The No. 9 Bears closed the regular season with an absolutely dominant 61-6 victory over Kansas, finalizing their 11-1 record only two years after they went 1-11. The Baylor vs. Kansas game exposed the improved Jayhawks’ weaknesses on both offense and defense as the Bears proved to be an impossible opponent (with some improvements since the Texas game last week!). Because Baylor scored so quickly and often in the first half, second and third string athletes saw beneficial playing time and fans peeked into the future of Baylor football. Junior QB Charlie Brewer completed 13 of 25 passing attempts for 182 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. True freshman Jacob Zeno completed 3 of 3 passing attempts for 41 yards and redshirt freshman Gerry Bohanon added 2 of 4 attempts for 20 yards. The Bears recorded 1 turnover and finished with 507 yards and 6 penalties for 63 yards.
Baylor’s defense stopped the Jayhawks from scoring on their first drive as senior DT Bravvion Roy sacked QB Carter Stanley for a loss of 4 yards. When the Bears got the ball, junior RB John Lovett immediately ran 30 yards before Brewer threw passes of 12 and 25 yards to sophomore WR Josh Fleeks and senior WR Denzel Mims. Redshirt freshman QB Gerry Bohanon finished the drive with a 6-yard rush for the TD. After forcing another Kansas punt, Brewer connected with sophomore WR Tyquan Thornton for a 51-yard score on the first possession. The defense held up again and Baylor’s offense received the ball on a touchback. Brewer completed a 12-yard pass to Mims and a 25-yarder to junior RB Trestan Ebner before Fleeks and senior RB JaMycal Hasty added runs of 2 and 3 yards. Brewer completed a 5-yard pass to Sneed and Hasty took the ball 13 yards to the house, finishing the first quarter with a 21-0 lead.
The Bears mainly focused on the ground game in the second quarter at Ebner ran for 7 yards on 2 carries and Bohanon added 22 yards on 2 carries to set up redshirt freshman K John Mayers’ 23-yard field goal. The Jayhawks forced a Baylor punt on their next offensive series, but the ball bounced and touched a Kansas player’s hand prior to senior LS Ross Matiscik’s recovery at the Kansas 30 yard line. Ebner rushed for 13 yards on the first play before running 14-yards and a TD. The Bears and the Jayhawks traded consecutive punts and the Kansas drive ended with a fumble recovered by sophomore S JT Woods, while Baylor’s next series closed on a Brewer interception. Baylor’s defense fought back on Kansas’ following drive as senior S Henry Black notched the second interception of his career returned 20 yards. Brewer completed a 14-yard pass to Hasty and Mayers kicked a 23-yard field goal, adding to the Bears’ 34-0 lead at the half.
Baylor received the opening kickoff and continued their rushing focus to run out the clock. Ebner ran for 22 yards on 3 carries and Hasty added 29 yards and a TD to the 41-0 score. Kansas’ Carter was immediately intercepted by junior CB Grayland Arnold for his 6th pick in 5 games returned 4 yards. After the Baylor punt, the Jayhawks moved the ball through their territory before senior LB Blake Lynch intercepted Carter at the 50 and returned it 34 yards. Bohanon rushed for 8 yards deep into Kansas’ side and Hasty tacked on an 8-yard rushing score. The Jayhawks closed the third quarter with a TD and a failed 2-point conversion, leaving the score at 48-6.
Bohanon rushed for 3 yards and threw a 10-yard pass to Fleeks before true freshman QB Jacob Zeno swapped in under center. Freshman RB Qualan Jones ran 7 yards before Zeno made his first passing attempt, throwing a 16-yard spiral to junior WR Jared Atkinson. Sophomore RB Abram Smith ran 6 yards and Zeno added a 6-yard rushing attempt prior to his 19-yard and 6-yard passes to senior WR Marques Jones and junior WR Russell Morrison. Q. Jones had 3 carries for 14 yards and closed the drive with his first career TD. Junior S Zeke Brown ended the Jayhawks’ subsequent series with an interception returned 10 yards. On the final Baylor drive, sophomore QB Garrett McGuire saw his first action on a 6-yard rushing attempt before switching positions with Zeno. Q. Jones rushed for 18 yards on 2 carries and Zeno ran for a 1-yard score to finish the game 61-6.
10 Baylor athletes saw rushing attempts including Hasty (14 carries for 92 yards and 3(!!) TDs), Ebner (8 carries for 55 yards and 1 TD), Bohanon (7 carries for 42 yards and 1 TD), Q. Jones (8 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD), Lovett (2 carries for 30 yards), Zeno (2 carries for 7 yards and 1 TD), McGuire (1 carry for 6 yards), Smith (1 carry for 6 yards), Fleeks (2 carries for 2 yards), and Brewer (2 carries for minus 11 yards). 9 received passes including Thornton (4 catches for 69 yards and 1 TD), Mims (4 catches for 53 yards), Ebner (2 catches for 35 yards), Fleeks (3 catches for 26 yards), M. Jones (1 catch for 19 yards), Atkinson (1 catch for 16 yards), Hasty (1 catch for 14 yards), Morrison (1 catch for 6 yards), and Sneed (1 catch for 5 yards). Baylor’s defense amassed 55 tackles with 7 for a loss of 25 yards (Roy, redshirt freshman DE Jackson Shupp, freshman DT TJ Franklin, junior CB Raleigh Texada, junior DT James Lynch, redshirt freshman CB Byron Hanspard, Jr.), 2 sacks for a loss of 8 yards (Roy, Franklin), 2 fumble recoveries (Matiscik, Woods), 4 interceptions returned 68 yards (Arnold, B. Lynch, Brown, Black), and 2 pass breakups (sophomore S Christian Morgan, redshirt freshman CB Mark Milton).
The Bears will face Oklahoma in a rematch for the Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 7 at 11 a.m. (CT).