The Baylor Bears defeated the Rice Owls 38-10 Friday night in Houston. Seth Russell threw for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns, but got off to a slow start for the second week in a row. The Baylor senior started just 2-8 for 17 yards an an interception as the Bears struggled to get anything going on their first four drives of the game. They had three punts and the 1 interception and saw a 3-0 deficit going into the second quarter. From that point on though, the Baylor offense would start to click, scoring touchdowns on three straight drives.
Russell would lock onto junior receiver KD Cannon to get the offense going, hitting him for a 45-yard gain down the middle of the field before JaMycal Hasty finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run. The second touchdown was setup by a defensive three-and-out and then a 5-yard punt by wide receiver/backup quarterback Nate German. Russell would find Cannon in the back of the end zone for a perfectly thrown pass and a 14-3 lead.
After a 75-yard touchdown drive by Rice to cut it to 14-10, the Bears would once again answer with a 24-yard touchdown run by Terence Williams. Baylor would dodge a bullet on the next drive as Rice running back Darik Dillard would find open space on a 59-yard gain. However, corner back Tion Wright would chase him down, and force a fumble at the Baylor 15-yard line that Pat Levels would recover. The Bears would drive down the field, mainly with a KD Cannon 46-yard gain down the sideline, but Chris Callahan would badly miss a 46-yard field goal to end the half.
After halftime, it would be about the Baylor defense, holding the Rice Owls scoreless, and allowing just 78 total yards of offense and 5 first downs while never allowing the Owls to get farther than the Baylor 4-yard line. The second half would also see the Bears running attack get going, led by freshman JaMycal Hasty with 105 yards. Terence Williams would add 79 yards with both players scoring a touchdown.
Starting running back Shock Linwood would gain 57 yards and pass Walter Abercrombie to become the Baylor all-time leading career rusher in the 3rd quarter on a 5-yard run before setting a new career mark of 3,676 yards. The Bears offense was efective at moving the ball, but two missed field goals by Chris Callahan, and a late drive that stalled inside the 5-yard line as the game was nearing the end kept this score from getting completely away from Rice.
The Bears would score the last 24 points of the game, and 38 of the final 45. Baylor now prepares to begin Big 12 play as they host Oklahoma State Saturday night in Waco, TX.
Stats of the Game
- Baylor had 296 yards on the ground and averaged 5.5 yards per carry
- KD Cannon had 213 yards, 2 touchdowns and averaged 23.7 yards per catch on his 9 receptions
- Rice finished with just 31 yards passing on 27 attempts
- Outside of Dillard's 53 yard rush, the Owls gained 181 yards on the ground, and 4.4 yards per carry
- RB Shock Linwood had 57 rushing yards, setting a new school record with 3,676 career rushing yards. He passed Walter Abercrombie (1978-81) with 3,665 yards.
- WR KD Cannon’s 213 receiving yards were the 5th-most in a game in program history.
- Baylor starts 3-0 for the 6th straight season
- Baylor won its 19th consecutive regular-season non-conference game.
- Baylor is 12-3 in true road games over the last 3-plus years, after going 7-17 in the previous 5 years.
- Baylor has won 53 games since 2011, most in the Big 12 Conference.
- Baylor has rushed for a touchdown in 31 consecutive games, the longest active streak among Power Five conference teams.
- Baylor is 18-5 in its last 23 games played away from Waco.
- Baylor and Rice met for the 81st time. Baylor is now 49-30-2 in the all-time series, including 8 straight wins in the series a 27-20-2 record in Houston.
- Baylor held Rice to 31 passing yards, the fewest by a Baylor FBS opponent since the Bears held Arkansas to 28 passing yards on Nov. 10, 1990 (BU won 34-3).
- Baylor topped 600 yards of total offense for the 41st time in program history and 36th time since 2010.
- Cannon became the first player in program history with 3 games of 200+ receiving yards.
- Cannon has caught a TD pass in each of the first 3 games this season and has at least one reception in all 29 career games.