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Baylor Football: Bears Dominate In Manhattan

The Bears defeat the Wildcats to improve to 5-0.

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Linebacker Clay Johnston of the Baylor Bears tackles wide receiver Phillip Brooks of the Kansas State Wildcats - Getty Images - Peter G Aiken
Getty Images - Peter G Aiken

Baylor entered the week as a 1.5 point underdog heading to Manhattan. Kansas State was coming off of an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma State and everything pointed to a bounce back game at home against Baylor. Baylor on the other hand, was looking to quiet the doubters and put together an impressive performance against Kansas State. 

It appears as the media loves to move the goal posts on Baylor. First, it was they haven’t played anybody (which is true), and we will see after they play Iowa State. After they defeated the Cyclones, it was we will see after they play Kansas State on the road. 

Baylor did everything they are supposed to do to quiet the doubters. Kansas State has looked good early in season opening up 3-0 including a win over SEC opponent Mississippi State. However after a tough loss against Oklahoma State, we will see how the Bear’s win this week will be valued.

The first quarter is what everyone has expected. It was a tough, physical game and both offenses struggled to get anything going. Kansas State jumped on the board first with a Blake Lynch field goal. Baylor answered in the second quarter with a field goal of their own to knot the game up at three apiece. Both teams traded punts before Baylor went on a 6-play, 98-yard drive that ended in a Tyquan Thornton touchdown to put Baylor on top 10-3.

Kansas State punted to open up the second half and Baylor answered with a 91-yard touchdown drive to go up 17-3. K-State’s drives were ending in punts, turnovers and a field goal, while Baylor’s drives were resulting in points, and Baylor jumped out to a 24-6 lead. Kansas State answered with a touchdown of their own to narrow the Baylor lead to 24-12, but Baylor immediately answered to extend their lead to 31-12 and put the game away.

Key Plays Of The Game

6:28 2nd [2 & 10 KSU 29] – With the score tied 3-3 Baylor had put together a good drive that started on their own 2-yard-line. Brewer found Tyquan Thornton wide open after he burned defender with a sick slant and go route for the touchdown. 

11:27 3rd [1&10 KSU 13] – Baylor capped its second 90-plus-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run to put Baylor up 17-3. After forcing a punt in the opening drive of the second half Baylor broke will of KSU by marching down field and extending their lead. 

12:36 4th [1&10 Baylor 47] – Down 17-6, Kansas State was driving to get some points on the board and the Baylor defense stepped up when Clay Johnston tipped a Skylar Thompson pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Grayland Arnold. Unfortunately, the touchdown was called back due to holding call. 

11:11 4th [3&22 KSU 42]– After Charlie Brewer got banged up on this drive Gerry Bohannon came in and threw a short out route to R.J. Sneed who made an amazing run for 38 yards down to KSU 4-yard-line. Bohannon would score on next play and for all intents and purposes put this game away by going up 24-6. 

Key Stats Of The Game 

2 turnovers – Baylor forced two turnovers and that was huge in keeping the game out of reach for Kansas State. The Baylor defense forced a Skylar Thompson fumble that was recovered by Baylor. Then later in game, they forced a Skylar Thompson interception following a tipped pass that led to a touchdown. 

15 tackles for loss – Yes, that is right 15. Baylor practically lived in the KSU backfield making the day frustrating for Skylar Thompson and the Wildcat running backs. Among the 15 tackles for loss, there were six sacks and half of those were from James Lynch alone. 

3.1 yards per carry – Baylor defense was stellar again. They held KSU to only 123 yards rushing on 40 carries for an average of 3.1 yards per carry. This forced KSU out of their comfort zone and made the day very difficult for the KSU offense. 

Baylor Players Of The Game

  • QB Charlie Brewer – 14/23 230 yards, 1 touchdown
  • WR Tyquan Thornton – 4 receptions, 92 yards, 1 touchdown
  • RB Jamycal Hasty  – 8 carries, 87 yards 
  • RB John Lovett – 7 carries, 74 yards, 2 touchdowns 
  • DL James Lynch – 5 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 TFL 

Remaining Thoughts 

Defense is for real – The defense is making progress each week. After five games and two big 12 victories I think its safe to say that the Baylor defense is legit. Make no mistake, there will be tougher tests but I think this defense can pass those tests. 

Gerry Bohannon can run the offense – Charlie Brewer is the most important player on offense, but it is good to have a guy that can run the offense when needed. Bohannon showed that he can be the guy under center and he brings a different skill set to quarterback position. This is a worst-case scenario of course, but it is good to have an insurance policy like Gerry Bohannon. 

Baylor is clearly third best team – After another week of teams being inconsistent it is clear that the third best team in Big 12 is Baylor. TCU lost to Iowa State and Oklahoma State lost to Texas Tech. Oklahoma toyed around with Kansas and Texas did the same with West Virginia. Baylor has been the most consistent team on both sides of the ball of those teams vying for position to challenge Oklahoma and Texas. 

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