Tonawanda News


September 7, 2013

Big-play offense of No. 23 Baylor hosting Buffalo

Tonawanda News — WACO, Texas — Baylor scored 69 points with 692 total yards. The longest of its eight touchdown drives in the season opener took just more than two minutes.

And that still might not be as fast, or as far, as the 23th-ranked Bears can go.

"We think we can get better. As always, we can get better," leading receiver Tevin Reese said. "The coaches said we can play faster and we will play better and we will play faster. If we can improve on that, we will go higher than 700 yards."

After opening their 64th and final season at Floyd Casey Stadium with the most points they have ever scored there, the Bears (1-0) play the second of four consecutive home games when they host Buffalo (0-1) on Saturday.

While eight FCS teams pulled off upsets last weekend over upper-tier FBS schools, including Big 12 programs Kansas State and Iowa State, the Bears were never in danger against Wofford. They scored 28 first-quarter points in a 69-3 victory.

"They play fast offensively," Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said. "Defensively, a veteran group. ... I don't know much about their special teams, their punter, because they don't punt that much."

Buffalo, which gained some momentum after falling behind quickly in a 40-20 loss at third-ranked Ohio State, will provide a different level of competition.

"It is a step up and that's kind of the thing that's been going through my mind," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "It is a step up just from the caliber of depth and speed factor. Buffalo brings a lot of sleek bodies that can run, guys that have been on a little bit bigger stages week in and week out than maybe our previous opponent."

Five things to watch when Baylor hosts Buffalo, which lost 34-6 in its last trip to Waco three years ago when Robert Griffin III was the Bears quarterback:

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