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Baylor rebounded in a big way before a Homecoming crowd, demolishing Kansas 60-14 in a game that was never in doubt.

Ronald Martinez


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KANSAS
(2-6, 0-5) NR/NR
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7 0 7 0 14
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 47,574

60
BAYLOR
(7-1, 4-1) 12/12/13

Players of the Game:

QB Bryce Petty -- 15-27 for 277 yards and 3 TDs, 0 INTS
RB Devin Chafin -- 14 carries for 122, 2 TDs
RB Shock Linwood --  14 carries for 81 yards, 1 TD
WR Corey Coleman -- 3 catches for 167 yards and 2 TDs

Baylor OL: 0 sacks given up, 2 opposing TFL, 338 rushing yards

DE K.J. Smith -- 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 FF, 2 sacks
DT Andrew Billings -- 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL, see below
DE Shawn Oakman -- 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 sack

K Chris Callahan -- 4/4 on field goals!

Play of the Game:

That's 6-2, 300-pound DT Andrew Billings dropping into zone coverage and then running down RB Corey Avery 25 yards down the field.  That's the kind of play NFL scouts drool over.

Quick Thoughts:

Baylor did basically exactly what it needed to do yesterday in putting up 60 points against a Kansas team that had yet to allow more than 41 in the entire season.  By the end of the game, all or nearly all of my major concerns had been allayed somewhat, although it took a late 7-7 passing run by Bryce Petty to get to that point.  As for Petty, he still looked pretty shaky, especially early, overthrowing wide receivers and not even looking at open dumpoff options.  Of course, it should be noted that his receivers dropped several catchable passes that skewed his numbers early and probably affected his confidence.  By the end of his time in the game (meaning the middle of the third quarter), the offense had begun to open up across the field (slants!! intermediate routes!!) for what seems like the first time in several games, and he looked to be in full command.  I finished the game much happier with him than I began it, and that's progress we needed to see.

The big story for the offense, obviously, was a vastly improved rushing game.  Briles mentioned after the game that they had introduced a few wrinkles to open things up, and the impact between that and the healthy return of Devin Chafin was obvious.  Baylor not only had its longest rushing play of the season from Shock Linwood (that maybe should have been a touchdown...), but the rushing offense on the whole looked significantly better than in weeks past.  Don't discount that by saying "well, it's just Kansas", either-- KANSAS IS NOT BAD ON DEFENSE.  I thought it was interesting that we made such a concerted effort to run behind the reconstructed right side of our offensive line ... and it worked.  I'll be waiting for Hammer's OL analysis this week with bated breath, to be sure.

On defense, I thought things went extremely well outside of basically the one drive where Kansas tricked us with the screen above and then maneuvered Collin Brence into single coverage on a wheel route vs. Nick Harwell.  That play was the combination of good scheme and good execution, so I'm not too concerned about it specifically unless we start seeing teams repeat that formula against Brence later on, which we very well might.  We haven't seen many teams go after him specifically, so that's something to watch.

Led by Billings, Smith, and Oakman, I thought the defensive line had an extremely impressive day.  This is one situation where you probably can discount things a bit because it's Kansas, but it's good to see against anyone.  The Jayhawks ran the ball 27 times for 16 yards, by far their lowest rushing output of the season, and had exactly 3 drives go further than 50 yards, including one against our second and third-stringers in the fourth quarter.  The only significant black mark I can see for the defense is that Michael Cummings completed 21 of 30 passes.  That's simply too much, even if most of them were of the short variety and thus very difficult to defend.

6 penalties for 54 yards!  That's progress, right?!?!

Mark Seymour's Top 11:

Doing this out of force of habit more than anything else.

1. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
2. Oregon Ducks
3. Florida State Seminoles
4. Auburn Tigers
5. TCU Horned Frogs
6. Alabama Crimson Tide
7. Kansas State Wildcats
8. Michigan State Spartans
9. Baylor Bears
10. Ole Miss Rebels
11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

I debated switching 3 and 4 over and over again, and I think TCU would beat FSU if they played right now.  Those will be the top 4 on Tuesday (or whenever they release the rankings this week), so be prepared.

LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS LINKS

Most of the Good Stuff from the Mothership does not appear to be available yet.  I'll update the post when it is.

Saturday's 6 things that will most change the College Football Playoff rankings - SBNation.com
Ole Miss down. TCU up? Georgia way down. Who's the next non-power up? And the Pac-12 South finally has a leader.

No. 12 Football Cruises Past Kansas, 60-14 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Bryce Petty had three touchdown passes, including two to Corey Coleman, and No. 12 Baylor scored on 11 straight possessions despite looking sluggish at times in a 60-14 victory over Kansas on Saturday.

Little goes right for Kansas in 60-14 rout by No. 12 Baylor | The Kansas City Star
It was a little jarring late in the second quarter to see the Kansas defense line up to stop Baylor on a fourth and 1 — and do so with just 10 defenders on the field. The rules of football graciously allow for a team to deploy 11 men on the field. Baylor running back Devin Chafin calmly plunged in from 1 yard out. The moment offered an apt summation of what transpired on Saturday afternoon. No. 12 Baylor’s offensive machine smashed the Kansas defense on a cool fall afternoon, racking up 669 total yards in route to a 60-14 victory. The Bears lived in the KU red zone, showcasing its vast arsenal of weapons.

Bears recapture the feeling with welcome homecoming win, 60-14 - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Homecoming is a feel-good day that’s perfect to schedule a last-place team like Kansas.

Bears’ front 4 completely dominates Kansas in win - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Even in the early going, it was clear that if Kansas was going to have to throw the ball successfully if it wanted to head out of Waco with a win Saturday.

Baylor notebook: OU in sights, Billings shines, Callahan true and more - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Baylor cruised past Kansas, 60-14, Saturday at McLane Stadium, but from his responses in the postgame press conference, Bryce Petty wasn’t too concerned with talking about what had just happened.

Video: No. 13 Baylor Bears 60, Kansas Jayhawks 14 - ESPN
Highlights of No. 13 Baylor's 60-14 thrashing of Kansas.

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's what we learned about the Big 12 in Week 10.

Big 12 football helmet stickers: Week 10 - ESPN
Here's a look at the top performers in the Big 12 on Saturday.

TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS

I don't care if it is over-saturated. I'd buy that in a large format to hang on my office wall.

There's a million more I could post, but I'll stop here.