Was it a perfect game; no. There was too many times where the ball hit the ground, either on incompletions early in the game or with fumbles late by the second team. The Bears didn't seem as laser focused as they did last week against Iowa State, but they were more than focused and good enough to destroy the Kansas Jayhawks 59-14. It was 38-0 at halftime, and got up to 45-0 before Kansas got onto the scoreboard. Seems odd to look at a 35 point win and feel that it wasn't a great performance, but that is where we are with this Baylor team.
The Bears offense uncharacteristically started out slow, with a very rare 3-and-out to start the game. The second drive just saw one first down and then another punt. After that rare back to back punt performance from the first team offense though, the Baylor attack found its rhythm and never looked back. They would score a touchdown on their next four drives to put the game out of reach. All eight of the Baylor touchdown drives in this game were under 2-minutes, with none being more than 92 seconds off the clock.
Defensively, Baylor completely stopped the Jayhawk attack in the first half, holding them to fewer first downs (5) than punts (7). Kansas could not run the ball or pass the ball in the first half, as they could not figure out how to get the Bears in a bad situation on defense. The only drive in the first half that covered more than 26 yards ended with another 4th down stop. In fact, the Jayhawks had 7 of their 9 drives in the opening 30 minutes of the game go for less than 10 yards and in total covered just 96 total yards. The second half found the Jayhawks moving the ball quite a bit better and finally getting on the scoreboard, but the game was already over.
Fun Stats of the Game
-The Bears 742 offensive yards is the 4th highest total of the 2013 campaign and they also averaged over 9 yards per offensive play (9.06) for the 5th time, and first time since the West Virginia game
-Bryce Petty had his first 400 yard game, setting a career high passing total of 430 yards
-Baylor averaged .56 yards gained per second of offensive possession, and scored a point every 22. 49 seconds of possession.
-Kansas averaged just 3.71 yards per play, the 4th lowest averaged allowed by the Bears in 2013
-Baylor had 7 players with a pass reception
Words of the Game
Offense – Loose
The Bears were loose both good and bad. Against Kansas State, Baylor was a little tight at times and didn't try and make the big play. They did not have that problem against the Jayhawks as they played their tempo and style much better in the second game away from Floyd Casey. That was the good loose. The bad loose came later in the game with several fumbles occurring, including two that Kansas recovered.
Seth Russell struggled mightily with ball control, as he put the ball on the turf a few times and could have thrown a few interceptions as well. There was a muffed punt from Levi Norwood, a fumble where no one touched him by Devin Chafin, and just general sloppiness. It didn't really impact this game at all, but they were a little loose with the ball, and that is something Coach Briles will be sure to address with his team.
Defense – Surging
While the overall game performance against ISU might have been better, it is tough to find a better half of football for the Baylor defense this year. They suffocated the Kansas offense, though that is pretty common these days. Their 9 first half drives included 7 punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble and just 96 yards of field position improvement. That is a tremendous defensive showing against any team in college football. The Bears defense is getting better and better. Their discipline on their assignments has improved tremendously since the Kansas State game, and the coaches appear to be game-planning to their strengths better now.
Tweets of the Game
Fifth time (!!!) this season that Baylor has gone over 700 yards of total offense.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 27, 2013
7 wins of 38-0, 56-13, 49-7, 56-14, 21-10, 37-0, 38-0 would be impressive but that's only Baylor's halftime scores.— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) October 27, 2013
Kansas has the makings of a potential bullying case against Baylor.— Ben Rogers (@BenRogers) October 27, 2013
Baylor has outgained KU in the first 11:03 of this game 257-6 in total yards, 21-0 scoreboard.— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) October 26, 2013
Play of the Game
Baylor; First and 10 at the Baylor 38. 9:17 left in First Quarter
With the Bears still looking for the first real drive of the game and their first points, they finally got something going on their third chance. After three straight runs to get a first down, the Bears went to a hurry up tempo. They lined up with two wide receiver split out extremely wide to the far side of the field, with a tight end and running back in the backfield with Bryce Petty. They were in a power formation with another tight end on the strong side. At the snap, Petty did a play fake to Glasco Martin with both of the tight ends staying in to block.
With only two receivers going out, Antwan Goodley ran a streak patter down the sideline, bringing his corner pretty much out of bounds. That left Reese against a cornerback and a safety with 90% of the field to cover. He ran a simple post pattern, cutting towards the middle of the field around 10 yards into the route. Petty threw a perfect ball that Reese caught in stride at the 37 yard line and he was off to the races against the Kansas safety.
Players of the Game
Offense – Bryce Petty (20-32, 430 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 22 yards rushing, 1 rushing touchdown)
Petty had a few passes that got away from him early on the first two drives, but after that, he was about perfect. He had 3 touchdown passes, and could have had another one if Corey Coleman hadn't dropped the ball. Bryce also did a much better job on the zone-read and took advantage of the Jayhawks collapsing on the run allowing him an easy touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Petty managed the game well, never came close to turning the ball over, and kept the Bears offense humming at a high level. This might have been his best game of the year.
Defense – Jamal Palmer (4 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack)
Another young defensive lineman that just keeps looking better and better. Palmer got a ton of playing time late in this game, but he had as big of an impact as anyone else. He had a tackle for a loss early in the third quarter to stop James Sims on a first down rush for a loss of 1 yard. A few series later, he stopped him for a two yard loss on another first down rush attempt. On the next play, he easily defeated his blocker and then went unchallenged into Jakes Heaps for a sack. Palmer was active and ready to play when given the chance.
Seven and zero. That was the goal when most Bear fans looked at the schedule when it was first released. Well, Baylor took care of business, and in dominating fashion against the Jayhawks. It wasn't a perfect game, but it was still a tremendous effort and puts the Bears in the driver's seat for a very excited stretch run. The Baylor offense did what it needed to do and the defense was dominant for at least half of the game. They spread the ball around much better this game than against Kansas State, with 7 receivers catching a pass. They involved Jay Lee and Clay Fuller early to give Reese more room. Corey Coleman and Robbie Rhodes both had huge catches, while Antwan Goodley finally didn't have a huge game, showing that he is human. This was game a blowout that the score of 59-14 does not do justice.