It took a bit for this game to get going, but the Wildcats were eventually able to get on the scoreboard first with a field goal on their third drive of the game. Kansas State didn’t hold their lead for long though, as Baylor answered with a field goal of their own on the following drive. The Bears wouldn’t trail again in this one.
Baylor picked up their first conference road win since defeating Kansas in 2017, and they are a far cry from the 1-win team they were the last time they traveled to Manhattan.
We said before the game that the Kansas State offense was not the same without star receiver Malik Knowles, and without a downfield threat to stretch the field, Baylor’s 25th-ranked run defense could have a big day. That’s exactly what happened. Baylor had 15 tackles for a loss, including six sacks, and the Wildcats picked up just 123 rush yards on 40 carries. For a run-first team like K-State, 3.1 yards per carry just isn’t going to cut it.
After tying the game at 3-3, Charlie Brewer found Tyquan Thornton for a 29-yard touchdown strike on their following possession. After trading a few more punts, the Bears took their 10-3 lead into halftime. Out of the break, Baylor forced a 3-and-out, and the six plays later, they found the end zone once again to take a 17-3 lead.
Brewer was the difference in this game. It wasn’t an eye-popping statistical performance that we’ve become accustomed to in the Big 12, but it was enough. He completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 230 yards and a score.
Thornton has emerged another weapon for Brewer opposite of Denzel Mims. Mims hauled in five receptions for 83 yards while Thornton added to his big performance last week with 92 yards and the touchdown on four receptions this week.
The Bears eventually put the game away in the fourth quarter to win 31-12, but we don’t know yet at what cost. Charlie Brewer was shaken up in the fourth quarter and left the game. He was later seen on the sidelines, but the extent to any injury is not yet known. Coach Matt Rhule said after the game that he was unsure of his status. It’s something we will continue to watch, and we will have more on this game with the full recap.