For the second straight week, Baylor was the underdog. And for the second straight week, the Bears won. Baylor (5-0, 2-0) knocked off Kansas State (3-2, 0-2) 31-12 . The Bears take on Texas Tech at 2:30 next Saturday at McLane Stadium.
Baylor’s defense was phenomenal. The Wildcats scored one touchdown, and it was midway through the fourth quarter with Baylor up by three scores. Bravion Roy disrupted the Wildcat’s rushing attack, as he frequently made single tackles behind the line. James Lynch and James Lockhart ruined Skylar Thompson’s day. Grayland Arnold grabbed an interception. Clay Johnston disrupted the Wildcat’s attack in the middle of zone. Up 19 late, on 4th and 11, the Bears collectively sacked Thompson for the fifth time.
After falling behind 3-0, Baylor put together a few nice drives. The Bears scored on a 99 yard drive in the second quarter. Tyquan Thornton was dominant on that drive, and he finished with 92 yards and a touchdown reception. Denzel Mims had 83 yards receiving.
The Bears had a rough stretch in the fourth quarter thanks to the worst of Big 12 officiating. Mims caught a touchdown pass, but the official threw a flag for offensive pass interference. Mims was not guilty of that offense, but justice was elusive in Riley County, Kansas on Baylor’s 11th offensive drive. With the drive extended, Charlie Brewer took a tough hit and left the game. Gerry Bohanon entered and threw a short pass to R.J. Sneed on 3rd and 22. Sneed broke a tackle and gained the first. Bohanon took it from there:
With Baylor up 24-12, Bohanon and Hasty had a miscue on their first snap after Kansas State’s touchdown. But John Lovett, who finished the day with six carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns, took the next play to the house:
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The Bears are now 5-0 for the first time since 2016. The only case that Baylor isn’t the league’s third best team is that they might be the league’s second best squad. Baylor has seven games left to prove either statement. Even if Baylor falls short of those heights, it’s indisputable that the Bears have come a long way from 2017. It took Baylor 12 games to get bowl eligible last season. They can do that in their sixth game this season next week against Texas Tech.