Nov 24, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege (7) rushes for a touchdown against Baylor Bears defensive cornerback Chance Casey (9) in the first half at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Football: Previewing the Baylor Defense

One word describes the Baylor defense- bad.

Baylor’s defense gives up an astonishing 38.2 points per game.  In their five losses, they give up 50.4 points per game.  In their seven wins, they give up 29.4 points per game.  As evidenced by the statistics, despite having an unbelievable offense, games are still won on the defensive side of the ball.  UCLA’s offense averages 35.1 points per game.  A similar offense statistically is Texas.  The Longhorns, who average 36.1 points per game, scored 56 against Baylor.

So what makes the Baylor defense so bad?

First of all, they can’t stop the run.  They have given up nearly 5 yards per carry and 28 rushing touchdowns on the season.  On first downs, opponents rush for 5.06 yards per carry.  On 3rd down, 1-3 yards to go, Baylor’s defense gives up 5.69 yards per carry.  Simply put, they can’t and won’t stop Johnathan Franklin.

To compliment Baylor’s inability to stop the run, they struggle with the pass, as well.  Baylor’s defense has given up 3,887 yards passing and 33 touchdowns in 12 games this season.  To compare that with the much maligned UCLA secondary, we see that UCLA has given up 567 less yards and eight less touchdowns, despite playing in one more game.  Opponents complete 64.0 percent of passes against Baylor and have a passer rating of 144.11.  To go along with poor coverage skills and untimely risk taking, the Bears secondary struggles to tackle well.  It will be key, as always in Mazzone’s offense, for UCLA to get significant yards after the catch.

The strength of the Baylor defense is their ability to force turnovers.  Although not elite in this category either, the Bears come in respectably at 42nd nationally in takeaways per game with 1.9.  The UCLA defense ranks 21st nationally with 2.2 per game.

Ultimately if UCLA is to earn their 10th win of the season in the Holiday Bowl, they need to win the turnover battle.  Baylor’s defense doesn’t have the ability to stop, or even slow down, the UCLA offense if Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin and company can take care of the ball.


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  • Get your facts straight

    What an awful preview. This fails to mention the Baylor defense lost two starting defensive linemen before the season started, lost both starting corners before the midway point in the season, and the defensive captian and strong safety was injured during the TCU, UT, WVU and Iowa State loses.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      I don’t know if that matters much in the context of this game. I mean, hey, we never said Baylor doesn’t have the potential to be good on defense, it’s just that, in all reality, they aren’t that good on defense right now. They’re really damn bad on defense as it is.

      • David Simmons

        If this defense is so bad, then how did they beat the top ranked team in the country with its Heisman candidate, Colin Klein and then the following week beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys?

        How about their offense?
        Baylor’s balanced offense leads the nation in total yards (578
        ypg), ranks third in passing (353 ypg) and 19th rushing (226 ypg), making it one of three programs nationally (Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M) ranked in the top 20 in both rushing and passing offense.
        Baylor has continued to produce big numbers despite losing
        five offensive starters to the 2012 NFL Draft. The Bears have scored 40 or more points in nine of 12 games this year and 18 of 25 games dating back to the start of the 2011 season. BU’s quick-strike attack, which ranks fifth nationally with 44.1 points per game, has totaled nine one-play TD drives this season (16 TD drives of three plays or fewer) and scored 20 TDs on drives of one minute or less (40 of two minutes or less).
        The high-octane offense is led by senior quarterback Nick Florence, who leads the nation with 387.7 yards of total offense per game. Florence’s favorite target is senior All-American wide receiver Terrance Williams, who leads the nation with 147.0 receiving yards per game.

        Williams, one of three Biletnikoff Award finalists, has already broken the Baylor single-season receiving yards record (1,764), and he
        needs 236 receiving yards in the Holiday Bowl to become the second 2,000-yard receiver in NCAA history.
        In the Oklahoma Stste game, Baylor’s offense produced another
        Briles-type game with 615 yards of total offense. The Bears had 333 yards rushing as Seastrunk and Glasco Martin and Nick Florence made play after play in the running game.
        And get this:…. Florence, while slumping in the TCU loss, has
        had an overall magnificent season. Texas A&M’s freshman wonder boy Johnny Manziel will win the Heisman next week. He has 4,600 combined yards rushing and passing.
        ….Guess where Florence ended up after 12 games? With 4,660
        yards rushing and passing. Yep, that’s 60 more

        • GoJoeBruinUCLA

          TL;DR. I stopped at “how about Baylor’s offense?” The post says — do they teach Baylor people how to read? — “PREVIEWING THE BAYLOR DEFENSE.”

  • Don’t get too cocky

    If UCLA is smart they’ll act like they’re prepping for Oregon because they essentially are.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA