The Baylor Bears defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 49-7 to advance to 6-0 and become bowl eligible for the 7th straight season, by far a program best. Baylor pounced on an over matched Kansas team with an early touchdown and then followed that up with an interception returned for a touchdown by senior corner back Ryan Reid to go up 14-0 in the first 7-minutes of action. It was a dominant effort that saw teh game never in doubt.
Seth Russell got the Bears going early, scoring a 5 yard and 26 yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Bears a 21-0 nothing lead. After that, it was never in doubt, with Kansas turning the ball over 5 times in the game, including 4 interceptions. An awful snap that was left laying on the 4-yard line setup Shock Linwood for an easy touchdown 1 play later to become the Baylor all-time career leading rushing touchdown scorer.
With the score 42-0 at halftime, the Bears emptied the bench, saving their starters for the stretch run of the season, starting October 29th against Texas. The Bears would score just one touchdown in the second half, but drove the ball into Kansas territory consistently and played it safe in the last 30 minutes.
The Bears did not have a single 100 yard rusher or receiver, a first for the 2016 season. Seth Russell led the Bears with 68 rushing yard and two touchdowns, while KD Cannon had 3 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears receiving core. Eight Bears secured receptions for the Bears, while 11 Bears attempted a rush.
Baylor defense was the star of this game, shutting down the Jayhawks for most of the game, and scoring as many points as KU did (7-7). They forced 5 turnovers, and gave the Baylor offense excellent field position for an easy touchdown. Kansas converted their 2nd third down conversion of the game with under 2 minutes to go in the game, starting 1-13. Baylor had 5 sacks, with Taylor Young getting two along with 6 tackles. Raaquan Davis had a team high 15 tackles along with a sack.
Kansas had just 2.9 yards per play on the game, compared to the Bears 5.7. The only downside for the Bears was the kicking game that saw the miss 3 field goals. Starter Chris Callahan missed a 31 and 36-yarder, while Drew Galitz missed a 48-yarder badly.
The Bears have a bye week this week, their last before starting the back-half of their schedule. Next up is a trip to Austin, TX to take on Texas on October 29th.