Baylor Drops 59-25 Decision Against No. 25 Kansas State

Baylor vs. No. 25 Kansas State
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The Baylor Football team continued their unfortunate losing streak with a third consecutive defeat, this week’s against No. 25 Kansas State in Manhattan, 59-25, despite recording their first opening drive touchdown on the season. Despite a quick and successful start to the game, the Bears turned the ball over 4 times and gave up 28 points on the turnovers—forfeiting a bowl game appearance for the third time in 14 years. Junior QB Blake Shapen completed 22 of 45 passing attempts for 253 yards with a career-high 4 TDs and his third interception of the season, and added 7 carries. The Bears totaled 332 offensive yards with a low 85 yards rushing compared to No. 25 Kansas State’s 451. Baylor notched 4 penalties for a loss of 45 yards, while Kansas State (7-3, 5-2) had 5 for a loss of 42 yards. Both teams were successful in the red zone as Baylor scored on 3 of 3 attempts and No. 25 Kansas State managed 6 of 6, but the Wildcats out managed Baylor in sacks, notching 3 for a loss of 24 yards while the Bears had 1 for a loss of 10.

4 Baylor athletes saw rushing attempts including junior RB Dominic Richardson (17 carries for 89 yards), freshman RB Dawson Pendergrass (6 carries for 20 yards), sophomore RB Richard Reese (3 carries for 3 yards), and Shapen (7 carries for a loss of 6 yards). 12 received passes including redshirt sophomore WR Josh Cameron (5 catches for 41 yards), senior TE Drake Dabney (4 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD), freshman TE Jake Roberts (3 catches for 32 yards), Pendergrass (3 catches for 20 yards and 2 TDs), redshirt freshman WR Armani Winfield (1 catch for 18 yards), sophomore TE Kelsey Johnson (1 catch for 10 yards), Richardson (1 catch for 8 yards), redshirt sophomore WR Cameron Bonner (1 catch for 7 yards), junior WR Monaray Baldwin (1 catch for 6 yards and 1 TD), freshman TE Matthew Klopfenstein (1 catch for 6 yards), redshirt sophomore WR Jonah Burton (1 catch for 2 yards), and Shapen (1 catch for a loss of 6 yards). The defense amassed 56 tackles with 2 for a loss of 12 yards (redshirt senior LB Matt Jones, redshirt freshman S Corey Gordon Jr.), 1 sack for a loss of 10 yards (Jones), 4 pass break ups (Gordon Jr., freshman CB Caden Jenkins, sophomore S Devyn Bobby, freshman DL Brendan Bett), and 4 QB hurries (Bobby, 5th-year DL TJ Franklin, redshirt junior CB Chateau Reed, redshirt junior LB Josh White).

The Bears will travel to Fort Worth to face TCU (4-6, 2-5) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

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