GAMEDAY College Football

Baylor 69, Albany 10

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

WACO, Texas - Blake Shapen completed 17 of 20 passes for 214 yards with two long touchdowns and had a nifty dive into the end zone for another score on the final play of the first half as 10th-ranked Baylor opened its season with a 69-10 victory over FCS team Albany.

Gavin Holmes, the sixth-year Bears wideout who missed all of last season because of a foot injury, returned a punt 72 yards for a score. Monaray Baldwin had two touchdowns, on a 47-yard catch for Baylor's first score before adding a 50-yard reverse run after halftime.

The reigning Big 12 champion Bears have a six-game winning streak, matching fourth-ranked Clemson for the longest active among FBS teams. The Tigers open their season Monday night against Georgia Tech.

Shapen's 1-yard TD run gave Baylor a 35-7 halftime lead. Shapen swept to the right sideline and dived toward the end zone. He switched the ball from his right to left hand and was able to reach it out to hit the pylon before falling down out of bounds.

One of Shapen's two starts while Gerry Bohanon was hurt last season came in the Big 12 championship game when he completed his first 17 passes and had three TDs. Shapen won the quarterback job in spring practice over incumbent starter Bohanon, who is now starting at South Florida.

The Bears led 21-0 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter when Holmes broke away from an initial tackler after fielding the punt, then weaved through other defenders toward the sideline and into the end zone. He started four games as a freshman in 2017, but was limited to one game the next two seasons after twice tearing the ACL in the same knee. He had 33 catches while starting all nine games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Albany sophomore Reese Poffenbarger threw a 17-yard TD to Julian Hicks while completing 13 of 26 passes. Poffenbarger, a transfer from Old Dominion, had never taken a college snap before coming out of a four-quarterback competition in fall camp to start the first game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Albany: The Great Danes are 3-13 overall since making the FCS playoffs during the 2019 season. They were 2-9 last fall, after going 1-3 in a spring season when the 2020 fall season was pushed back because of the pandemic.

Baylor: Third-year coach Dave Aranda got what he wanted with a crisper start this season. This game was never in question, and the Bears scored four touchdowns in the final 17 minutes after the starters were out of the game. That included two rushing TDs by freshman Richard Reese. Long before their Big 12 title and Sugar Bowl victory last season while winning a school-record 12 games, the Bears had to grind out a 29-20 win in their opener at Texas State, a Sun Belt team that went on to a losing record.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AlbanyBaylor
Baylor TD 10:59 Monaray Baldwin 47 yard TD pass from Blake Shapen (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 0 7
Baylor TD 8:03 Craig Williams 4 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 0 14
Baylor TD 5:37 Gavin Holmes 72 yard punt return for TD (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 0 21
Albany TD 0:00 Julian Hicks 17 yard TD pass from Reese Poffenbarger (John Opalko Extra Point) 7 21
Second Quarter AlbanyBaylor
Baylor TD 11:55 Hal Presley 38 yard TD pass from Blake Shapen (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 7 28
Baylor TD 0:00 Blake Shapen 1 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 7 35
Third Quarter AlbanyBaylor
Baylor TD 11:48 Monaray Baldwin 50 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 7 42
Albany FG 6:19 John Opalko 25 yard field goal 10 42
Baylor TD 1:54 Kyron Drones 9 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 10 49
Fourth Quarter AlbanyBaylor
Baylor TD 12:33 Richard Reese 1 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 10 56
Baylor TD 9:10 Richard Reese 7 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 10 63
Baylor TD 5:46 Qualan Jones 27 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Kick Failed) 10 69
Team Stats
  Albany Baylor
First downs 10 30
  Rushing 3 12
  Passing 6 12
  Penalty 1 6
3rd Down Efficiency 5-17, 29% 6-10, 60%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 30-87 40-243
Passing Yards 148 315
Return Yards 31 171
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-30-0 22-27-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-10 2-6
Punts 9 2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-72 8-75
Albany Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Poffenbarger 13 26 148 1 0
T. Szalkowski 0 2 0 0 0
J. Carino 0 2 0 0 0
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Shapen 17 20 215 2 0
K. Drones 5 7 100 0 0
Albany Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Poffenbarger 12 45 3.8 0
T. Sibley 9 18 2.0 0
L. Alexander 4 9 2.3 0
J. Lopez-Quinones 2 8 4.0 0
J. Carino 3 7 2.3 0
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Reese 9 62 6.9 2
Q. Jones 6 59 9.8 1
M. Baldwin 2 46 23.0 1
T. McWilliams 12 45 3.8 0
C. Williams 3 13 4.3 1
K. Drones 1 9 9.0 1
J. Jenkins 3 8 2.7 0
J. Nabors 1 6 6.0 0
B. Shapen 3 -5 -1.7 1
Albany Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Greaney 3 57 19.0 0
J. Hicks 4 53 13.3 1
Q. Zinobile 1 17 17.0 0
J. Parker 2 10 5.0 0
R. Alexander 1 6 6.0 0
B. Easton 1 3 3.0 0
L. Rose Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Baldwin 4 84 21.0 1
H. Presley 3 56 18.7 1
J. Ellis 1 50 50.0 0
B. Sims 5 38 7.6 0
D. Dabney 1 29 29.0 0
S. Jones 2 25 12.5 0
T. McWilliams 4 20 5.0 0
A. Winfield 1 10 10.0 0
Q. Jones 1 3 3.0 0
Albany Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Albany Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Pastula 9 408 45.3
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Power 2 71 35.5
Albany Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Holmes 3 96 32.0
J. Nabors 3 36 12.0
Albany Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Rose Jr. 2 31 15.5
B. Easton 1 0 0
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Johnson 1 16 16.0
C. Williams 1 23 23.0
Albany Missed FG
Player Length
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length




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