BEARS WIN!!! Baylor starts the season 1-0 with a dominating, 56-10 win over Stephen F. Austin.
The game began electric for the Bears as they got a three-and-out on defense and cashed it in only 6 plays later. The first touchdown came by way of a 16 yard pass from Charlie Brewer to Trestan Ebner.
The Bears immediately got another three-and-out and the next offensive possession also resulted in a quick score, this time an 11 yard pass from Brewer to R.J. Sneed.
After quickly getting out to a 14-0 lead, Baylor cooled off a bit in the first quarter. The defense let up an 11 play, 75 yard touchdown drive from SFA. Baylor’s offense fell into a rut too, punting on two consecutive drives. Baylor got a defense spark to start the second quarter behind the energy of James Lynch and Blake Lynch. James sacked SFA’s Trae Self once, and then brought heavy pressure forcing a bad throw that was intercepted by Blake Lynch.
Baylor made the most of the interception. Ebner reversed field and juked out most of the Lumberjack defense to add a 21 yard rushing touchdown, his second score of the day.
Ebner didn’t stop there though, he added a third touchdown off an 11 yard run midway through the second quarter, shooting the lead up to 28-7. The defense got itself back on the tracks, getting a few more three-and-outs. John Lovett got in on the scoring action late in the 2nd, pushing the lead up to 35-7 after a 19 yard touchdown run.
A couple more possessions went back and forth to nowhere and the Bears entered halftime up 35-7.
Baylor immediately picked things back up in the 2nd half, with Brewer throwing a touchdown pass to R.J. Sneed who made an incredible toe-tapping grab.
Matt Rhule decided to start pulling starters after the score was 42-7, and Gerry Bohanon took over at quarterback. Bohanon threw a 9 yard strike to Tyquan Thornton to push the score up to 49-7.
SFA put together a decent drive, before attempting a field goal. Baylor came away with a nice block on that attempt, the second blocked kick of the game.
The very first play of the 4th quarter was a Baylor fumble by Abram Smith, recovered by the SFA. Baylor’s defense held though, and the Lumberjacks only added a field goal to make it 49-10.
After a nice run from Gerry Bohanon, Abram Smith added yet another Baylor touchdown to get the score up to 56-10 late in the 4th quarter. SFA scored a LATE, garbage time touchdown, stopping Baylor from covering the 42.5 spread. Baylor ran out the clock to secure a 56-17 season opening victory over SFA.
Baylor is 1-0 on the season and will play UTSA next week. Sic ‘em Bears!!!