WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Baylor Bears continue to rack up the offensive yards, but the inconsistent defense continues to be a concern for a Bears team that will face a red-hot Texas Longhorns team this Saturday.
Baylor (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) gave up seven scoring plays of 20+ yards to Oklahoma, and then five more to Kansas State. However, there are glaring reasons why the Bears lost by 33 to the Sooners compared to a three-point victory against the Wildcats.
Against K-State, the Bears forced three turnovers, which was more than double their production in the first five games of the season.
Penalties were reduced as well. Baylor was flagged just twice against Kansas State, while being called for nine penalties in Norman.
"We always talk about the toxic differential," Baylor sophomore safety Jairon McVea said. "We want to have more turnovers than the other team and be positive in that aspect because it helps us win."
"Of course as the season goes on, it's still the same goal," sophomore defensive lineman James Lynch said. "We have to keep building on it. We have a long way to go. We have a lot of work to do on the D-line and the defense. If we do what we're supposed to do, we can get there."
Baylor is ranked ninth in the country in passing yards per game (325.5) and 10th in red zone efficiency.