After having their first two games of the season postponed, the Baylor Bears were itching to get on the field and perform, and they did just that against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday night.
But things did not get off to an ideal start for the Baylor Bears in what was also the head coaching debut for Dave Aranda. With KU turning to true freshman Jalon Daniels at quarterback, the Jayhawks had a spark to start the game. KU took the opening drive 79 yards in eight plays, capped off with RB Pooka Williams’ 21-yard touchdown run as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 7-0 leads.
But two drives later, Baylor would get on the board with a Trestan Ebner one-yard run that finished a seven-play drive that went for 55 yards. The Bears would then score on their next two drives with a field goal and then a 21-yard hook up between Charlie Brewer and Ebner to take a 17-7 lead. KU would take that lead into halftime.
But then, the fireworks picked up for BU.
Trestan Ebner took the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a touchdown and a 24-7 lead. Then on the next drive it was John Lovett finishing the nine-play, 61-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run as Baylor took a commanding 31-7 lead.
Amazingly, the ugly for KU hadn’t even taken place yet. After Baylor linebacker Terrell Bernard sacked Jalon Daniels for a safety, Trestan Ebner took the kick off 83 yards to the house for a score and a commanding 40-14 lead. The Bears would add one more garbage time touchdown for a 47-14 victory.
There was a brief scare earlier in the game as Charlie Brewer left the field after a collision, but he returned and finished 15/23 for 142 yards with one touchdown. John Lovett led the Bears on the ground with 17 carries for 78 yards and one touchdown.
In his debut for KU, Jalon Daniels finished 19 of 33 for 159 yards and Pooka Williams wrapped up the game with 14 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns, plus three receptions for 24 yards.
Baylor takes its 1-0 record on the road next week to face the West Virginia Mountaineers, who are coming off a loss to Oklahoma State. Meantime, KU falls to 0-2 and welcomes Oklahoma State to Lawrence next week.
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