Baylor can’t win playing flag football

Baylor’s Art Briles seemingly had no explanation for his team’s 215 penalty yards Saturday, the most ever by a Big 12 team.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Baylor doesn’t typically settle for 318 yards of offense. No Baylor team has ever been whacked for 215 yards in penalties.

That was a losing combination Saturday.

No Big 12 team has ever been so stiffly penalized in a game as the fourth-ranked Bears were during their 41-27 loss at West Virginia.

“I’ve never been involved with anything like that,” said Baylor coach Art Briles of the 18 flags his team incurred. “I guess that’s just the way it was seen today. It affected the flow of the game.”

For accounting purposes, Baylor was flagged for defensive pass interference seven times, offensive interference once and two illegal blocks on special teams. There also was a facemask, a defensive holding, a delay of game, two false starts, two personal fouls and a returner-interference flag.

“I didn’t ever feel like we were out of control,” Briles said. “I think it was a cause of what was happening on the field of play.”

The old Big 12 record was 183 penalty yards by Texas Tech in a 2007 game against Rice. The former Baylor record was 157 yards in 1976, also against Rice.

“We had a lot of penalties, which you never want,” said quarterback Bryce Petty. “We have to control that. We have to be smart about it.”

West Virginia had its share of markoffs, too, with 14 penalties for 138 yards.

Baylor contained: The Bears’ 3-of-16 performance on third down was their worst in almost two years. The 95 yards rushing didn’t approach their 251-per game average.

Petty threw two touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted, but his 44-percent completion (16-of-36 passing) was his second-lowest in 19 games as a starter.

He also was sacked four times, when Baylor had allowed only seven in its first six games.

“(West Virginia) had a pretty good game plan: loaded the box and pressured a lot—a lot, a lot,” he said. “At the end of the day, I had the ball in my hands and I have to make sure what I’m doing production-wise makes my team successful. I was off today.

“They just loaded the box and pressed our receivers. We’ve got to get better and I’ve got to get better.”


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