For the first time in nearly a decade, Kansas football fans were backing the program and paying attention to the team. Coming off their first winning streak since 2009, the Kansas Jayhawks were prepared to seize an opportunity in Waco, Texas and start Big 12 play off with a bang. However, the Baylor Bears had another idea.
Backed behind Charlie Brewer’s three touchdown passes, the Bears would take down Kansas 26-7 to move to 3-1 on the season. The Jayhawks fell to 2-2 and lost all the momentum they had stockpiled this season.
Kansas came into the game knowing they could run the ball while the defense knew how to take the ball away from the other team. The exact opposite would take place as the Baylor defense shut down the rush attack of Kansas and Brewer picked apart the defense of the Jayhawks.
Anthony “Pooka” Williams, the freshman running back for Kansas would go on to finish the game with 14 rushes for 89 yards but ripped off a 72-yard run in the third quarter. Starting quarterback Peyton Bender continued to fail at moving the ball with consistency and finished the game throwing 10 of 17 for 105 yards and a touchdown.
In the first half of the game, it was Baylor who absolutely dominated. Every time Kansas would run the ball the Bears defense would quickly put an end to it. Bender struggled throwing the ball as well, as he was pressured multiple times throughout the game, somewhere he’s struggled before.
Baylor’s offense was able to move the ball down the field almost at-will, scoring 23 in the first half. On the other side, their defense was able to shut out Kansas, giving the team a 23-0 edge at the break. The Jayhawks showed some form of light when Williams ripped off his 72-yard run midway through the third quarter. Kansas would go on to score on that very same drive, but Baylor quickly came back with a field goal of their own.
The Jayhawks had other opportunities to score, but kicker Gabriel Rui missed a field goal and, in another instance, Kansas was in the red zone but went for it on fourth down and failed to convert.
Overall, the Jayhawks looked like their old selves, failing to move the ball down the field while the defense was picked apart. Kansas has become accustomed to its ball hawking ways this season but were unable to generate a single turnover throughout the course of the game.
Moving forward, the Jayhawks will return home to take on Oklahoma State next Saturday in David Booth Memorial Stadium and, after losing all their momentum, things are not looking up in Lawrence, Kansas.
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