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Recap: Behind Charlie Brewer and Denzel Mims, Baylor destroys UTSA 63-14

Another cupcake, another big win for Baylor.

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Baylor Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer stiff arms UTSA Roadrunner - USA TODAY Sports - Jerome Miron
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Baylor had no trouble dispatching UTSA in short order by defeating the Roadrunners 63-14. We thought this might be a tougher match up than their previous week, and they indeed struggled in their first drive as UTSA forced a Baylor punt. However, Baylor would score touchdowns on their six succeeding drives before they punted again.

Baylor jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and by the end of the half, they had extended the lead to 35-0 and the game was essentially over.

The Baylor defense shut down the UTSA offense. The Roadrunners did not score until the third quarter, and that was against backups and walk-ons. A big part of their defensive success was that shut down quarterback Frank Harris. They made him a one-dimensional player.

Gerry Bohannon took over for Charlie Brewer in the second half and proved to be a playmaker in his own right. Bohannon rushed the ball for 7 times totaling 93 yards and a touchdown. Baylor finished the night with 546 total yards and 368 of that was on the ground.

Baylor will get an early bye week before travelling to Houston to take the Rice Owls in week four. 

Keys Plays 

9:27 [2nd and 8 on UTSA 30] – Denzel Mims caught 30 yard pass from Charlie Brewer for a touchdown to make score 21-0. 

7:02 [4th and 10 on UTSA 35] – UTSA punted ball to Baylor and Grayland Arnold returned 73 yards for a touchdown to go up 28-0. 

5:53 [3rd & 6 on Baylor 39] – True Freshman Qualan Jones rushes for a 61 yard touchdwon to make score 63-14. 

Key Stats

9.2 yards – Baylor did what they wanted to on the ground rushing for 368 total yards and averaging 9.2 yards per attempt. 

75% – Charlie Brewer was efficient going 12 of 16 for 163 yards and three touchdown in only one half of play. 

73 yards – Grayland Arnold retruned a punt for a 73 yard touchdown. It was Baylor’s first punt return for a touchdown in 6 years. 

266 yards – The Baylor defense held UTSA to only 266 yards of total offense and were especially stingey in pass defense allowing only 102 yards passing. 

101 degrees – At game time, it was 101 degrees in Waco making this the hottest game ever played in McLane Stadium. During the game, the field was measured at 181 degrees. 

Baylor players of the game

  • QB Charlie Brewer – 12/16, 163 YDs 3 TDs
  • WR Denzel Mims – 7 REC, 101 YDs, 3 TDs
  • LB Clay Johnston – 6 TOT, 1.5 SAC
  • S Grayland Arnold – 3 RET, 83 YDs, 1 TD

Remaining Thoughts 

Baylor Defense Passes Another Test – The Baylor defense looks much improved over the first two games. The starting unit only allowed 7 points to SFA in week on and zero points to UTSA. 

Offensive Playmakers – Baylor has playmakers everywhere on offense and they are going to be alot to deal with as the season progresses. 

Teams Will Have To Account For Bohannon – Gerry Bohannon has proved to be a weapon on offense and teams will have to account for him and Baylor should have some packages to get him on the field in Big 12 play. 

Noah Rauschenberg Is A Weapon – having a kicker that can make kickoffs un-returnable is a weapon and Baylor finally has that in Rauschenberg. 

The Heat Was Stupid – Playing games in middle of afternoon in early Septmeber in Texas is dumb and could have been a health concern for all players involved. 

Game Highlights

Matt Rhule Post-Game Press Conference

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