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Big 12 football notebook: Bill Snyder's not-so-secret to beating Baylor

Snyder: “We were truly focused on being able to defend well against the run.”
by Erik Horne Published: November 18, 2013


photo - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder takes off his headset to check on an injured player during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Baylor defeated Kansas State 35-25. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder takes off his headset to check on an injured player during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Baylor defeated Kansas State 35-25. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KINGSBURY, TEXAS TECH TRYING TO STOP SKID

Since vaulting to No. 10 in the nation, Texas Tech has dropped four straight. The luster has come off Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech jumped out to a fast start against Baylor last week, but it failed to stop the Bears' in the second half, getting outscored 28-7 in a 63-24 loss. Kingsbury, who's faced OSU and Baylor in a three-week stretch, says he's expecting a great game between the two teams this weekend.

“Both really good teams,” Kingsbury said. “I think (Clint) Chelf coming in for Oklahoma State has really steadied them. I was really impressed going up against both those teams.”

The Red Raiders have an off week to prepare for a Thanksgiving game against Texas in Austin. Kingsbury said the chance to beat Texas is a special opportunity.

“Any time you play an in-state school, there's some rivalry and they love to beat them when they get their chance,” he said.

BRILES ON STILLWATER: EACH YEAR IS DIFFERENT

Despite enjoying the best season in school history, Baylor coach Art Briles said he doesn't discuss the BCS landscape with his team.

He also hasn't given much thought to the Bears' lack of recent success in Stillwater. In their past two road games against Oklahoma State, Baylor is 0-2, outscored 114-52 in 2010 and 2011.

But those OSU teams were piloted by Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Baylor has improved mightily on defense.

“I know we haven't won up there, so that's certainly something that stands out there,” Briles said. “Each year is different. We didn't get it done with Robert (Griffin III) there the last two years, so we'll try to get it done this year.”

CONFERENCE HONORS

OSU's Justin Gilbert took home Defensive Player of the Week honors, and OU's Jalen Saunders shared Special Teams Player of the Week honors with Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele. … Cantele hit a 41-yard game-winning field goal with 3 seconds remaining to beat TCU 33-31. Cantele was 4-for-4 for the day. … Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was named the conference's co-Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 335 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-34 win over Texas Tech. Petty shares the honor with Kansas running back James Sims, who rushed for a career-high 211 yards in Kansas' 31-19 win over West Virginia.

TEXAS TECH'S AMARO, BAYLOR'S GOODLEY NAMED BILETNIKOFF SEMIFINALISTS

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro and Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley were announced as two of the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the best receiver in college football.

Amaro is the Big 12 leader in receiving yards (1,157) and receptions (92). Goodley is second in the Big 12 in receiving yards (1,075) behind Amaro and leads the conference in touchdowns (11). Goodley is also second nationally in yards per reception (22.4).

The winner will be announced Dec. 12.

TV SCHEDULES

Here are some upcoming game times in Big 12 play, as announced by the conference on Monday (Times are subject to change).

Nov. 30: Kansas State at Kansas 11 a.m.; Iowa State at West Virginia, 3 p.m.; Dec. 7:

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (on ABC or FOX)

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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