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Soccer Wins, Football Holds Head Up High

NCAA Football: Liberty at Baylor
Gotta love Lovett! Sic ‘em!
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Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don't see him, yet you trust him - with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you'll get what you're looking forward to: total salvation. 1 Peter 1: 7-9, #trusttheprocess

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Soccer

Soccer Stays Unbeaten with 1-0 Win over Ball State - Baylor Official Athletic Site, Baylor soccer (4-0-1) kept its unblemished 4-0 record in 2017 at home, defeating the Ball State Cardinals (1-4-0) on Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.

“I’m super proud of the defense. I think we’ve been really solid throughout the beginning part of our season. It’s just super important. Soccer is obviously a team effort and we just have to work hard to keep the shots out of the goal. Our midfielders, our forwards are working super hard to put it in the goal and we’ve just got to continue to protect our goalie, protect our team, save everyone some running and just do our jobs.” – Baylor senior Precious Akanyirige.

“I’m very thankful and blessed to get the opportunity to come back in and help finish out the end of the game. I think we were all pressing so hard, we had around 15 shots, so we knew it was going to come we just didn’t know when. I just found the open pass, it came to me and I looked for the pass and saw the back of the goal. I was definitely more calm than usual.” – Baylor junior Jackie Crowther.

“They’re really going to be, and they always have been here, the unsung heroes of our team. They just locked down really well and didn’t give them a sniff. Sometimes, the tough thing for a goalkeeper is when you don’t get anything all day and then you get the one opportunity. But that just kind of shows the maturity of a young goalkeeper. It didn’t really faze her. So, I’m proud of her, proud of that back line and the two defensive midfielders that played really well today, Julie and Ally did a great job just kind of holding things down.” – Baylor head coach Paul Jobson.

Football

Baylor football players volunteer at shelters for Hurricane Harvey victims, Baylor football players are putting their Week 1 loss behind them by making an impact in the community.

SicEmSports.com - ANALYSIS: Transition seasons are what they are, Founding Father Patrick Henry has the timeless quote that has spanned four centuries: Give me Liberty or give me death.

Baylor must have felt like it got both Saturday in Matt Rhule’s debut as the program’s 27th head coach.

On a night when hope reached a pinnacle, the Bears delivered a performance in the 2017 season opener against Liberty that went against what most believed. This team performed surprisingly well on offense. This team was surprisingly poor on defense.

We Are Baylor (And The Road Ahead) - Our Daily Bears FanPost
We lost to the Liberty University Flames, an FCS football team, on our home turf by 3 points today. We lost our coaching staff, our university president, a slew of great players and recruits, and...

Schematically, we have tasked our players with learning not just a playbook, but an entirely new way of learning and playing football. Tactically, we have asked them to find alignments and make plays in completely unfamiliar ways. While it wouldn't be expected that these adjustments would result in what we saw on the field tonight, it (obviously) is not out of the realm of possibility. There is talent, there is coaching. It will take time to put it together.

We stand together. We Are Baylor.

Rhule, Bears looking to bounce back with heads held high | Baylor Bears Football | wacotrib.com, After watching his team work through a spirited preseason camp, first-year coach Matt Rhule was optimistic Baylor would make a strong opening statement against Liberty.

“It’s hard to see our starting running back going down, but our brand is next man up,” freshman John Lovett said. “Nothing surprised me tonight. I’ve got to credit to my big men up front. I can’t do it without them.”

Lovett was one of 12 true freshmen who were listed on the game participation chart for the Bears against Liberty. Cornerback Harrison Hand, linebacker Jalen Pitre and center Ryan Miller started while defensive linemen D.J. Artis and B.J. Thompson, linebacker Terrel Benard, running backs Dru Dixon and Trestan Ebner, receivers R.J Sneed and Gavin Holmes and offensive lineman Xavier Newman came off the bench.

Turner Gill's Liberty U provides biggest upset of the weekend, The FCS school scored it's first ever victory over a Power 5 school with its win against Baylor.

FCS football: 11 things to know about Liberty, which just beat Baylor | NCAA.com, Forty-nine FCS teams received votes in the pre-season coaches’ poll.

Liberty University wasn’t one of them.

That didn’t much matter Saturday when the Flames became the latest FCS underdog with a September surprise of an FBS big name, bringing down Baylor 48-45. So do we call this an upset?

“Well, I would say so,” coach Turner Gill answered afterward in Waco. “That is why you play the game. If you don’t play the game, you have no chance.”

By the numbers look at the Big 12 during its first week, DieHards, The Big 12's opening week of the season was buoyed by several notable by-the-numbers efforts.

College football weekend in review: Big 12 debuts no party for Texas' Tom Herman, Baylor's Matt Rhule - Houston Chronicle, If Liberty's win over Baylor wasn't enough, the Howard Bison of FCS went one better.

A 45-point underdog to UNLV, the Bison won 43-40 in what is the biggest upset in college football history, at least according to point spreads.

A $100 bet on Howard to win the game would have paid $55,000, according to the service that supplies odds to the Associated Press.

2017 begins with college football’s 2 unlikeliest upsets since 2007 - SBNation.com, Nothing will ever top 2007, but 2017 is off to a wild start.

In Five More Days

Baylor vs. UTSA - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction - Sports Chat Place, Out at McLane Stadium in Waco on Saturday, September 9, the UT San Antonio Roadrunners will be meeting up with the Baylor Bears in Week 2 college football action.

UTSA Roadrunners (0-0) at Baylor Bears (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm (McLane Stadium)

The Line: Baylor Bears -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN

The Roadrunners come into this game having not taken the field yet. UT San Antonio was originally scheduled to open things up against the Houston Cougars on September 2, but due to the recent hurricane and flood conditions in Texas that game was postponed.