WACO, Texas (Wofford Release) – The Wofford football team began the season with a 69-3 loss at Baylor on Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears jumped out early with 28 points in the first quarter and added 28 more points in the third quarter.
The Terriers open at 0-1, while Baylor is 1-0. Wofford was led by Donovan Johnson with 77 yards rushing on 18 carries. Kevin Thomas and Mike McCrimon each had eight tackles. Baylor was led by Lache Seastruck with 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Bryce Petty was 18-of-23 for 290 yards and two touchdowns.
“We were not ready for Baylor,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “There are a tremendous team and very athletic. Their system allows them to do some very unique things that create problems for the defense. I thought they did a good job of scheming us. I was disappointed in us offensively. I thought we would keep the ball away from them long. We had way too many three-and-outs and way too many poor decisions. We did not do a good job. We have a ways to go and we are not where we need to be.”
The Bears had the ball first and in just 1:28 moved the ball downfield to take a 7-0 lead after an eight-yard run by Glasco Martin. On the first drive for the Terriers, James Lawson moved the offense into Baylor territory before turning the ball over on downs. Baylor had a 41-yard pass completion that set-up a 27-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty to Antwan Goodley for a 14-0 lead at the 7:01 mark of the first quarter.
Wofford was forced three-and-out and punted. The Bears drive began at midfield and eight plays later scored on a seven-yard run by Lache Seastruck for a 21-0 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Michael Weimer entered the game on the third offensive series. His first pass attempt was intercepted by Chris McAllister and returned for a touchdown for a 28-0 lead. With the ball back, the Terriers gained three first downs before Weimer was sacked by Ahmad Dixon and fumbled. The Bears recovered and gained one first down before Tarek Odom sacked Bryce Petty and forced a fumble that Alvin Scioneaux recovered.
The Terriers had two first downs and moved the ball to the Baylor 36-yard line but were forced to punt. Starting at the 12-yard line, the Bears went 80-yards before settling for a 25-yard field goal for a 31-0 lead at the 6:04 mark of the second quarter. Evan Jacks took over and quarterback and the offense went three-and-out and punted. Baylor added to the lead in just five plays with a 23-yard touchdown run by Lache Seastruck for a 38-0 score with 2:52 remaining in the half. Wofford went three-and-out on the next possession. Baylor receiver Jay Lee was hit by Alvin Scioneaux and fumbled. Mike McCrimon recovered it with 56 seconds left on the clock. A first down reception by Jeff Ashley and a first down catch by Will Irwin, but a false start penalty prevented the Terriers from attempting a field goal. At the half, the Bears lead 38-0.
To start the second half, Donovan Johnson ran 27-yards for a first down. The Wofford drive continued with two first downs by Jonny Martin and another first down run by Donovan Johnson. Kasey Redfern ended the 15-play drive with a 22-yard field goal for a 38-3 score at 8:33 in the third quarter. Baylor answered with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Reese for a 45-3 lead with 7:28 on the clock.
Following a Wofford three-and-out, the Bears moved quickly to add a touchdown on a 19-yard run by Shock Linwood for a 52-3 lead with 4:09 left in the third quarter. A 70-yard touchdown reception by Corey Coleman pushed the score to 59-3 at the 1:24 mark of the third quarter. Donovan Johnson fumbled on the ensuing drive, which was recovered by Baylor at the 32-yard line. The Bears responded with a 13-yard touchdown run by Seth Russell for a 66-3 lead with 12 seconds left in the third. After trading punts, Wofford was three-and-out with 10:48 on the clock in the fourth quarter.
With the ball back, Baylor put together an 11-play drive that covered 57 yards that ended with a 43-yard field goal for a 69-3 lead with 4:00 remaining in the game. Evan Jacks ran for a first down, but the Terriers turned the ball over on downs with 1:13 left. The Bears ran out the clock for the victory.
Wofford had 233 total yards, with 173 on the ground. Baylor had 692 total yards, 389 of which were passing. Baylor had a 32 to 16 advantage in first downs. Wofford was 7-of-18 on third downs and 0-of-2 on fourth down. Baylor was 6-of-10 on third down. Each team had eight penalties. Wofford had a 34:59 to 25:01 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Baylor Post-Game Notes
Wofford opened on the road for the fifth straight season and are 2-3 in those games.
Baylor running back Lache Seastruck had over 100 yards for the fifth consecutive game with 111 and two touchdowns on eleven carries.
There were no major injuries for the Terriers in the contest.
The three points scored by Wofford were the fewest in a game since being shut-out 24-0 by Western Carolina in 2005. The 69 points allowed were the most since allowing 70 in 1990 to Mississippi College.
Nine of the touchdown drives by the Bears lasted 2:10 or less.
Wofford players with their first career starts included OL Tony Goodwin, OL Jared Wilken, OL Bradley Way, RB Will Gay, DE Hunter Thurley, and CBs Bernard Williams and Chris Armfield.
Game captains were Jared Singleton and Mike McCrimon.
Attendance was 44,989 at Floyd Casey Stadium.