Baylor vs. Kansas Recap

Source: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor football team earned their first victory of the season following a 38-9 victory over Kansas in Lawrence. The Bears approached the Jayhawks with an 0-8 record due to an injury-ridden roster and a first string filled with freshmen and sophomores. With a 12-4 all-time record against the Jayhawks, Baylor had a slight upper hand as they attempted a win. In freshman QB Charlie Brewer’s first career start, he led the Bears to their first victory, completing 23 of 29 attempts for 315 yards and three TDs. In a season where Baylor’s offense has struggled immensely to find rhythm and success, Brewer was a beacon of hope under center.

Neither the Bears nor the Jayhawks found the endzone in the first quarter, forcing punts and missed field goals to open the game. In their first possession of the second, the Jayhawks were the first on the board with a successful field goal. As Baylor got the ball back, it took Brewer only two completed passes to take the lead. He threw a perfect 26-yard bomb to freshman WR Gavin Holmes for the receiver’s first career TD and the Bears were in the lead. The momentum was theirs as Brewer marched the offense down the field and ended the drive with (possibly our first?) TE TD of the season with a 25-yard Jordan Feuerbacher score. Kansas recorded another field goal to inch closer to the Bears at 14-6 near the end of the second quarter. The Bears weren’t done with the half yet as two monster catches by WR and RB Denzel Mims (30 yards) and Trestan Ebner (22 yards) set up a four-yard rushing TD by Holmes, his second of the day. Although K Connor Martin missed his first field goal of the game, the Bears went into the locker room with a 21-6 lead.

Kansas scored their final field goal of the day in their opening possession and the two teams punted back and forth before RB Terence Williams scored on a one-yard run (his first TD of the season, crazy enough). Going into the fourth quarter, the Bears had a solid 28-9 lead before Connor Martin notched a three point addition on his field goal. Baylor scored their final TD with a nine-yard pass to TE Ish Wainright in what was arguably the most exciting score of their season.

The defense put up numbers as well with LB Taylor Young recording 10 tackles with three for a loss of 13 yards and one sack. Sophomore S Rajah Preciado had a forced fumble and sophomore CB Grayland Arnold recorded one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. Freshman CB Harrison notched his first career INT and freshman S Jalen Pitre had his first career sack. Junior DT Ira Lewis had one sack as well.