Coming into last night's contest, Baylor had won 10 of the last 11 games in Waco. Three of those wins were against ranked teams- TCU, Oklahoma and Texas. Last night would be their biggest home challenge in the last two years- #1 Kansas State. Kansas State came to Waco 10-0 and fielding the Heisman frontrunner in Collin Klein. They would leave Waco with their dreams of a national championship destroyed.
Baylor took the wild out of the Wildcats as they dominated KSU from start to finish en route to a 52-24 win. The Baylor defense had their second straight outstanding performance in Waco. After shutting down the Kansas Jayhawks earlier in the month during a 41-14 win, the Baylor defense turned in their best performance of the year against a team that was averaging over 42 points per game.
So many accolades could be handed out for this defense. The defensive line played inspired football all night and held Kansas State's prolific running attack to 76 yards on 31 attempts. Linebackers Bryce Hager and Eddie Lackey had multiple huge plays. Hager had a stop of Klein on 3rd and 1 early in the 2nd quarter with the score Baylor 14 KSU 7 that was a huge momentum builder for the Bears. Hager ended his stellar night with 10 tackles- including 2 for losses that totaled 11 yards. He also had a sack of Klein on a delayed blitz and two quarterback hurries.
Lackey was equally impressive- stopping Klein on 4th and goal late in the game. Lackey ended the night with 8 tackles (1 for a loss of 11 yards on a double reverse). Lackey had 4 quarterback hurries. The secondary was also outstanding- limiting big plays by Kansas State all night. Safety Sam Holl had an interception to stop a KSU drive and cornerback Joe Williams ended the night with 11 tackles and 2 interceptions.
Art Briles' offense continued to rack up big yards and lots of points. They put up 580 yards against a good KSU defense. Most of their damage came on the ground. KSU played their safeties deep to limit Baylor's big plays through the air. Baylor was able to get over the top of the KSU safeties for some big plays early in the game- a 38 yard touchdown to Tevin Reese on the first series and then a 22 yard touchdown to Terrance Williams in the 2nd quarter to build a 21-7 lead.
After that, it was mostly a ground attack. Baylor's offensive line blew open holes and protected Florence (zero sacks). Running backs Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk were more than willing to run through those holes for big gains. Martin ended the night with 113 yards on 19 carries (3 touchdowns). Seastrunk ran 19 times for 185 yards (including a see you later 80 yard touchdown where he outran about 5 KSU defenders).
It was a great win for the Baylor program. They need to get one of the last two versus Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in order to keep their bowl streak alive (three in a row).