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Oklahoma State football: Baylor has made quite the resurgence over past 14 seasons

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 30, 2012

Beat Kansas (duh), 41-14.

Scared the daylights out of Oklahoma, 42-34.

Drubbed top-ranked Kansas State, 52-24.

Outlasted Texas Tech in overtime, 52-45.

Baylor ain't dead yet, and the reason is a tried and true formula. Talented people. Talented coaches. Talented players.

Art Briles and his staff have brought in good players, then developed them and schemed well.

What has resulted is one of the most difficult offenses in college football to defend. So says Bill Young, a man whose defense faces tough offenses every week in the Big 12.

“They line their wideouts up almost out of bounds,” the OSU defensive coordinator said. “Most people, their wide receivers will be way down the field blocking. Well, if it's a sweep away from the wide receivers, they just walk off the line or they back up like they're going to get a screen pass, so they're standing right where they need to be when the next play's ready to go.

“As soon as the offensive line gets back, boom, they snap the ball.”

That's just one of the many reasons Baylor is no longer a laughing stock, and that is reason to celebrate.

Bring on the good games.

“No one wins at Baylor,” Cowboy offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of the longstanding belief. “But Art Briles and that staff have won at Baylor.

“So, enough said.”

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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