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Name: Bailey Zappe (Transfer from Houston Baptist)
College: Western Kentucky     Number: 4
Height: 6-1   Weight: 217
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2022

40 Low: 4.82
   40 Time: 4.88
  40 High: 4.93

> Projected Round: 6  Stock:   Projected High: 4-5th  Low: HPFA

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6004
Weight: 217

Zybek PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 4.88
40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.83
20 Yard (ET): 2.74
20 Yard (HH): 2.72
10 Yard (ET): 1.60
10 Yard (HH): 1.56
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09'01"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.40
3-Cone Drill: 7.19
Projected 4.92/-.04

Dates: 03/31/22
Hand: 09 3/4  Arm: 31 3/8
Wingspan: 74 3/4

Height: 6004
Weight: 217
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 Data Scout Notes: **2021: MVPC/1stC...2020: NAC...Transfer from Houston Baptist...2019: WalterPaytonAwardWatchlistAdd



 Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky, Player News


  Bailey Zappe capped his record-setting season in style, and Western Kentucky capped a difficult week with a bowl win. Zappe broke a pair of single-season FBS records by passing for 422 yards and six touchdowns, and Western Kentucky handed Appalachian State its first-ever bowl loss by beating the Mountaineers 59-38 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday. Zappe finished the season with 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers (9-5).

He topped the previous FBS marks of 5,833 yards set by Texas Tech's B.J. Symons in 2003 and 60 touchdowns set by LSU's Joe Burrow in the Tigers' run to the national championship in the 2019 season. "In my opinion Bailey Zappe is the best quarterback in college football, and now he gets to say he is one of the best," Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. "He'll go down in history as being one of the best, and holds two records. It's just special to be a part of that." Jerreth Sterns caught 13 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns for Western Kentucky, finishing his season with 150 catches for 1,902 yards. Mitchell Tinsley had two TD catches for the Hilltoppers and Noah Whittington needed only seven carries to rush for 150 yards, 86 of those on a third-quarter scoring run. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football


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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB: Bailey Zappe, Gr., WKU,...For the year, Zappe is 442-of 639 passing (69.2%) for 5,545 yards, with 56 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The all-time single-season FBS yardage record is 5,833 by Texas Tech's B.J. Symons during his 14-game 2003 season, while the single-season FBS touchdown record is 60 by LSU's Joe Burrow during his 15-game 2019 campaign. A performance by Zappe of 289 passing yards and five touchdowns in the Hilltoppers' bowl game would eclipse both marks. - Western Kentucky Football

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  2021 CONFERENCE USA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (COACHES): WKU QB Bailey Zappe was selected as the C-USA Most Valuable Player Award after his stellar season in Bowling Green. Zappe, a Manning Award finalist and Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist, has had a record-smashing season for the East Division champion Hilltoppers, breaking the Conference USA and program record for touchdown passes (56) in a single-season, and is within range of potentially breaking the single-season FBS records for touchdown passes (60) and passing yardage (5,833).

Zappe helped lead WKU to seven-straight wins during the season en route to the 2021 Ryan Conference USA Championship Game, where he threw for 577 yards and four touchdowns. His 577 yards passing were the most in a single game by any quarterback in the country this season, and set a new C-USA Championship Game record. He has completed 442-639 (69.2%) passes for 5,545 yards, 56 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Zappe leads the FBS in passing yards per game (426.5), passing touchdowns (56) and touchdowns responsible for (59). Zappe is just the sixth player in FBS history to achieve a 5,000-yard, 50-touchdown campaign. - Conference USA Football


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  Bailey Zappe threw four touchdown passes - all in the second half - and Western Kentucky spotted Marshall 14 points before pulling away for a 53-21 victory on Saturday, laying claim to Conference USA's East Division crown. In a game between the top two teams in the East, the Hilltoppers (8-4, 7-1) ran off 36 unanswered points to earn the right to face 15th-ranked UTSA in the conference championship game on Dec. 3 in San Antonio. Western Kentucky managed just two field goals by Brayden Narveson and trailed 14-6 at halftime. Zappe came out firing in the third quarter. He hooked up with Daewood Davis for a 47-yard TD just 1:19 into the third quarter.

Zappe followed that with a 14-yard TD toss to Malachi Corley before firing a 50-yard scoring strike to Davis midway through the quarter. Narveson added a 53-yard field goal and WKU led 29-14 heading to the fourth. Zappe's final TD toss was an 8-yarder to Dalvin Smith 52 seconds in. Davion Williams capped the scoring for the Hilltoppers with a 45-yard pick-6 in the final minute. Zappe completed 25 of 48 passes for 328 yards with no interceptions for WKU. Luke Zban was 16-of-25 passing for 123 yards and a TD for the Thundering Herd (7-5, 5-3). Rasheen Ali carried 24 times for 97 yards. Marshall quarterback Grant Wells completed his first 10 passes but left the game after getting sacked and fumbling the ball away in the second quarter. He walked to the locker room with an undisclosed injury and did not return. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football


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  Bailey Zappe passed for 470 yards and six touchdowns as Western Kentucky rolled to a 52-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. The Hilltoppers (7-4, 6-1 Conference USA) lead the East Division and travel to play second-place Marshall in the regular-season finale next Saturday. Zappe had a 1-yard TD toss to Jerreth Sterns to open the scoring and connected with Mitchell Tinsley for an 8-yarder as WKU grabbed a 14-3 lead. Zappe hit Joey Beljan for a 3-yard TD before Teja Young picked him off and returned it 62 yards for a score — pulling the Owls (5-6, 3-4) within 21-10. Zappe answered with a 3-yard TD toss to freshman Malachi Corley and Brayden Narveson followed with a 26-yard field goal to give the Hilltoppers a 31-10 lead at the half. Zappe completed 39 of 49 passes with two picks. Tinsley finished with nine catches for 164 yards, while Sterns caught 12 for 143. N'Kosi Perry passed for 213 yards with a TD toss to John Mitchell for FAU. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

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  NOV 15 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU QB Bailey Zappe completed 34-42 passes for 482 yards and five touchdowns (compared to only one interception) in his return to Texas on Saturday, as WKU defeated Rice 42-21. Zappe's 482 passing yards were the most of any FBS quarterback last week, and the most by a C-USA quarterback since Zappe himself threw for 523 vs. UTSA on October 9. Zappe had seven completions of 20+ yards and 20 completions of 10+ yards in the win. Zappe was 20-27 for 330 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone, as the Hilltoppers carried a 28-0 lead into the break. Zappe's day was done at the 8:43 mark of the fourth quarter after throwing his fifth touchdown of the contest; and the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Player of the Year semifinalist rested the final two series of the afternoon. - Conference USA Football

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  Bailey Zappe threw five touchdown passes, including three during a four-minute span in the second quarter, and Western Kentucky beat Rice, 42-21, on Saturday. With two games left in Hilltoppers reguar season and leading Conference USA, Zappe leads the nation with 42 touchdown passes. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in every game this season and has thrown five or more scores in a game four times.

Kye Robichaux capped a seven-play, 97-yard first-quarter drive with a 2-yard run for the score and the game's first touchdown and Zappe threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter, including a 65-yard strike to Mitchell Tinsley. Zappe completed 34 of 42 passes for 482 yards and was picked off once for WKU (6-4, 5-1). Tinsley finished with 10 catches for 198 yards and Jerreth Sterns caught seven for 92. Jake Constantine was 28 of 50 for 380 yards for Rice (3-7, 2-4), but was picked off four times. August Pitre III had nine catches for 133 yards. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football


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  Bailey Zappe threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth as Western Kentucky won its fourth straight game, knocking off Middle Tennessee 48-21 on Saturday. Zappe, who entered leading the Football Bowl Subdivision by averaging 425.9 yards per game, completed 29 of 50 attempts for 281 yards. He has thrown 37 touchdown passes to put Western Kentucky (5-4 4-1) atop the East Division of Conference USA.

Nick Vattiato threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to DJ England-Chisolm on Middle Tennessee's opening drive to put the Blue Raiders (4-5, 2-5) up 7-0, but Zappe answered with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Daewood Davis and a 5-yard strike to Malachi Corley. Beanie Bishop picked off a Vattiato pass and returned it 43 yards for a score to make it 21-7 after one quarter. After Vattiato fired a 36-yard scoring pass to Yusuf Ali in the second quarter, Brayden Narveson kicked a 35-yard field goal and Zappe hit Mitchell Tinsley from 10-yards out to make it 31-14 at intermission. Vattiato was 24 of 41 for 205 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off five times. Zappe has thrown 16 touchdown passes during the Hilltoppers' four-game win streak. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football


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  NOV 1 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU QB Bailey Zappe completed 33-of-45 passes (73.3%) for 393 yards, with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in WKU's 45-13 win over Charlotte on Saturday. As the Hilltoppers led 35-13 at the end of the third quarter, Zappe was already 30-40 (75%) for 361 yards, with all five of his total touchdowns. Zappe did throw two interceptions for the first time this season – one of which was a dropped ball by a receiver that popped into the air and was grabbed by the defense. Overall, Zappe is 279-391 (71.4%) for 3,407 yards (FBS-best 425.9 yards per game) with 33 touchdowns (leads FBS), compared to only six interceptions (one every 65.2 attempts). Zappe has thrown for at least 365+ yards and three or more touchdowns in all eight games so far this season. This marks Zappe's third Offensive Player of the Week honor this season. - Conference USA Football

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  Bailey Zappe threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns - giving him 33 on the season - as Western Kentucky battered Charlotte 45-13 on Saturday. The Hilltoppers (4-4, 3-1 Conference USA) remain tied with Marshall for the lead in the conference's East Division, while Charlotte (4-4, 2-2) suffered a second straight lopsided loss. Zappe, who came into the game leading the nation in touchdown passes, got right to work, lofting a corner fade to Oregon transfer Dawood Davis for an 11-yard score seven plays after getting the ball. He added a 13-yard TD pass to Mitchell Tinsley, a 21-yarder to Jerreth Sterns and a 9-yarder to Dalvin Smith while completing 33 of 46 passes. Zappe also ran for a touchdown on a 2-yard keeper. He was intercepted twice in the first half. James Foster, starting in place of the injured Chris Reynolds, completed 13 of 25 passes for 118 yards with an interception for Charlotte. He also ran for 34 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Cruz added field goals from 37 and 56 yards, the latter tied his career-long. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

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  Bailey Zappe passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns and Western Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Florida International 34-19 in Conference USA play on Saturday. Western Kentucky (3-4, 2-1) scored on its last three possessions of the first half to take a 17-12 lead into intermission. Adam Cofield erased a 6-0 deficit with a 3-yard TD run. FIU regained the lead on Max Bortenschlager's 75-yard first-down scoring strike to Randall St. Felix, but Brayden Narveson kicked a 22-yard field goal and Zappe connected with Mitchell Tinsley for a 32-yard TD with 17 seconds left and the Hilltoppers never trailed again. Zappe hooked up with Jerreth Stearns for a 20-yard TD on WKU's first possession of the third quarter and he hit Stearns for a 2-yard TD on the Hilltoppers' first possession of the final quarter for a 31-12 lead. Zappe completed 39 of 49 passes. Stearns finished with 14 receptions for 116 yards. Bortenschlager completed 15 of 32 passes for 186 yards for the Panthers (1-6, 0-3). St. Felix had five catches for 194 yards, while D'Vonte Price rushed for 86 yards on 14 carries. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

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  Bailey Zappe threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first half as Western Kentucky jumped out early and beat Old Dominion 43-20 on Saturday. Zappe, who entered as the nation's active leader with 12,239 career yards passing, was 37-of-54 passing for 397 yards. Jerreth Sterns had 13 receptions for 221 yards that included a 74-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter as the Hilltoppers built a 30-3 halftime lead. Dakota Thomas had a pair of touchdown catches for Western Kentucky (2-4, 1-1 Conference USA). Malachi Corley and Daewood Davis each made a scoring catch. Blake Watson and Elijah Davis had a fourth-quarter touchdown run apiece for Old Dominion (1-6, 0-3). Watson carried the ball 22 yards for 104 yards. Davis had 10 carries for 53 yards. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

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  OCT 4 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Bailey Zappe completed 46-64 (71.2%) passes for 488 yards, with three touchdowns and zero interceptions at No. 17 Michigan State. It was the third-most passing yards against a Spartans' defense since 2000 (via Sports-Reference.com). Zappe's 488 yards were the fifth-most in WKU history and the most by a C-USA quarterback since ODU's Blake LaRussa had 495 vs. Virginia Tech in 2018. Zappe's 46 completions tied the WKU all-time record set by Brandon Doughty vs. Bowling Green in 2014 and were the most by a C-USA quarterback since that same performance. For the season, Zappe is now 133-183 (72.7%) for 1,712 yards, with 16 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions on the year. Zappe's 428.0-yard average leads all FBS quarterbacks and he has three of the four 400-yard passing performances among all C-USA quarterbacks in 2021. - Conference USA Football

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  SEPT 13 CONFERENCE USA CO-OFFENSIVE OF THE WEEK: A week after throwing for 424 yards against an FCS opponent, Zappe one-upped himself against one of the FBS' best defenses from a year ago. At Army on Saturday, Zappe completed 28-40 passes (70%) for 435 and three touchdowns, compared to one interception, while adding a touchdown on the ground as well. Zappe's 435 yards were the most allowed by an Army defense to a single quarterback since at least 2000 (per Sports-Reference.com). Through two full weeks of the college football season, Zappe has two of the five 400-yard passing games by all FBS quarterbacks. Zappe leads the FBS with 429.5 passing yards per game, 40.5 yards ahead of the second-best mark of 389.0 by Ohio State's C.J. Stroud. - Conference USA Football

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  The move from the FCS to FBS has been no problem for Western Kentucky's Bailey Zappe. The Houston Baptist transfer leads the nation with 429.5 yards passing per game with 10 touchdowns against two interceptions. His 458-yard average in 2020 led all of college football. Zappe has plenty of company from Houston Baptist. Zach Kittley moved with him to be his quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, and receivers Jerreth and Josh Sterns and Ben Ratzlaff also came along. Jerreth Sterns averages a team-leading eight catches for 139 yards and four touchdowns. - AP College Football

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  Bailey Zappe passed for 424 yards and seven touchdowns as Western Kentucky walloped UT Martin in the season opener 59-21 on Thursday night. College football's leading passer in 2020 while playing at Houston Baptist, Zappe opened his Western Kentucky career by hitting Daewood Davis on a 73-yard score to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter, then added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to give the Hilltoppers a 28-14 halftime lead. Zappe is the first WKU passer to throw for seven touchdowns in a home game. Zappe was picked off on his second pass attempt of the game and finished 28 of 35. Jerreth Sterens and Joshua Simon each pulled in two scoring passes. Sterens caught seven passes for 107 yards. Keon Howard was 20 of 43 for 195 yards passing and a touchdown and carried 12 times for 44 yards for the Skyhawks. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

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  There will be no competition for the starting quarterback position at Western Kentucky entering fall camp. WKU head coach Tyson Helton announced Tuesday at the team's media day at Houchens-Smith Stadium that Bailey Zappe would be the team's starting quarterback. "I think we're in a position right now where Bailey Zappe is going to be the quarterback," the third-year head coach said. "He's been here long enough - he was with us during the spring, he was with us during the summer, our staff's been able to make evaluations. I think it's better for us moving into this season having that guy in place and he knows he's the guy. I think we can go ahead and say, 'Yeah, he's going to be the starter." Zappe joined the team during the offseason as a transfer from Houston Baptist - the same program new WKU offensive coordinator Zach Kittley comes from.

WKU, which opens fall camp Wednesday, also signed receivers Jerreth and Josh Sterns and Ben Ratzlaff from HBU. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Victoria, Texas, native didn't learn he'd be the starting quarterback until Helton's announcement Tuesday at media day. "I guess I found out the same time y'all did - just now. They kind of kept it under wraps," Zappe said. "We had a great spring, great summer, I was working toward being the starter and I'm real excited to get it started. I'm grateful coach Helton gave me the starting spot." Zappe threw for 10,004 passing yards in four seasons with HBU. In the four games of the Huskies' fall 2020 schedule, Zappe completed 141 of 215 passes (65.6%) for 1,833 yards, with 15 touchdowns and one interception. - BG Daily News


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  Conference USA announced its 2021 Preseason Watch List on Monday, which includes Western Kentucky football players Bailey Zappe, Cole Spencer, DeAngelo Malone, Antwon Kincade and Brayden Narveson. Each of the league's 14 teams had five selected as key players to watch ahead of the season. Zappe threw for 10,004 passing yards in four seasons with Houston Baptist and transferred to WKU this winter. In the four games of the Huskies' fall 2020 schedule, Zappe completed 141-of-215 passes (65.6%) for 1,833 yards, with 15 touchdowns and only one interception. At 458.3 yards per game, Zappe's average led all of college football and ranked 101.3 yards above the leading FBS passer - Dillon Gabriel of Central Florida, who averaged 357 yards per game - in 2020. - BG Daily News

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  Phil Steele Publications announced its 2021 Preseason All-Conference USA Teams this week, and eight Western Kentucky players were among those named by the outlet. The Hilltoppers had three offensive players, three on defense and two specialists listed. On the First Team is quarterback Bailey Zappe, who threw for 10,004 passing yards in four seasons with Houston Baptist. This offseason, Zappe transferred to WKU, along with his top three passing targets - wide receivers Ben Ratzlaff, Jerreth Sterns and Josh Sterns - and offensive coordinator Zach Kittley. In the four games of the Huskies' fall 2020 schedule, Zappe completed 141-of-215 passes (65.6%) for 1,833 yards, with 15 touchdowns and only one interception. Zappe averaged 484.3 passing yards in HBU's three games against FBS opponents - Texas Tech, North Texas and LA Tech. - BG Daily News

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  Western Kentucky transfer quarterback Bailey Zappe was voted the 2020 Southland Conference Fall Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Zappe played four games in the fall for his previous institution, Houston Baptist, and then announced his decision to come to WKU in December. In an abridged 2020 season, the success of HBU's air raid passing offense made headlines throughout the country. In only four games, the Victoria, Texas, native completed 141 of 215 passes (65.6%) for 1,833 yards, with 15 touchdowns and one interception. At 458.3 yards per game, Zappe's average led all of college football and ranked 101.3 yards above the leading FBS passer (Dillon Gabriel of UCF, 357 yards per game) in 2020. - BG Daily News

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  With the majority of the FCS season getting canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, HBU played just four games, but still put up eye-popping numbers on offense. The Huskies averaged 33.7 points per game, with three of those four games coming against FBS opponents, and averaged 459.5 yards passing per game. Zappe, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound graduate student, completed 141 of 215 passes for 1,833 yards and 15 touchdowns to just one interception. His yards passing per game were over 100 more than UCF's Dillon Gabriel, the FBS leader.

Zappe, who is more of a pocket passer but says he's been working on being able to get out of the pocket, had his signing announced Dec. 27 - the day after WKU's disappointing loss to Georgia State in the LendingTree Bowl. He entered the transfer portal after Kittley's departure from HBU, and says the coordinator was the first call he received. "Western Kentucky was always my number one," Zappe said. "I had great calls with (WKU head) coach (Tyson) Helton - I really like coach Helton, he's a heckuva coach - but I had a few other offers and I was a little bit interested, but my heart was really here at WKU and coming here and playing under coach Kittley for another year. That's the decision I made, and so far it's turned out great." - BG Daily News


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  College football's leading passer in 2020 is coming to The Hill. Western Kentucky announced the signing of quarterback Bailey Zappe, a transfer from Houston Baptist, on Sunday. Zappe joins three other recent Huskies-turned-Hilltoppers in offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Zach Kittley, as well as star wide receivers Jerreth Sterns and Josh Sterns.

In an abridged 2020 season, the success of HBU's Air Raid passing offense made headlines throughout the country. In only four games, the Victoria, Texas, native completed 141 of 215 passes (65.6%) for 1,833 yards, with 15 touchdowns and one interception. At 458.3 yards per game, Zappe's average ranks 83.3 yards above the leading FBS passer (Kyle Trask of Florida - 375 yards per game) in 2020. - BG Daily News


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  Bailey Zappe threw for three touchdowns, Houston Baptist blocked a late PAT for a two-point conversion and the Huskies' completed their four-game season with a 33-30 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. EKU rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to get within one with just over four minutes remaining after Parker McKinney threw a 27-yard score to Keyion Dixon. But the point-after kick was blocked and Tra Fluellen, who also had an interception, returned it for two points. The Colonels (1-3) got the ball back with 2:22 remaining but McKinney fumbled on a scramble. Zappe, who came in as the Division I passing leader with 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns, was 35 of 46 for 380 yards. The senior's season is over, though, with the Huskies' finishing with a win after losing to three FBS schools. HBU has opted out of the Southland Conference spring season. - AP College Football

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  Texas Tech's Alan Bowman was 38 of 52 for 430 yards with two TDs and an interception against FCS Houston Baptist. The Red Raiders hung on to win 35-33, but Bowman was overshadowed by Houston Baptist's Bailey Zappe. The Huskies' fourth-year starter threw for 567 yards and four touchdowns in his team's first game against a Power Five opponent. Last week, Zappe threw for 480 yards and three TDs in a loss to North Texas. - AP College Football

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  HBU features one of the best quarterbacks playing on the Football Championship Subdivision level in Bailey Zappe. The senior was a second-team selection on the HERO Sports Preseason All-America team. Zappe threw for 3,811 yards and 35 touchdowns last season. Jerreth Sterns and Ben Ratzlaff are Zappe's favorite targets. Sterns caught 105 passes last season, while Ratzlaff finished with 1,139 receiving yards. That trio will challenge UNT in its first game under new defensive coordinator Clint Bowen. The former Kansas assistant will employ a defense with a three-man front. He has several key players returning to work with, including defensive tackle Dion Novil as well as linebackers KD Davis and Tyreke Davis. - Denton Record

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  Bailey Zappe threw three touchdown passes and Houston Baptist held off Lamar for a 31-26 victory on Saturday. Zappe was 14-of-27 passing for 251 yards and threw all three scores to Jerreth Sterns, who finished with five catches for 53 yards. Dreshawn Minnieweather added 129 yards rushing and a touchdown for Houston Baptist (5-6, 2-5 Southland Conference). Ben Ratzlaff had 83 yards receiving on five catches, and Alfred King had an interception for the Huskies. Marcellus Johnson ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and Bailey Giffen kicked four field goals, including a 51-yarder in the first quarter, for the Cardinals (4-7, 2-6). The Huskies' Gino Garcia had a 46-yard field goal attempt blocked by Michael Lawson with 3:18 remaining. On the ensuing drive, Lamar got to the Houston Baptist 33 but threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1 with 1:15 to play. - AP College Football

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  2019 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCHLIST ADDITION: QB Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist,...Zappe has completed 288-of-428 passes for 2,947 yards and 29 touchdowns, leading the nation in touchdowns and completions, ranking second in yardage and sixth with a 67.3 completion percentage. The Victoria, Texas, native completed 41-of-53 passes for 513 yards and five touchdowns in a 53-52 victory at South Dakota on Sept. 14, followed with four touchdowns in a win over Northwestern State, then went 43-for-59 for 498 yards and seven touchdowns in a victory against Texas Southern to earn STATS National Offensive Player of the Week honors. - Houston Baptist/STATS FCS Football

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  SEPT 30/WEEK 5 SOUTHLAND OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Houston Baptist's Bailey Zappe, Jr., Quarterback, Victoria, Texas,...Saturday's win over Texas Southern marked another electric performance for the FCS passing touchdowns leader (21), setting program records for completions (43), attempts (59) and passing touchdowns (7). The quarterback responsible for all six 300-yard passing performances in school history, Zappe threw touchdowns to four different receivers against the Tigers as the Huskies compiled a school-record 749 yards of total offense. This is his second Offensive Player of the Week award of the fall. Honorable Mention: Taron Jones, Southeastern Louisiana; Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State. - Southland Conference Football

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  SEPT 30/WEEK 5 STATS FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist, QB, Jr., 6-2, 180, Victoria, Texas,...The FCS passing leader set school records for completions (43), attempts (59) and touchdowns (seven) and had 498 passing yards as Houston Baptist defeated Texas Southern 68-31 - the sixth-year Southland Conference program's record fourth straight victory. All of Zappe's touchdown passes came in the first three quarters, giving his 21 this season. Honorable Mention: Karekin Brooks, RB, Penn; JaVaughn Craig, QB, Austin Peay; Kevin Davidson, QB, Princeton; Bailey Fisher, QB, Tennessee Tech; Andrew Griffin, WR, Princeton; Felix Harper, QB, Alcorn State; Alex Ramsey, RB, VMI; Dalton Sneed, QB, Montana; Marquis Spence, WR, Merrimack; Dawonya Tucker, RB, Prairie View A&M. - STATS FCS Football

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  Bailey Zappe threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and Houston Baptist steamrolled Texas Southern 68-31 on Saturday night. Zappe completed 30 of 45 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone and finished 43-of-59 passing for 498 yards, 15 yards shy of his career high set earlier this season in a 53-52 road victory over South Dakota. Zappe leads all Division I quarterbacks with 19 TD passes this season. Houston Baptist has won three straight games for the first time since becoming a D-I school in 2014. Dreshawn Minnieweather started the scoring for the Huskies (4-1) with a 22-yard TD run to cap a nine-play, 94-yard game-opening drive. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Houston Baptist 6-yard line before Ladarius Owens' fumble was recovered by Tra Fluellen.

The Huskies added Zappe's 15-yard TD toss to Jaylon Johnson and Gino Garcia's 30-yard field goal to lead 17-0 after one quarter. Zappe threw TD passes to Jerreth Sterns and Minnieweather to stretch Houston Baptist's lead to 30-0 in the second quarter. Tylor Cook got Texas Southern on the scoreboard with an 8-yard TD run, but Zappe added a 43-yard scoring strike to Ben Ratzlaff for a 37-7 lead. De'Andre Johnson threw two TD passes in the final 5:16 to pull the Tigers within 37-21 at halftime, but they would get no closer. Minnieweather finished with 125 yards and two TDs on 14 carries for the Huskies. Ratzlaff hauled in eight passes for 131 yards and two TDs, while Sterns had 12 catches for 104 yards and two scores. Johnson completed 25 of 37 passes for 420 yards and two TDs for Texas Southern. Donnie Corley snared 12 passes for 198 yards and a TD, while Tren'Davian Dickson had four receptions for 112 yards and a score. - AP College Football


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  SEPT 16/WEEK 3 SOUTHLAND OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Houston Baptist's Bailey Zappe, Jr., Quarterback, Victoria, Texas,...Zappe racked up the 10th-most passing yards in Southland Conference history (513), broke his own school record for completions (41) and tied the program's top mark with five touchdowns. The league leader in passing yards (1,062) and touchdowns (10) led the Huskies down the field for the game-winning touchdown, going 5-for-5 with 64 yards. Honorable Mention: Carlos Blackman, Central Arkansas; Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Tracy James, Abilene Christian. - Southland Conference Football

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  Bailey Zappe threw for 257 yards and four scores as Houston Baptist opened Southland Conference play with its third straight win, a 48-21 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday night. With just two wins in 22 starts over the last two seasons, the Huskies (3-1) have now won three consecutive games for the first time in their six-year history. They were 4-7 in 2016 and opened this season with a 36-34 loss to UTEP. Ean Beek rushed for 131 yards with a score and Dreshawn Minnieweather totaled 112 yards rushing. Ben Ratzlaff caught five balls for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The Huskies intercepted three passes. Brennan Young had two and Patrick Wolfe grabbed the third. HBU sprinted to a 24-0 lead at the break and increased that to 31-0 early in the third before Northwestern State got on the board. Zappe hit Coleman Robinson on a 2-yard TD pass with 9:57 remaining in the game to close out the scoring. Shelton Eppler threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern State (0-4). - AP College Football

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