Sadly for Kansas, the game went as advertised. Third ranked Baylor stormed into Memorial Stadium and left no doubt that they are a Big 12 buzzsaw, as they hammered the Jayhawks 66-7, Saturday afternoon.
For Kansas (0-5, 0-2) it was a long afternoon that could have actually have been longer if their opponent so chose. Baylor (5-0, 2-0) led 52-7 at halftime and many of their starters spent the second half laughing it up on the sideline with their pads stored away for the day.
“When you play a team like that you kind of get to the point where they're coming on their first road game out here to come see us, and you're hoping they're not on their game, but they were on their game,” head coach David Beaty said. “Their quarterback played well. (Baylor quarterback) Seth (Russell) played really well. I thought his receivers made plays, and then their running game is pretty good, man. Their offensive line is really good. They do a good job of moving you around. They created some holes and got that offense rolling early.”
Baylor amassed 644 yards of total offense, with 281 on the ground and 363 in the air. Russell, a former Kansas commit, who signed onto former Kansas coach Turner Gill’s staff, led by Beaty, completed 18 of his 27 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in just a half a work. It was total domination and for Beaty and his Jayhawks, it was test in keeping their heads up and continuing to stay the course.
“Well, I mean, from our standpoint, we as coaches and as players, we have to be able to shut the scoreboard off, whether you're up 21 or down 21,” Beaty said “You've got to play the next play. That sounds cliché', but it's exactly how you do it. You take everything one play at a time, and then you play the next play. It's obviously not a comfortable situation, I'm sure.”
“But, it's things that we're learning right now within our team of how to handle adversity,” Beaty continued. “It is what it is. We just talked that we left that locker room about some key things in handling situations like that. Moaning, complaining, and griping is not going to do anything to get it any better. You've got to go out there, get to work and get better day by day.”
The game was a painful lesson, in what will be a season of many, but for Kansas, it’s all about where you are headed and not where you are. For Beaty, perhaps Saturday’s opponent provided a glimpse of hope and a vision of where he one day would love to see the program he’ll build.
“Baylor, I grew up in Texas, and I remember a day where they had been struggling, and now they have, for all intents and purposes, kind of led the state,” Beaty said. “It's really good for our guys. It really is. Whether we want to give them credit or not coming out of our mouths, I know those guys are looking over there going, you know what? That's where we want to get to.”