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  11/27/21 - Abram SmithrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 221 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Blake Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for ninth-ranked Baylor, and the Bears held on for a 27-24 win over Texas Tech on Saturday that kept alive their hopes of making the Big 12 championship game for the second time in three seasons. Abram Smith ran for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (10-2, 7-2 Big 12, CFP No. 8), who had to wait for the outcome of Saturday night’s game between No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Oklahoma. The Cowboys were already locked into their first Big 12 title game, and a win over the Sooners in Bedlam would put Baylor in next Saturday’s game with them.

Shapen hit Trestan Ebner in stride down near the 25 for a 61-yard catch-and-run score on the game’s opening drive that put Baylor ahead to stay. Shapen had a decisive 9-yard TD pass to tight end Ben Sims with 7 minutes left to immediately respond to a Tech score. The Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6) still had one more chance after stopping Baylor on fourth down on its 12 with 1:18 and no timeouts left. They got in position for a 53-yard field goal attempt by Jonathan Garibay, who had plenty of leg but pushed the kick wide left on the final play. Garibay had a game-ending 62-yarder to beat Iowa State two week earlier. Donovan Smith threw for 243 yards and had two TD passes for the Red Raiders, who a week earlier had only 108 total yards in a 23-0 loss to Oklahoma State in their home finale. That was the first time Tech was shut out in a 303-game span since 1997. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  11/21/21 - Blake ShapenrFr/2025, Baylor, 6-0, 192 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Baylor had played poorly on the road all season, and was locked in another tight tussle with red-hot Kansas State, when quarterback Gerry Bohanon grabbed his right hamstring heading out of bounds in the first half Saturday night. Nothing to worry about. Just call on a redshirt freshman who'd thrown three career passes. Blake Shapen completed 16 of 21 passes for 137 yards to steady the Bears on offense, and their defense smothered Kansas State, helping secure a 20-10 victory that kept their Big 12 title hopes alive. "Every situation Blake's been put in going back to the spring, fall, throughout our practices when he rotates through - he's risen to every occasion," Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. "There's some gunslinger in him. I think you saw that." Shapen got some help from Trestan Ebner, who ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, and Tyquan Thornton, who had five catches for 75 yards, as the Bears (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) won their fourth straight over Kansas State. "We knew this was going to be a really tough test coming into Manhattan, a big crowd, on the road, and obviously we've had some trouble in the past on the road," Baylor wide receiver Drew Estrada said. "All week we knew it would be a battle." That said, the Bears got plenty of gifts. The Wildcats (7-4, 4-4) muffed a punt that led to the game's first points, and Chris Tennant missed a 39-yard field goal that would have made it a one-possession game with 10 minutes to go. - Baylor/AP College Football

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  11/15/21 - Terrel BernardrSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 222 (DS#8 OLB) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Terrel Bernard, BU, LB, Sr.,...Bernard led Baylor with nine tackles, including a pair of sacks in its 27-14 win over No. 8 Oklahoma, the Bears' first over the Sooners since 2014. He spearheaded a dominant defensive performance holding OU to just 14 points, 26 below their season average and their fewest points since December of 2014. With his two sacks, Bernard became the sixth player in program history with 14+ career sacks. - Big 12 Football

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  11/13/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Gerry Bohanon had a hard time finding the words to describe just how he felt after 18th-ranked Baylor ran over Oklahoma, ending the fourth-ranked Sooners' nation's-best 17-game winning streak. The hard-nosed quarterback does know what it means going forward for the resurgent Bears. "I know we'll keep going," Bohanon said. "I know that was just motivation for what we can do, and we can be as a team." Bohanon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores in the fourth quarter and Baylor's defense harassed both Oklahoma quarterbacks in a 27-14 win Saturday that kept the Bears in contention for a spot in the Big 12 championship game, a week after an unexpected loss at struggling TCU. "It's controlled confidence. You know, we put in the work and we expected results," said linebacker Terrel Bernard, who had nine tackles and two sacks for Baylor (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, CFP No. 13). "We didn't play up to our standard last week. And, we corrected some things on tape. We put in a great game plan and came out here and executed." The Sooners (9-1, 6-1, CFP No. 8) were held to 260 total yards, their fewest ever with coach Lincoln Riley in his five seasons as head coach and two seasons as offensive coordinator before that.

It was their fewest points in a regular-season game since a 48-14 home loss to Baylor in 2014, which came weeks before they ended that season with a 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Oklahoma lost in November under Riley for the first time. "Disappointing, no other way to put it," Riley said. "Still a whole lot left for this football team. That's the advantage of winning your first nine games, is you do set yourself up to be able to overcome something like this...We'll bounce back like we always do and like we fully expect to." - Baylor/AP College Football


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  10/30/21 - Abram SmithrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 221 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Baylor tight end Ben Sims had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter before Abram Smith spun away for a 32-yard scamper to the end zone in a 31-24 win Saturday, when the 16th-ranked Bears became the third team in a row to overcome a double-digit deficit to beat Texas. The handoff to the sweeping Sims for a score with 12:48 left put the Bears (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) back ahead for the first time since the first quarter. Texas then had a failed fake punt attempt, setting up Smith's nifty run three plays later when he took a quick pitch left, reversed field after spinning away from a defender and ran all the way to the end zone.

Texas (4-4, 2-3) was coming off its open date, which followed consecutive losses to No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 15 Oklahoma State in which the Longhorns led by at least two touchdowns before halftime both times. Big 12 rushing leader Bijan Robinson was limited to 43 yards on 17 carries, well below his 132 yards a game average with a 2.5 yard-per-carry that was the lowest in his career. But he did put the Longhorns up 21-10 with his 1-yard TD run on fourth down early in the second half when he followed a pair of blocking nose tackles with a combined weight of 643 yards into the end zone. Smith finished with 113 yards on 20 carries. Gerry Bohanon threw for 222 yards with two interceptions, after only one pick the first six games, and had a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  10/17/21 - Dillon DoylerJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 235 (DS#14 ILB) + More +

  Abram Smith and Dillon Doyle were quite a 1-2 running punch for Baylor, providing future Big 12 foe and 19th-ranked BYU a glimpse at what the Cougars could face in their new conference. Smith ran for 188 yards with three touchdowns, while linebacker and part-time fullback Doyle scored on both of his offensive touches in a 38-24 win Saturday. "Obviously not our best game," BYU coach Kilani Sitake said. "We just were out-physicaled today, so that was a difficult game to accept...Really got a good gut-check." Baylor (6-1) led by only three points midway through the third quarter before Doyle caught a 2-yard TD pass from Gerry Bohanon.

Smith ran for a 7-yard score about 3 1/2 minutes later to make it 31-14, after TJ Franklin's sack that forced a fumble by Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall. "This was a standard game...I think is a big thing for us, having it come from the inside, intrinsically being able to push yourself," second-year Bears coach Dave Aranda said. "That's a big step in the right direction." BYU (5-2) last month accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference starting in the 2023 season. The Cougars have lost back-to-back games for the first time since the end of 2019, after a 5-0 start that included three wins over Pac-12 teams and peaking at No. 10 in the AP Top 25. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  10/09/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Gerry Bohanon had career highs of 336 yards passing and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Tyquan Thornton on the second play of the game, while also scoring on a 1-yard sneak in Baylor's 45-20 victory over West Virginia on Saturday. Thornton caught eight passes for a career-best 187 yards and two TDs as the Bears scored on four of their first five possessions a week after starting with eight consecutive punts in a 24-14 loss to Oklahoma State that knocked Baylor out of the Top 25 right after getting in. With the Bears (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) celebrating the 10th anniversary of Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy season by showing frequent highlights, Bohanon was 18 of 29 with no interceptions, giving the fourth-year junior 183 career attempts without a pick.

Jarret Doege was sacked six times, and the Mountaineers (2-4, 0-3) again couldn't get the Big 12's worst run game going. West Virginia, which had 90 mostly empty yards rushing, has lost its first three conference games for the second time since joining the league in 2012. Thornton caught Bohanon's first pass 7 yards from the line of scrimmage, split the defense and ran untouched on a play that was 3 yards shy of the longest of the senior's career. The Mountaineers needed just 1:38 to get even when Sean Ryan caught a 12-yard pass from Doege that was tipped by Baylor safety Christian Morgan. Doege was 24 of 37 for 272 yards with a touchdown and was replaced with the game out of reach by Garrett Greene, who had a 13-yard scoring run late. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  09/27/21 - Trestan EbnerrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 215 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  SEPT 27 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trestan Ebner, Baylor, RB, Sr.,...Ebner contributed to Baylor's win over ISU with 168 return yards. His day was highlighted by a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter that helped BU wrestle momentum back from the Cyclones in a back-and-forth contest. In total, Ebner racked up 121 yards on three kickoff returns and 47 more return yards on a pair of punt returns, including a 41-yarder late in the fourth quarter. It set up a 34-yard field goal that proved to be the difference in the 31-29 win. - Big 12 Football

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  09/27/21 - Garmon RandolphrSo/2024, Baylor, 6-6, 265 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  SEPT 27 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Garmon Randolph, Baylor, LB, So.,...Randolph collected his first career interception to go along with six tackles, including one for loss in Baylor's 31-29 win over No. 14 Iowa State. With the Cyclones trailing by just five and driving in the fourth quarter, Randolph secured the interception at the BU 18-yard line to flip the field and thwart ISU's attempt at a go-ahead touchdown. Randolph was an integral part of Baylor's first win over a ranked opponent since 2015. - Big 12 Football

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  09/25/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said his defense was just a little bit off with its detail early in Saturday's game against Baylor. The Bears took full advantage with a fast start, then held on as their special teams and defense handled the rest. Gerry Bohanon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Baylor stopped a two-point try with 24 seconds left to beat No. 14 Iowa State 31-29 on Saturday. Breece Hall ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries for Iowa State (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) and caught five passes for 51 yards, including a 16-yard score in the final minute that was followed by a failed two-point try.

On the two-point conversion, Brock Purdy went under center after spending most of the day in shotgun and bobbled the snap. That was enough to throw off the play's timing, and Purdy was forced to throw a jump ball that was intercepted by Baylor's JT Woods. "It was supposed to be a play-action, and we felt like it would work knowing that I demand so much attention," Hall said. "It was a bobbled snap, so Brock got out there late. He couldn't get around the edge defender, so he had to throw it up and hope for the best. It just didn't work out." The Bears recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for their first win over a ranked opponent since they beat North Carolina in the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl. "It was a team win," Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. "The guys (were) gritting out stuff and not allowing stuff to happen. It's way cool to be on that side of it." - Baylor/AP College Football


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  09/18/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Gerry Bohanon threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score, and Baylor had its way against Kansas on the ground, piling up 307 yards rushing in a 45-7 victory on Saturday. Abram Smith ran for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Trestan Ebner added 72 yards on just 12 carries, as the Bears (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) beat the Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) for the 12th consecutive time. Baylor hasn't lost to Kansas since the 2007 season. Baylor finished with 576 yards total offense. Kansas managed just 166. Jayhawks quarterback Jason Bean was held to just 57 yards passing and a touchdown, though he did have 62 yards on the ground, before giving way to backup Jalon Daniels in the fourth quarter. By that point, Baylor had turned a 14-7 halftime advantage into another rout. - Baylor/AP College Football

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  09/13/21 - JT WoodsSr/2022, Baylor, 6-1, 193 (DS#18 FS) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JT Woods, Baylor, S, Sr.,...Woods had three tackles and a 97-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Baylor's 66-7 win over Texas Southern. The senior safety's return was the longest fumble return in school history, and it was his second defensive touchdown in as many weeks. Woods helped this Baylor team become the first Bears squad since 2013 with defensive touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. - Big 12 Football

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  09/12/21 - Trestan EbnerrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 215 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Abram Smith and Tristan Ebner both rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half, and Baylor scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions in a 66-7 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday night. Gerry Bohanon was 16-for-21 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores for the Bears (2-0). Baylor outgained Texas Southern 458-52 in the first half and 714-283 overall in matching its win total from last season, when the Bears were 2-7. "I was impressed with the week that went into this," Baylor coach Dave Aranda said after his first nonconference home game with the Bears, who didn't play outside the Big 12 because of the pandemic in his 2020 debut. "I think some of that had to do with just the second week, knowing what's expected. The main piece was, "We're here, we can go there, we can do this. Look what we can become." Smith ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and Ebner added 125 yards on 10 attempts, the second straight week both eclipsed the century mark. Taye McWilliams came on late and had 102 yards and a touchdown on six carries, giving the Bears three 100-yard rushers for the first time since Sept. 12, 2015, against Lamar.

The Bears' 419 yards rushing were the most they've had in a game since they put up 469 on Oct. 1, 2016, against Iowa State. Tyquan Thornton led Baylor with five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Ebner added 70 yards and a score on four catches. "Coach challenged me, Tyquan and some of the other receivers on the deep ball this game," Bohanon said. "We didn't connect well on it in the last game, so it was a big emphasis for us this week. We got the job done." - Baylor/AP College Football


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  09/05/21 - Abram SmithrSr/2022, Baylor, 5-11, 221 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Baylor had three interceptions, Abram Smith rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears defeated the Texas State Bobcats 29-20 on Saturday. Baylor played its first regular season game outside the Big 12 in 715 days after its 2020 non-conference games were canceled due to COVID-19-related issues. "For them to have something to feel good about, it's been a while," Bears coach Dave Aranda said. Baylor finished 2-7 last season, losing five straight after winning its season opener against Kansas on Sept. 26, 2020.

The Bears are unbeaten in eight games against the Bobcats dating back to 1909, but it was a stiffer test after having outscored Texas State 279-73 in their previous meetings. Trestan Ebner added 120 yards rushing on 20 carries, giving the Bears their first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since 2018. "(What) I am proud of is I thought our identity on offense, you got a feel for what we are trying to accomplish," Aranda said. The grit of the running game was matched by the team's intensity defensively. "That was one of the better defenses I've seen in a long time," Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said. Baylor returns 10 starters on defense and that unit responded by holding Texas State to 235 yards, including 79 yards rushing. The Bears' defense scored nine points, including a safety to end the game. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  09/02/21 - Gerry BohanonrJr/2023, Baylor, 6-2, 221 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Gerry Bohanon has been hitting up his teammates in recent days for extra tickets to Baylor's season opener against Texas State. After sitting behind Charlie Brewer for three seasons, Saturday night's game in San Marcos will be Bohanon's first as the Bears' starting quarterback. It's a big moment for Bohanon, and he wants as many family members and friends as possible to be there to share it. "My family's pretty excited about it, so I'm pretty much trying to get a couple of tickets to get some more family members to the game," Bohanon said. "Get to see some good action this weekend that everybody's been waiting for." In an era when dissatisfied players routinely enter the transfer portal, Bohanon is an example of how old-school patience can still pay off. Coming out of tiny Earle, Ark., Bohanon put up phenomenal high school numbers as he passed for 11,362 yards and 142 touchdowns and rushed for 5,925 yards and 70 scores in four years and twice earned all-state honors. - Waco Tribune Herald

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