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Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Memorial Stadium Lawrence
153Bears Baylor
154Jayhawks Kansas
OP
0
50.5
CU
-17 -110
51.5o -110
ML
ML: -1000
ML: 650
Partials
2
7 7 14 17
0 7 0 0
Score
45
7

The benefits of a blowout win against an overmatched FCS opponent can be tough to measure, but Baylor coach Dave Aranda offered a positive assessment nonetheless.

"We're growing. We're learning to play together," said Aranda, whose Bears will attempt to stay unbeaten Saturday when they travel to Lawrence to face Kansas. "The buy-in and commitment, I feel, is strong and ascending, and it's exciting to be a part of."

Baylor recorded its most points and yardage since 2015 (Art Briles' last season as Baylor coach) when it totaled 714 yards last week and trounced Texas Southern 66-7.

Also for the first time since 2015, three rushers enjoyed 100-yard performances in the same game - Trestan Ebner, Abram Smith and Taye McWilliams. Ebner is the first player in Baylor history to crack the 1,000-yard mark as both a rusher and receiver.

In his second start at quarterback, Gerry Bohanon passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores after engineering a 29-20 win at Texas State in the opener.

"Everybody was literally one play at a time and making plays," Bohanon said.

Defensively, JT Woods has scored touchdowns off takeaways in each of the first two games.

A year ago, Baylor finished ahead of only Kansas with a 2-7 league mark in Aranda's first season. The Bears carry an 11-game win streak against the Jayhawks, winning those games 48-12 on average.

The Jayhawks have not won a Big 12 opener since 2009 and have lost 12 straight conference games.

Yet in North Texas transfer Jason Bean, Kansas has the makings of a playmaking quarterback executing a system still being constructed by first-year coach Lance Leipold.

"His athleticism is starting to show and he's starting to feel confident. He's making real solid decisions, he works to get better and he takes to coaching," Leipold said of Bean, who became the first Kansas quarterback since 2002 to rush for 100 yards when he ran for 102 yards in a 49-22 loss last week at then-No. 17 Coastal Carolina.

Developing better timing and consistency is a must for the Jayhawks offensively, especially among linemen after Leipold arrived too late to conduct spring practice following the ouster of Les Miles.

"You're never where you completely want to be," said Leipold, "but we've had to be patient in our installation."

--Field Level Media

Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Gerry Bohanon passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Baylor breezed to a 45-7 win over Kansas at Lawrence, Kan.

The Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1 Big 12) took momentum in at halftime with a late score in the second quarter before going three-and-out on their first possession. Bohanon connected with R.J. Sneed on the next play from scrimmage to push the Bears' lead to 21-7 at the 12:44 mark of the third quarter.

Baylor (3-0, 1-0) went on to score 31 unanswered points in the second half and posted its 12th straight win over Kansas. The teams finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the Big 12 last season.

Abram Smith rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. He has cracked the 100-yard mark in each of Baylor's first three games. Sneed had six catches for 128 yards for the Bears, who balanced their 576-yard output with 307 rushing and 269 passing.

Kansas sustained its 12th consecutive loss in a Big 12 opener, a streak that dates to Mark Mangino's last season (2009) as coach. Lance Leipold became the fifth Kansas coach involved in that skid.

Jason Bean led the Jayhawks in rushing for the third straight game, gaining 62 yards on 12 carries. He managed just 57 yards passing.

The Jayhawks forced two takeaways, but totaled 166 yards with eight first downs while suffering their 13th straight conference defeat.

Baylor settled for a 14-7 halftime lead after posting an early 9-0 advantage in first downs and a 14-0 lead with 13:42 left in the second quarter. Bohanon connected with Ben Sims for a 14-yard touchdown before Gavin Yates tacked on a 2-yard scoring rush.

At that point, the Bears had 178 total yards to negative-8 for the Jayhawks. But after two early three-and-outs, Bean rallied Kansas late in the half. He keyed a 76-yard touchdown drive with three completions, including a 5-yard score to Trevor Wilson with 58 seconds left.

The Bears' Trestan Ebner logged a 50-yard punt return, had an 86-yarder nullified by a penalty and rushed for 72 yards.

--Field Level Media

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