WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor and Kansas State each may use a lift after some struggles and drastically totally different losses.
The Wildcats (4-4, 4-3 Huge 12) are simply able to get again on the sector for an opportunity to maneuver previous their 45-0 loss at Iowa State final week, their third loss in a row after beginning 4-0 in convention play.
”That was a fairly embarrassing loss. That’s simply one thing that now we have to place behind us,” senior defensive again Kiondre Thomas stated. ”We’ve confirmed that we will beat anyone, however we will lose to anyone. … We’re actually able to get again on the market. Extraordinarily prepared.”
Ok-State performs Saturday evening at Baylor (1-5, 1-5), the primary house sport for the Bears since a loss to TCU on Halloween. That was their solely sport on the banks of the Brazos River since a season-opening win Sept. 26 over Kansas.
Baylor has misplaced consecutive street video games after having two-touchdown leads within the second half. The Bears fell to Iowa State earlier than a 24-23 loss at Texas Tech on a game-ending area aim that preceded their scheduled open date final weekend. Their 5 losses are by a mixed 35 factors, three by a landing or much less and none by greater than 11 factors.
”We’ve to complete. I believe there’s a couple of video games we needed to begin quicker. And so I believe enjoying the 4 quarters is the widespread thread there,” Bears first-year coach Dave Aranda stated. ”I believe now we have step by step gotten higher with that. We’ve to completely stay that out right here.”
True freshman quarterback Will Howard has began Ok-State’s final 5 video games since senior Skylar Thompson’s season-ending shoulder harm. Howard was 3-of-9 passing for 32 yards with an interception in opposition to Iowa State, when junior Nick Ast (6 of 10 for 44 yards) additionally received some motion. Coach Chris Klieman stated Ast did some good issues and the Wildcats have been nonetheless working each of them.
”It was an ideal studying expertise for Will, particularly after he received hit actually good the one time after which had a pair irritating performs for him. I assumed it was a very good alternative for him to study from the sideline and watch,” Klieman stated.
Charlie Brewer is ready for his twenty fifth consecutive begin as Baylor’s quarterback, and thirty seventh general. The senior may additionally return subsequent yr because the NCAA has frozen eligibility, although Aranda stated that hasn’t been mentioned but with Brewer.
”I do know he loves ball,” Aranda stated. ”It’s going to be fascinating to see the place that falls.”
Sophomore quarterback Gerry Bohanon has tried just one move this season, however Aranda did not decide to any prolonged time for any QB aside from Brewer.
”We’ll give him that chance to complete out and shut out these video games that we’re both making an attempt to shut out or come again from,” Aranda stated. ”I believe the extra it is in these kinds of conditions, these nip-and-tuck video games, the extra that Charlie would begin and end it.”
Abram Smith had solely two tackles in 4 video games earlier than the transformed highschool working again took over as a beginning linebacker for Huge 12 main tackler Terrel Bernard, who suffered a season-ending shoulder harm within the Iowa State sport. Smith had 13 tackles in his first begin in opposition to Tech.
”There have been occasions when he was capturing gaps, and there have been occasions when he was stacking a three-technique and falling again, so he is displaying some variability and a few flexibility in his sport the place it wasn’t only a one-time factor on a regular basis,” Aranda stated. ”There was some calmness with him when there was tempo when he was speaking and serving to guys get lined up. So there have been some constructive issues from him.”
The Wildcats have been 4-1 after their first 5 video games, a stretch after they had a plus-eight turnover margin and outscored opponents 42-7 in factors off turnovers. Of their three-game skid, they’re minus-seven and have been outscored 28-0 off turnovers.
LONG TIME AGO
Saturday marks the 124th anniversary of the primary recorded sport in Kansas State historical past. The varsity, then generally known as Kansas State Agricultural School, misplaced 14-0 at Fort Riley in that Thanksgiving Day sport on Nov. 28, 1896.
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