Baylor vs. UTSA Recap

Baylor vs UTSA
Photo credit: Rod Aydelotte-AP

The Bears (2-0) won their second game in a row in a match up against UTSA where they scored the most points for a Matt Rhule-coached team ever! In the Baylor vs UTSA game, the Bears notched a well-deserved 63-14 victory over the Roadrunners (1-1), only two years after the latter defeated them 17-10 in Waco. In what was an overwhelmingly painless win, Baylor showed their strengths in every skill group and proved that they’re not the same team they were last year. Junior QB Charlie Brewer was only in the game for the first half where he completed 12 of 16 passing attempts for 163 yards and 3 TDs and also had four carries for 10 yards and 1 TD. Redshirt freshman QB Gerry Bohanon completed the second half with 4 of 7 completed attempts for 15 yards and led the rushing game with 7 carries for 93 yards and 1 TD. The Bears had zero turnovers and finished with 546 yards, but increased their penalties from the previous game with 6 for 50 yards.

Neither the Bears nor the Roadrunners could get anything started on the offensive side in their first respective drives, but the Baylor defense instantly showed up with senior LBs Clay Johnston recording a sack in the second play of the game and Blake Lynch notching one of his own in UTSA’s second drive. Once the Bears’ offense got the ball back with nearly 10 minutes left in the first quarter, junior RB Trestan Ebner (last game’s obvious MVP) immediately ran for 55 yards to set up senior WR Denzel Mims’ first TD of the game. On the next Baylor drive, Brewer did what he does best by connecting with sophomore WRs Tyquan Thornton and R.J. Sneed on short passes of 16 and 12 yards before junior RB John Lovett added rushes of 28 yards on 2 carries. A 19-yard catch by Mims preceded Brewer’s 5-yard run in the end zone for Baylor’s second TD, which was the final score of the first quarter.

The first Baylor drive of the second quarter featured many Brewer short passes to senior RB JaMycal Hasty for 6 yards, Sneed for 7 yards, Thornton for 13 yards, and Mims for 4 yards before a 22-yard run by Ebner and a final 30-yard catch by Mims for his second TD of the day. Johnston and redshirt freshman DE Bralen Taylor sacked Roadrunners QB Frank Harris on the next UTSA drive and when they punted the ball away, Baylor junior CB Grayland Arnold returned it 73 yards for another Baylor score– the first punt return for a TD since former WR Levi Norwood in 2013. The Baylor defense forced a UTSA three and out on their subsequent drive and Hasty instantly rushed for 16 yards on 4 carries, sandwiching Sneed’s 21-yard catch to move downfield. Mims caught a 21-yard pass before snagging a 26-yard throw in the end zone for his third TD of the half, finishing the second quarter with a score of 35-0 in Baylor’s favor.

The Bears got the ball back in the second half with Bohanon taking snaps at QB. Lovett rushed for 4 yards before Bohanon’s huge 38-yard rush added to Baylor’s offensive momentum. Lovett caught a 13-yard pass and rushed for 16 yards on 2 carries, setting up Bohanon’s 3-yard run for a TD. After another UTSA punt, the Bears saw Bohanon run for 55 yards on two carries and Lovett for 18 so Hasty could run in a 1-yard score. The Roadrunners scored their first TD of the day on a 6 minute drive to close out the third quarter.

Baylor opened the fourth quarter with a three and out of their own and the Bears’ defense missed a crucial tackle on the next UTSA drive, leading to a Roadrunners 54-yard rushing TD, their second and final of the day. Although the Bears couldn’t get anything going on their following drive, the Roadrunners fumbled their punt return and Baylor sophomore S JT Woods recovered the ball on the UTSA 16 yard line. Sophomore RB Abram Smith rushed for 1 yard and senior WR Chris Platt ran in a 15-yard TD. When the Bears’ offense got the ball back, freshman RB Qualan Jones rushed for 2 yards and redshirt freshman WR Davis Baucum caught a 2-yard pass before Jones ran for 61 yards and the Bears’ final TD of the day, leaving the score at Baylor 63-14.

10 Baylor athletes saw rushing attempts, including Bohanon (7 carries for 93 yards and 1 TD), Ebner (4 carries for 76 yards), Lovett (9 carries for 69 yards), Jones (2 carries for 63 yards and 1 TD), Smith (3 carries for 21 yards), Hasty (7 carries for 18 yards and 1 TD), Platt (1 carry for 15 yards and 1 TD), Brewer (4 carries for 10 yards and 1 TD), freshman RB Jonah White (1 carry for 2 yards), and junior FB Koby Bullard (1 carry for 1 yard). Seven received passes including Mims (7 catches for 101 yards and 3 TDs), Sneed (3 catches for 40 yards), Thornton (1 catch for 16 yards), Lovett (1 catch for 13 yards), Hasty (2 catches for 8 yards), Baucum (1 catch for 2 yards), and Platt (1 catch for -2 yards). Baylor’s defense amassed 61 tackles with 5 for a loss of 16 yards, 3 sacks for a loss of 10 yards (Johnston, B. Lynch, Taylor), one fumble recovery (Woods), 3 pass breakups (senior LB Jordan Williams, sophomore CB Kalon Barnes, junior CB Raleigh Texada), and 6 QB hurries (junior LB Terrel Bernard, junior DT James Lynch, freshman S Will Williams, sophomore LB Bryson Jackson, senior DT Bravvion Roy).

Baylor will face Rice in Houston on Saturday Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. (CT).