GAMEDAY College Football

Baylor 45, Kansas 7

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Dave Aranda spoke proudly this week about how Baylor had established an offensive identity on the ground this season.

It didn't change against Kansas on Saturday.

Gerry Bohanon threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score, and Baylor had its way against Kansas on the ground, piling up 307 yards rushing in another dominant performance in a 45-7 victory on Saturday.

Abram Smith ran for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Trestan Ebner added 72 yards on just 12 carries, as the Bears (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) piled up 576 yards of total offense in beating the Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) for the 12th consecutive time.

"Felt like our biggest competition to this point has been ourselves," Aranda said. "It's been penalties, it's been turnovers. The ability to play a clean game where we can focus all our energies on the opponent, I think when we do that we can play at a really, really high level. You were able to see some of that and feel some of that in the second half."

They played at the level defensively for most of the game. Kansas managed just 166 yards total offense.

Jayhawks quarterback Jason Bean was held to just 57 yards passing and a touchdown, though he did have 62 yards on the ground, before giving way to backup Jalon Daniels in the fourth quarter.

By that point, Baylor had turned a 14-7 halftime advantage into another rout.

"At halftime we made up our minds that we were going to change the game around," Bohanon said. "The defense said it was going to force a three-and-out, and we were going to capitalize on it and that's what we did."

The Bears rolled into Lawrence after a dominant performance against Texas Southern, when they had three 100-yard rushers, gained more than 400 yards on the ground and had five touchdowns rushing. And early on, their fleet of fast, powerful running backs were having a similarly devastating day.

Smith and Ebner gashed Kansas for big yards on their opening possession, and Bohanon capped it with a TD pass to Ben Sims. Then, the pair of Baylor running backs set up another touchdown by fullback Gavin Yates a few minutes later.

The Jayhawks? Their offense lost eight yards in the first quarter.

Yet they somehow managed to stay in the game - a fumble by Baylor's R.J. Sneed helped - and Bean led a 76-yard drive late in the first half that he finished with a short TD pass to Trevor Wilson to get within 14-7 at the break.

Must have touched a nerve in the Baylor locker room.

They forced a three-and-out to start the second half, and Bohanon immediately found Sneed for a 69-yard score to deflate the few Kansas fans that stuck around through halftime on a sunny, unseasonably hot afternoon.

"Here we are in a one-possession game in the third quarter for the second consecutive week," Kansas coach Lance Leipold said, reflecting on a loss to Coastal Carolina last Friday, "and it kind of gets away from us. There's something there.

"We have to find a way to overcome that and do the things well we're not doing in the third and fourth quarter."

Perhaps the Jayhawks can take a cue from Baylor.

After forcing a turnover on downs, they went right back down field, riding Smith and Ebner into the red zone. This time, Bohanon capped things off by taking a keeper for a touchdown that effectively put the game away.

"It just seemed like a lot of contact is taking place five, seven yards down field," Leipold said. "Missed tackles, leverage issues, not playing aggressively - I think we're so tentative when we blitz and do things, you know? I don't know if it's a confidence issue, an experience issue, a strength issue or where we're at. That needs to continue to be evaluated."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BaylorKansas
Baylor TD 10:29 Ben Sims 14 yd pass from Gerry Bohanon (Isaiah Hankins kick) 7 0
Second Quarter BaylorKansas
Baylor TD 13:42 Gavin Yates 2 yd run (Isaiah Hankins kick) 14 0
Kansas TD 0:58 Trevor Wilson 5 yd pass from Jason Bean (Jacob Borcila kick) 14 7
Third Quarter BaylorKansas
Baylor TD 12:44 R.J. Sneed 69 yd pass from Gerry Bohanon (Isaiah Hankins kick) 21 7
Baylor TD 9:06 Abram Smith 4 yd run (Isaiah Hankins kick) 28 7
Fourth Quarter BaylorKansas
Baylor TD 13:38 Gerry Bohanon 9 yd run (Isaiah Hankins kick) 35 7
Baylor TD 7:08 Taye McWilliams 20 yd run (Isaiah Hankins kick) 42 7
Baylor FG 3:34 Isaiah Hankins 48 yd FG 45 7
Team Stats
  Baylor Kansas
First downs 29 8
  Rushing 17 5
  Passing 12 2
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-11, 55% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-307 33-109
Passing Yards 269 57
Return Yards 62 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-24-0 8-18-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 2 8
Punts-Average 40 47
Fumbles Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-45 2-20
Time of Possession 33:22 26:38
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Bohanon 19 23 269 2 0
J. Zeno 0 1 0 0 0
Kansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Bean 8 17 57 1 0
J. Daniels 0 1 0 0 0
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 16 122 7.6 1
T. Ebner 12 72 6.0 0
T. McWilliams 6 54 9.0 1
G. Bohanon 5 33 6.6 1
M. Baldwin 2 16 8.0 0
J. Zeno 1 5 5.0 0
C. Williams 1 3 3.0 0
G. Yates 1 2 2.0 1
R. Sneed 1 0 0.0 0
Kansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Bean 12 62 5.2 0
D. Neal 10 33 3.3 0
T. Wilson 1 14 14.0 0
A. Pesek-Hickson 4 12 3.0 0
M. Kendrick 1 7 7.0 0
V. Gardner 2 4 2.0 0
T. Locklin 2 0 0.0 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Sneed 6 128 21.3 1
B. Sims 4 34 8.5 1
J. Fleeks 3 33 11.0 0
T. Thornton 3 31 10.3 0
D. Estrada 1 20 20.0 0
G. Yates 1 18 18.0 0
D. Dabney 1 5 5.0 0
Kansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Grimm 2 25 12.5 0
K. Lassiter II 2 14 7.0 0
M. Fairchild 3 13 4.3 0
T. Wilson 1 5 5.0 1
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Power 2 80 40.0
Kansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Vernon 8 376 47.0
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Ebner 3 62 20.7
Kansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length
Kansas Missed FG
Player Length




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