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October 27, 2013
Kansas falls to Baylor
After KU's 59-14 loss to Baylor Kansas coach Charlie Weis walked in the locker room and stated what everybody was thinking.
"Guys, we just played a very good football team."
Baylor's a team that might have one of the best offenses in Big 12 history - which is saying a lot - played a team that is still deep in the rebuilding process. The result was obvious. After KU's defense forced Baylor to punt on the first two drives, the Baylor offense turned it on and starting scoring at a pretty quick rate.
By the end of the 1st quarter it was 21-0, and the first wave of fans started to exit the stadium. At times Baylor's offense was playing at such a fast tempo it was tough for KU's defense to get calls on the field.
"It's hard to simulate their tempo, and to simulate exactly what they're going to do," defensive back Cassius Sendish said. "But, I feel like we had a good game plan. Things just didn't fall in our favor. Missed tackles, that's a big thing that we need to work on. We had way too many missed tackles."
Baylor's quarterback Bryce Petty may have played his best game of the season. He ended up completing 20 of 32 passes for 430 yards with 3 passing touchdowns. For most of the game there was little pressure on Petty as he had plenty of time to track down open receivers.
"All I know is Bryce was about as good as I've ever seen him tonight," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "I mean he was really, really on. To the naked eye, people wouldn't understand, but he checked-down about three times, stuff he has never done all year. I thought our offensive line did a tremendous job of allowing him to have time to throw the ball and I thought we did a good job on both sides of the ball up-front, offensively and defensively."
For Kansas, Weis shuffled between Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart at quarterback. Overall neither quarterback had much success moving the ball down the field.
"It's not a perfect world playing both quarterbacks but they both brought different elements to the game today," Weis said." I think that it's going to be more and more the same as it was tonight as we go. Rather than worry about settling into one, we have to get them both ready to play."
So both teams head off from Saturday's game with two different goals. Kansas is trying to get its first conference win since 2010 while Baylor hopes to stay undefeated to grab their first conference championship and maybe something more.
"It is going to be tough for them to pass a SEC team and Oregon, " Keon Stowers said of Baylor's national title prospects, "but if they did make it to the National Championship and won it I wouldn't be surprised because that's a hell of a team we just played. That's probably the best offensive unit we will see all year."