First thing I want to do is admit I was wrong on a few things. I was really wrong when I said that the score wasn’t going to be as lopsided as the last time these two teams met, back in 2007. Well I was really wrong on that one with Baylor blasting Kansas with the score of 55-7, the most points Baylor has ever scored against a Big XII opponent. It has been since 1994 since Baylor has ever humiliated a conference opponent that bad by beating Houston back in the good ole SWAC days. I guess the real Baylor team wasn’t the team that got dismantled by TCU. The next point I was wrong about was that is if Kansas was going to have a chance to win they must stop Baylor’s running attack. Somewhat wrong, but somewhat right as well. Baylor had 244 yards of rushing, but it was the 434 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air that sent the Jayhawks home, beak tucked between their legs. That was the most passing yards Kansas has given up since Oklahoma put up 468 in 2008. Baylor finished with 678 yards total for the game, and a little over 600 were all gained before the fourth quarter! It’s never a good sign when your opponent feels so bad for you that they are trying to run out the clock with a quarter still left to play.
Now with that being said the key words of the game were, BIG PLAYS, BIG PLAYS, BIG PLAYS. I thought Kansas had looked like they had a solid game plan by containing Griffin, and at the time shutting down big plays on the outside. Well to Baylor’s credit they took what the Jayhawk defense would give by throwing screens or slant routes, or by getting a few yards rushing here or there. Now for the big plays. Baylor only got into the red zone four times, that’s it. They scored on 37 yard field goal, which was kicked from the 20 yard line after only having to go five yards since a Webb fumble put them in great field position. The next was a Griffin one yard touchdown run after a 34 yard reception that put them on the goal line. Oh and on that drive Baylor averaged around 13 yards per play. Another red zone score was off a 11 yard touchdown pass where a scrambling Griffin found a wide open Williams in the endzone. Another late one yard to end the game was the other score in the redzone. Other big plays were the 94 yard touchdown reception, that should have been stopped for a minimal gain. The pick the Jayhawks should have got right before half, before Baylor marched down with fairly ease to get a 50 yard field goal. Webb threw two picks, one for a 14 yard touchdown. Or how about Sims’ fumbling on the 12 yard line after Kansas put together a really good looking drive. Or least I forget the 50 yard touchdown pass wide receiver pass from Wright. As many Kansas fans are very embarrassed, as I am, as the team and staff is or should be looking like sorry high school team. I hope this bye week is used to its max potential, or another embarrassing loss to rival K-State could have Turner on a very hot seat as the University is getting a new A.D.
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Written by David Freivogel