Baylor Knocks Off Kent State, 31-15

Heavy rains did not stop Baylor freshman quarterback Nick Florence in his quest to win his first collegiate game as a starter. Florence and the Bears beat Kent State 31-15, and also move to 3-1 on the season.

With Robert Griffin at quarterback, there has been plenty of talk about how the Baylor Bears might respond. Some of those questions were answered on Saturday night as the Baylor Bears defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes, 31-15.

Baylor started freshman quarterback Nick Florence who only had made his collegiate debut the previous week in mop up duty. A highly regarded quarterback in high school, Florence had to deal with heavy rains most of the first half, but he was able to put together a good game. The freshman signal caller completed 20 of 27 passes for 216 yards with no interceptions. However, perhaps the freshman's biggest contribution to the game was what he did on the ground. Florence reached the endzone twice on the ground with touchdown runs from 6 yards and from 29 yards.

Because of the weather, the Bears running game got plenty of action with redshirt freshman Jarred Salubi leading the way. Salubi rushed 17 times for 64 yards and a touchdown; a 45 yard scamper in the 2nd quarter.

Through the air, 6 different Baylor receivers touched the ball. Kendall Wright, the team's leading receiver, hauled in 9 receptions for 125 yards. Baylor senior receiver Ernest Smith caught 4 passes for 30 yards, and fellow senior receiver David Gettis recorded 3 receptions for 14 yards. Other Bears that recorded receptions were freshman Lanear Sampson who caught 2 passes for 23 yards, and senior tight end Justin Akers who hauled in 1 pass for 3 yards.

Kent State moved the ball against the Baylor defense, mostly in the second half. For the game, the Baylor Bears were outgained 424 yards to 374 yards. Flashes running back Jacquise Terry rushed for 109 yards and a score, a 61 yards touchdown burst, to lead the way. Receiver Jameson Konz led all Kent State receivers with 4 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.

The Baylor Bears were opportunistic on defense and special teams. After getting caught watching Kent State successfully gain a first down on a fake punt, Baylor's special teams responded by blocking a field goal, an extra point, and stopping another fake field goal run short of the 1st down marker.


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