Baylor receiver Corey Coleman leads the NCAA in touchdown catches (20) and receiving yards per game (136.6). He is one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver.
But he posted season lows for catches (three), yards (51) and touchdowns (zero) in last week’s 44-34 loss to Oklahoma, a performance Coleman termed “frustrating.” He credited the Sooners with running an effective, creative coverage scheme that limited his touches and has sent Baylor coaches back to the drawing board this week to create counter-measures in case Oklahoma State adopts a similar scheme in Saturday’s showdown in Stillwater, Okla. (6:30 p.m., KDFW, Ch. 4).
Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12), Baylor (8-1, 5-1), Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1) and TCU (9-1, 6-1) remain in a tight race for the league title. Coleman said he plans to be an emotional leader this week to help the Bears win a game that would allow them to regain control of their destiny in efforts to share or win a third consecutive Big 12 title.
“I’m ready to roll, make sure everybody is confident. Ready to play Oklahoma State and get this win,” Coleman said. “We’ve got to game-plan on the field so teams can’t bracket me and do some of the stuff Oklahoma did.”
Against the Sooners, Coleman primarily lined up on the left side of the field. Baylor coaches did not spot him in multiple places, as in prior games, and the move “didn’t work the way we wanted it to,” Coleman said.
Asked about OU’s defensive efforts, Coleman said: “They game-planned well for me with coverages. Some times, I was getting triple-teamed. They had the linebacker running out to the flat, a safety at 6 or 7 yards [off the ball] and then another safety over the top. They did a great job game-planning. Stuff didn’t go the way we wanted to.”
Coleman said the Sooners’ defensive efforts also took a toll on freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
“He’s never been on a stage like that game, like Oklahoma,” Coleman said. “It’s hard for a young guy. You try to uplift him and stuff, but he got hit a couple of times early and … I guess he felt like he had to run out of the pocket some. You have to make sure when you’re in games like that, you have to relax and take it one play at a time.”