Buffalo no match for No. 23 Baylor in 70-13 loss
WACO, Texas (AP)
That opening flea-flicker play, which helped set up an early go-ahead touchdown, and Neutz's career-high 197 yards receiving were about the only highlights for the Bulls in a 70-13 loss Saturday against Baylor's fast-paced and big-play offense.
''The first drive was good,'' Neutz said. ''That was our script.''
Not much else went right the rest of the game for the Bulls (0-2).
Bryce Petty completed 13 of 16 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns, both short passes turned into long scores right after Buffalo had scored.
The Bears (2-0) scored touchdowns on eight of its first nine drives, the only non-scoring driving coming when they had to ball at the end the first half. The starters of that fast-paced offense had 576 total yards on 46 plays in only 11 minutes with the ball by time they were done.
''We knew that was going to happen,'' Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said. ''I was pleased with how we came out of the gates. We opened up and were able to jump on them. We talked about that, setting the tone. Last week, we weren't able to do that. This week, we were able to score, but after that, it was impressive. They've got a great team and they're really good.''
A week after compiling 692 total yards in a 69-3 opening victory over Wofford of the FCS, the Bears had 501 yards by halftime against a Buffalo team playing consecutive games against Top 25 teams for the first time. Baylor is the first FBS team since Oklahoma in 2008 with 28 first-quarter points in consecutive games.
The Bulls, who were down 23-0 at third-ranked Ohio State a week earlier before losing 40-20, had a quick lead against the speedy Bears that didn't last long.
''It was frustrating and embarrassing,'' said Neutz, who snared all six of his catches before halftime.
On the first play of the game, Joe Licata handed off before getting the ball back. He threw deep down the middle of the field, and Neutz was bumped while having to wait for the ball. The Bulls declined a pass interference penalty after Neutz caught the ball at Baylor 25. Seven plays later, Branden Oliver scored on 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Petty threw a short pass. Tevin Reese caught the ball short of midfield, then raced past Naaja Johnson untouched for a 61-yard TD.
After Buffalo punted on the next drive, Baylor needed less than a minute to get another score. Reese started the drive with a 44-yard catch down the right sideline and Seastruck had consecutive 14-yard runs before Shock Linwood's 3-yard TD run.
When Neutz caught a 4-yard TD pass with 2:11 left in the first quarter, the Bulls were within 21-13.
But just more than a minute later, Antwan Goodley caught a short pass between two defenders and then raced by two more for an 83-yard score.
Six of the touchdown drives by the first team lasted 1:16 or less, and the longest was 1:54.
''I thought we were really sharp early,'' Bears coach Art Briles said. ''You don't want to pat yourself on the back or anything, but I think our guys are confident. They know what they're doing and we're playing at a high speed with a lot of highly effective plays.''
For the second week in a row, Baylor scored four first-quarter touchdowns, and then added four more before halftime against Buffalo. Only a week after their most points since 1929, the Bears bested that mark while also piling up a school-record 781 total yards.
Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns, getting his school-record sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game on 17 carries - all before halftime. Reese (130 yards) and Goodley (124 yards) each had four catches.
Bears linebacker Bryce Hager, a former high school running back, had a rumbling, stumbling 91-yard touchdown when Licata was sacked and fumbled in the second quarter. That made it 49-13, and Seastrunk added a 33-yard scoring run for a 56-13 halftime lead.
''That put the dagger where it needed to go,'' Briles said of Hager's return.