College Confidential

Baylor’s Grobe likes crunch-time efforts of his defenders

Baylor coach Jim Grobe credits his team’s conditioning efforts for the fact the Bears’ defense has yet to give up a fourth-quarter point this season. No. 13 Baylor (5-0) has pitched five consecutive shutouts in the closing quarters of this year’s games, including a 17-0 surge during the final 15 minutes in Saturday’s 45-42 victory over Iowa State.

“I think our energy level is still really high in the fourth quarter,” Grobe said during Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches. “A little of that has to be conditioning. Also, we’re more familiar with what we’re seeing from the other team by that point in games and have made our adjustments. There are no secrets by the fourth quarter.”

Baylor is idle this week before an Oct. 15 game against Kansas in Waco.

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