makes Baylor the first FBS or FCS team to accomplish the feat in the BCS era.

The Bears have also scored 41 or more points in nine consecutive games, which is a school record.

Defensively, the Bears have scored a touchdown in all three games so far this season, with two tonight against ULM. Senior linebacker Eddie Lackey had a sack and senior defensive ends Chris McAllister and Terrance Lloyd combined for a sack. Each player was credited with a half sack.

Under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, the Bears are 18-2 when forcing two or more turnovers.

The Bears are already looking forward to starting the Big 12 schedule.

“I was ready to start after we won the Holiday Bowl,” Petty said. “So, I’ve been ready for a while, but I know this team is too just because we know what we have. We know what we can do. We’re ready to show you guys and the nation what Baylor football is about. It’s great to get these three games out of the way but we’re ready to play West Virginia that’s for sure.”

The Bears have an open date next week and then the Big 12 Conference slate officially begins when Baylor hosts the West Virginia Mountaineers on Oct. 5 at Floyd Casey Stadium.

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