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Blowouts have become routine for the Baylor Bears so far this season. The trend continued in Lawrence on Saturday as they rolled the Jayhawks 66-7. The Bears came in focused, played with energy and appeared to avoid any lackluster play than can sometimes accompany playing a lesser opponent. Although, they may have also had a little extra motivation.

Baylor’s offensive machine racked up 644 total yards of offense while sitting Corey Coleman, Shock Linwood, and Seth Russell all of the second half.  Russell continued his early season success by tossing three touchdown passes, two to Coleman, and Linwood ran roughshod over the Jayhawks for 135 yards in one half of play.

While everyone expected Baylor to win in a convincing fashion, it is still a statement win because it is a situation where a team’s mentality and focus can be assessed.  Team’s often come out sloppy or undisciplined in games where the talent is so discrepant and Baylor didn’t do that.  They had 4 penalties for 33 yards and maintained their intensity throughout this game.  A performance against a mediocre football team can sometimes be as telling as a performance against a great football team and this shows that this Baylor team is laser focused on the ultimate goal.

“I feel like we have one of the freshest football teams in America at this point.  They’re going to like playing football games here in a few weeks.” head coach Art Briles said after the game.

Game Stats

Baylor

Kansas

1st Downs 33 14
3rd Down Eff 7-12 8-21
4th Down Eff 1-1 0-2
Total Yards 644 227
Passing Yds 363 158
Pass Comp 27-37 20-36
Yds Per Pass 9.6 4.2
Rushing Yds 281 69
Rush Att 45 39
Yds Per Rush 6.2 1.8
Penalties 4-33 4-50
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles lost 1 2
Picks Thrown 0 1
Final Score 66 7
1st Qtr 24 7
2nd Qtr 28 0
3rd Qtr 14 0
4th Qtr 0 0

 

KEY POINT IN THE GAME

On the opening series of the game, 4th string Kansas quarterback and true freshman Ryan Willis threw a 36 yard touchdown pass to Steven Sims to make the score 7-7 after Baylor scored on their first drive.  Many Bear fans were having flashbacks to the SMU game and thinking “here we go again,” as in letting a lessor team hang around a bit too long.  However, with 7:33 left in the 1st, Seth Russell hit Corey Coleman for an 11 yard TD and Baylor never looked back.  Baylor scored on its next 7 possessions and KU did not score again.  Baylor proved they were able to shut the door and finish.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

RB Shock Linwood – There are a few to pick from , but the nod goes to Shock Linwood, who had 135 yards on 13 carries in a half.  Yes, that’s right.  He sat the second half.  Baylor will need to maintain that rushing attack as the competition increases in the coming weeks.

Emptying The Notebook

Baylor finally unleashed LaQuan McGowan, and he’s still terrifying!

https://vine.co/v/e0junLb6liF

 

The Bears are receiving some ‘Playoff’ love

Eh, close enough!

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