Ground game key against Sooners
Originally Published: October 7, 2003By Mark Wangrin | Special to ESPN.com
Lest the Bears get too heady over their win over Colorado, the reaction of the Baylor fans and the football world in general show just how far they still have to go. For that modest accomplishment the Football Writers Association of America named Baylor its team of the week. BU coach Guy Morriss noted the fall of the goalposts and said, "That just goes to show you how little success they've had around here." The most stinging quote, however, came from Colorado linebacker Akarika Dawn, who played his high school football in Houston. Dawn told the Denver Post, "It's a surprise Baylor scored on us, basically. Baylor. That's not supposed to happen."
Halfback Rashad Armstrong is easily the Bears' brightest spot. The senior leads the Big 12 in rushing (117.8 yards a game) and has already outrushed 11 of the Bears' last 19 season rushing leaders. He's on pace to give the Bears only their second 1,000-yard rusher since 1983 and their first since Jerod Douglas ran for 1,114 yards in 1995. Think the once-mighty Colorado running game is in disarray? Armstrong has outrushed the entire Colorado team by 162 yards this season.