Baylor Football: Bears' QB Nick Florence Shines in 59-24 Win

No RGIII, No Problem

9/3/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The post-RGIII era officially took off Sunday night, and it started a lot better than most could have ever imagined.Blog Photo - Baylor Football: Bears' QB Nick Florence Shines in 59-24 Win

Baylor destroyed Southern Methodist 59-24, compiling 613 total yards in just over 20 minutes of possession while forcing three turnovers in its fourth straight season-opening win.

The gameball went to Bears' senior quarterback Nick Florence, who had to of felt some pressure and anxiety after following in the footsteps of the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

But if he did, he sure didn't show it.

Florence completed 21-of-30 (70.0 percent) of his passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns in his first start since 2009 as a freshman. He also channeled his inner Robert Griffin III by rushing for 24 yards off three carries (8.0 ypc).

Senior receiver Terrance Williams, Florence's favorite target of the day, finished with seven receptions for 138 yards, while senior Lanear Sampson came up with 69 yards and two touchdowns.

This is a very encouraging start for Baylor fans, who were expecting a major drop-off of offensive productivity with the departure of Griffin and receiver Kendall Wright.

To add to it: In RGIII's first start, he went 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) for 125 yards while rushing for 29 yards off 11 carries (2.6 ypc) and a touchdown. The Bears lost to Wake Forest 41-13.

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9/5/12   |   sleepingtrees37

For this being their first game without RG3, I think the Bears made a pretty solid statement. We’ll have to see how they do against the Big 12 teams, but Florence looked great and I’m really excited about this season. I work afternoons at Dish, so I had to record the game with my Hopper. It was awesome to be able to come home and watch a Baylor win as great as this one. Here’s hoping they can get a streak going.