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Baylor fall apart in the third quarter to fall 42-21 to Kansas State

Leading 14-7 at halftime, a disastrous third quarter that saw Kansas State score 21 unanswered point put the Bears in a 14 point hole they could never climb out of.

Leading 14-7 at halftime, a disastrous third quarter that saw Kansas State score 21 unanswered point put the Bears in a 14 point hole they could never climb out of. The Bears cut the lead to 7 midway through the 3rd quarter, but a 76 yard kickoff return gave the Wildcats the ball deep in Baylor territory before a lead stretching touchdown.  

With Zach Smith making his first career start, the offenses for both teams were slow to get going.  Neither team scored in the first quarter, with only the Bears putting a drive together.  They drove inside the KSU five yard line, but an Ishmael Zamora fumble at the goal line gave Kansas State the ball back.  The drive was kept alive several times by costly Kansas State penalties, including a roughing the kicker penalty that gave the Bears the ball back. 

In the second quarter, the offenses got going. Baylor would score 14 points off of Kansas State turnovers.  The first touchdown came courtesy of a Wildcat muffed punt that gave the ball to Baylor at the 22-yard line.  Smith would find Blake Lynch underneath, who would make his man miss and scamper 25-yards for the opening touchdown. 

The Wildcats would answer with a touchdown of their own on a 90-yard drive, keyed by a 4th and 2 conversion where Jesse Ertz ran for 40 yards to five Kansas State first and goal. Baylor would get another gift with under 1 minute left in the half, as Ertz fumbled the ball after Tyrone Hunt applied pressure.  A beautiful Zach Smith pass to Chris Platt capped the scoring in the first half, putting the Bears up 14-7 going into the last 30 minutes. 

After halftime though, it was all Kansas State, as the ground attack for the Wildcats took over.  On 6 possessions, they scored 5 touchdowns, all on the ground.  The Wildcats owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, with wide running lanes for Alex Barnes, who finished with 129 yards and 4 touchdowns.  

Baylor also struggled on offense to create their own rushing lanes, gaining fewer than 2-yards per carry in the first half, and Smith being harassed and hit constantly by a 4-man rush. With no time to go down the field, the Bears had to keep their routes short with Smith finding success underneath.  The second half though saw the young freshman make mistakes, with 3 interceptions.  He threw one in the endzone, where sophomore receiver Chris Platt simply gave up on the play.  He also had one other the middle where he stared down his receiver.  The final one was an overthrow on a rare deep ball to Blake Lynch. 

With the offense simply not getting in gear, the Wildcats were able to play their style of game. With a 2-touchdown lead for almost all of the last 20-minutes of action, KSU was simply able to run the ball and keep the Baylor offensive attack on the sideline. 

The Baylor slide is now at 4-losses and counting, falling to 6-4 on the season after a perfect start and a top-10 ranking.  The conversation now turns to Texas Tech on a short week, as the Bears travel to Arlington, TX to take on the Red Raiders looking to avoid a 5th straight loss before the season closing game at West Virginia.  

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