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Bears 'getting past the labels' ahead of Week Two matchup with UTSA

Posted: 11:05 PM, Sep 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 06:33:34-04

WACO, TEXAS — The Baylor Bears football team opened the season with a dominant win over the weekend, and now it gets to turn its attention to week two.

The Bears' ground game took over against the Lumberjacks en route to a 56-17 win over SFA. Baylor ran for 268 yards and four touchdowns, but despite the dominance on the stat line, there is still room for concern.

Head Coach Matt Rhule pointed out in a press conference Monday that his team found most of its success running on the edge but struggled between the tackles. It is just one example of how Baylor will have to improve no matter how well they played this weekend.

"I tell our team, 'We didn't play bad. We didn't play well. We just played how we played,"' Rhule said. "So, let's just get past all those labels we like to put on how we played. Just play how you play. Whether it's good or bad, who cares what you label it? Just get better next week. That's my focus. I want to do a better job next week. I thought the sideline was a disaster at times. The sideline needs to get better next week. A lot of things need to get better next week."

The Bears will look to get better in time for next weekend's matchup when they take on UTSA. The Roadrunners opened the season with a win against Incarnate Word.

Rhule said he believes his team is taking the right steps to improve headed into week two.

"What I like about our football team is they are very mature in that regard," Rhule said. "There are guys out there.. I got guys who start for us sending me text messages saying 'I didn't do this well enough.' If you play your first college football game, you should be celebrating and having fun. That they're saying 'I didn't do this right' means they're thinking the right way."