WACO, Texas —
The Bears allowed more than 500 yards eight times last season, including 807 to West Virginia in that wild 70-63 loss. The fewest they gave up was 342, a number higher than their average this season.
Bennett was Pittsburgh’s interim head coach preparing for a bowl game at the end of the 2010 season when he got a call from Baylor coach Art Briles, whose team had just played in its first bowl 16 years.
Briles told Bennett that the Bears were going to be really good on offense, and that they could be a special team with a comparable defense. Bennett took the job, given control of the defense and recruiting the players for it.
“What he’s brought is stability and experience. He’s a tireless worker that’s very driven to succeed,” said Briles, the mastermind of an offense that has still thrived with different quarterbacks in both seasons since Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III went to the NFL.
Baylor has more interceptions (11) than touchdown passes allowed (eight). They average nine tackles for loss, second among FBS teams, and also lead the Big 12 with three sacks a game.
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