Baylor hesitant to heap too much praise on Oklahoma State

OSU 59, BAYLOR 24 — Baylor players and coaches praise the Cowboys, but don't get carried away in doing so. Said one Bear, “That's right there is a very solid team.”
by John Helsley Published: October 29, 2011

Oklahoma State's surge toward national title contention offers no news flash to Art Briles.

The Baylor coach, whose Bears were blistered 59-24 by OSU Saturday, said he's seen it coming.

“They've certainly been good the last three years,” Briles said. “They didn't just all of a sudden get good. They've been a top 10 team the last three years, no doubt.”

Top 10, perhaps, although the final polls haven't necessarily reflected it.

And these Cowboys aim even higher, and currently reside in a more exclusive neighborhood than they're accustomed, holding the No. 3 spot in the BCS Standings.

Legit?

“They've done nothing to make anybody feel like they're not deserving of their ranking,” Briles said.

Baylor players, at least the veteran Bears who have been around long enough to come face-to-face with past BCS bunches like Texas and Oklahoma and TCU, were hesitant to heap too much praise on the Cowboys. Despite Saturday's blowout, which saw them down 42-0 just 1:50 into the third quarter, the Bears pointed more fingers at themselves than OSU, due to their five turnovers.

“This is a good team. I thought we helped them out a lot today,” said Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway.

Said Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III: “It's not that they're not a great team. They came out and did what they had to do. (We) can't be in goal-line situations — I think four times — and not get any points.”

But that's where the Cowboys sucker teams, surrendering yards, but preventing points with their takeaway defense.

“If they keep getting those, they'll keep winning,” Briles said.

And they do keep getting them. The Pokes have now claimed 26 turnovers over the past six games, having entered Saturday ranked second nationally in takeaways.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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