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October 7, 2013

Big offensive numbers no surprise for Baylor

WACO, Texas — Let everyone else be surprised by all the big numbers Baylor keeps putting up on offense.

The 15th-ranked Bears aren’t.

“We just do what we’re supposed to do, and do it with a lot of predictable outcomes,” coach Art Briles said. “We don’t ever want to look at a play and say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that happened.’ ... We expect the outcome before the play ever happens.”

After rolling over three overmatched nonconference teams, the Bears opened Big 12 play with their best offensive game yet. They set a league record with 864 total yards in a 73-42 victory over West Virginia, scoring the most points by a Big 12 team against another conference foe.

West Virginia (3-3, 1-2), which made its Big 12 debut last year beating the Bears 70-63 in what is still the highest-scoring Big 12 game ever, couldn’t keep up this time.

“I would recommend giving Baylor some credit,” said Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers coach who knows a thing or two about offense. “I’ve never seen a team establish the line of scrimmage like they did. We’ve been pretty proud of how we’ve been playing defense for the last five games. You can’t play defense when the line of scrimmage is 5 yards backward every single time they ran the ball.”

Baylor, 4-0 for the first time since 1991 and with an eight-game winning streak, leads the nation with 779.5 total yards and 70.5 points a game. The Bears are outpacing No. 2 Oregon’s point-a-minute offense that averages 630.4 yards and 59.2 points.

The Bears are the first FBS team with more than 700 total yards in three consecutive games or 3,000 yards in a four-game span since 1996, according to data available to STATS. Their 282 points are the most in a four-game span since 1980, and they are the only team with four consecutive games of 69 points or more.

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