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  OCT 31 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Richard Reese, BU, RB, Fr.,...Reese was once again a workhorse for the Bears in their 45-17 win at Texas Tech. He topped his career high with 36 carries, after setting his previous best just one week ago with 31 vs. Kansas, and ran for 148 yards and three TDs. It was Reese's third 100-plus yard game of the season and fourth multi-TD effort. He has 12 rushing touchdowns in 2022, which already ranks tied for seventh in a single season in program history. That mark is also good for seventh nationally. Since 2014, only one other Bear has rushed for as many TDs as Reese (Abram Smith, 12 in 2021). He now sits just 90 yards shy of BU's freshman rushing record. Reese is second nationally among all freshmen in rushing yards (791) and rushing TDs (12). - Big 12 Football

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  11/08/22 - Gabe HallrJr/2024, Baylor + More +

  OCT 31 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gabe Hall, Baylor, DL, Jr.,...Hall led the charge defensively for Baylor in its 45-17 win at Texas Tech, recording three sacks for a loss of 24 yards. The junior DL recorded half of BU's six sacks by himself, as the Bears constantly found pressure on Tech's trio of quarterbacks throughout the game. Six sacks were Baylor's most in a game this season. Hall also recorded a QB hurry, as BU snatched five interceptions in the game, its most in a contest since 1989 vs. TCU. - Big 12 Football

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  Craig Williams ran for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns, and Baylor defeated Oklahoma 38-35 on Saturday to keep its Big 12 title hopes alive. Williams, a fifth-year junior, had rushed for 456 yards his entire injury-plagued career before exploding against the Sooners. His top performance this season had been 68 yards rushing against BYU, and he did not play in Baylor's previous two games. In all, the Bears (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) ran for 281 yards and five touchdowns to claim their third straight win.

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran nine times for 70 yards and another score. But he threw three interceptions - all in the first half - after just throwing one all season before Saturday's game. Eric Gray rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and caught eight passes for 58 yards for the Sooners (5-4, 2-4), who had won two straight. Despite Gabriel's mistakes, Baylor led just 24-21 at the break because the Sooners gained 334 yards in the first half. Qualan Jones' 10-yard touchdown run with 9:15 remaining in the fourth quarter gave Baylor a 38-28 lead. Gray's 1-yard score with 4:05 remaining cut the Bears' lead to 38-35, but Baylor ran out the clock on the next possession. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  11/02/22 - Drake DabneyJr/2024, Baylor + More +

  During his weekly press conference, Baylor head coach Dave Aranda announced that tight end Drake Dabney broke his fibula against Texas Tech and had surgery on Monday. This will likely end Dabney's 2022 season just as he had emerged into a big role for the Bears' offense. "We're going to miss him," Aranda said. "When I look at Drake, I think of just this year, all the improvement he made and just his mindset toward work. He was progressing from ... here's a guy who can block when Ben [Sims is] getting out on the routes, to here's Drake, here's your game plan, here's your routes, here's your matchups. He was looking forward to more of that." During Saturday's contest in Lubbock, Dabney hauled in a reception before staying down on the ground in visible pain. He was carted off the field shortly after, having posted two receptions for 12 yards before being ruled out. On the season, the Cypress native snagged 16 passes for 173 yards. - Dallas Morning News

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  Freshman Richard Reese ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns, AJ McCarty returned an interception for a score and Baylor beat Texas Tech 45-17 on Saturday night. Second among NCAA freshmen in yards rushing coming in, Reese had 53 of the 75 yards on a drive to his tiebreaking 1-yard TD in the second quarter as Baylor (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) dominated time of possession. Baylor ended a 10-game losing streak in Lubbock while handing Texas Tech (4-4, 2-3) its first home loss under coach Joey McGuire, the lifelong Texan who was a Baylor assistant the past five seasons. On a night Texas Tech celebrated star Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes as its eighth ring of honor member, the Red Raiders ended up throwing five interceptions while trying all of their top three QBs.

Tyler Shough entered trailing 31-17 in the fourth quarter for the first time since injuring his shoulder as the opening day starter, and McCarty stepped in front of his first pass and ran untouched 18 yards down the sideline. Freshman Behren Morton was 4 of 17 with two interceptions and three sacks after a pick in the first minute of the second half set up Blake Shapen's 9-yard TD pass to Hal Presley for a 24-3 Baylor lead. Morton responded with two touchdowns, including his 8-yard run on fourth-and-7 to get Texas Tech within 24-17 after a fumble by Reese. The Red Raiders were up to four interceptions — three from Morton and another from Donovan Smith on one of his two passes when McGuire turned to Shough, who the coach said would be available next week. Reese's third TD was a 1-yard plunge to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive after the Red Raiders had pulled within seven. Morton finished 11 of 33 for 152 yards and three interceptions. Shapen was much more efficient, going 19 of 30 for 211 yards with a TD and no interceptions. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  True freshman Richard Reese ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, including a late game-clincher as the Baylor Bears held on to beat Kansas 35-23 on Saturday for their first victory in nearly a month. Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) jumped out to a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game matching former Top 25 teams that had both lost their previous two games, and led 28-3 at halftime. The Jayhawks (5-3, 2-3) got within 28-23 when quarterback Jason Bean scrambled 4 yards for a touchdown with 6 1/2 minutes left. That ended a 93-yard drive after Baylor was stopped on fourth-and-1, and included completions of 29 and 47 yards by Bean. On the ensuing Baylor drive, Reese had a 14-yard catch and a 37-yard run before his 2-yard TD run with 2 1/2 minutes left on the last of his 31 carries.

Kansas is still without standout quarterback Jalon Daniels, who missed his second game in a row since injuring his right (throwing) shoulder after being hit late in the first half of a loss to TCU on Oct. 8. Bean was 16 of 27 for 232 yards and a touchdown. Bears quarterback Blake Shapen left in the third quarter of their loss at West Virginia nine days earlier after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. He was 17-of-26 passing for 164 yards with a touchdown Saturday. But he had three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble. Shapen had only three interceptions in the first six games, but his two picks included one inside the Jayhawks 5 with only 2 seconds left in the first half. He fumbled in the third quarter when being sacked by defensive end Jereme Robinson, who picked up the ball and returned it 49 yards to set up Devin Neal's 2-yard TD run. The Bears were ranked 17th after a win at Iowa State on Sept. 24, but had since lost 36-25 at home Oklahoma State on Oct. 1, then had an open date before the Thursday night game at West Virginia. Kansas dropped out of the poll from 19th this week after its back-to-back losses to TCU and Oklahoma. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  10/20/22 - Seth JonesrSo/2025, Baylor + More +

  Baylor sophomore receiver Seth Jones announced Wednesday that he will enter the NCAA transfer portal. Jones said he will enter the portal on Dec. 5, the day after NCAA championship selections are made. That's the beginning of a 45-day window for players to enter the portal. The third-year sophomore has played in all six games this season, making seven catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns. Since he exceeded three games, this season will count against his eligibility. Jones will be the second Baylor player to enter the transfer portal this fall following running back-receiver Josh Fleeks. - Waco Tribune Herald

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  SEPT 26 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Baylor's Bryson Jackson racked up four solo tackles, including two sacks, and a QB hurry in Baylor's 31-24 win at Iowa State. The linebacker's two sacks were a career-high and resulted in a loss of seven yards as he played mostly on passing downs. The Bears held their opponent to 30 or fewer points for the 18th consecutive game. - Big 12 Football

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  Blake Shapen threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns as No. 17 Baylor held on to beat Iowa State 31-24 in the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday. The loss snapped the Cyclones' 11-game home winning streak against conference rivals. Shapen completed 19 of his 26 passes, connecting with 11 receivers. Gavin Holmes finished with three catches for 92 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Bears (3-1) seized control midway through the third quarter, driving 93 yards in 10 plays and taking a 24-14 lead on Richard Reese's 19-yard touchdown run.

Iowa State (3-1) was undone by two interceptions and averaged less than 3 yards per rush when the game was competitive. The Cyclones scored 10 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes, but their onside kick with 55 seconds remaining was recovered by the Bears. Baylor scored on each of its first three possessions, building a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. Two of the drives ended with touchdown passes from Shapen. Those drives were also aided by multiple penalties called on the Cyclones' defense. Iowa State cut the margin to 17-14 by halftime when Hunter Dekkers threw a 24-yard scoring toss to Dimitri Stanley. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  SEPT 19 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Baylor's Freshman Richard Reese rushed for 156 yards on 19 carries (8.2 avg) and scored three touchdowns, all of which were career highs, in Baylor's 42-7 win over Texas State. It was BU's first three-TD rushing performance since Abram Smith did so vs. BYU last season. Reese's efforts helped the Bears total 293 yards on the ground, their highest output of the year. He also caught one pass out of the backfield for a 17-yard reception. Reese is now tied for the Big 12 lead with five rushing TDs, ranks second in the Big 12 in yards per carry (6.97) and places fifth in rushing yards (237). - Big 12 Football

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  Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen faked a handoff and took off untouched for a 35-yard touchdown run just before halftime, when Texas State thought it had a fourth-down stop, and the 17th-ranked Bears went on to a 42-7 victory Saturday. True freshman Richard Reese ran 19 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (2-1), who avoided becoming another Top 25 team to lose at home to a Sun Belt Conference team this season. Shapen completed 15 of 26 passes for 184 yards with a 28-yard TD to Gavin Holmes.

As defenders tackled Reese in the backfield on fourth-and-1, Shapen raced past a blitzing safety to cap a nine-play, 96-yard drive for a 21-7 lead. That came immediately after Texas State (1-2) had pulled within one score with 1:59 left in the half and the Bears were backed up to their own 4 after Craig Williams muffed the ensuing kickoff. Baylor (2-1) jumped in front when Reese went straight up the middle for a 14-yard TD on the game's opening drive. He added scores of 52 and 5 yards in the fourth quarter, giving him five rushing TDs in the Bears' two home games. Williams, a fifth-year junior nicknamed "Sqwirl" who was limited by injuries the past four seasons, had a 30-yard TD run. - Baylor/AP College Football


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  09/13/22 - Siaki IkarJr/2023, Baylor + More +

  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 34. Siaki Ika, rJr, DT, Baylor, 6-3, 350, 1-2,...Ika had one tackle and one assist in a 26-10 loss at BYU. The Cougars managed 366 total yards, but only 83 on the ground. Previous week, No. 34: Defensive tackle Siaki Ika had two assists in Baylor's 69-10 romp over Albany as the Bears outgained the Great Danes in total yardage, 573-237. Albany had only 87 yards rushing. He is a fourth-year junior who transferred from LSU before the 2021 season. Ika played as a freshman in 2019 under LSU assistant Dave Aranda, who became Baylor's head coach in 2020. Coaches selected Ikaw a Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2021. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  Running back Taye McWilliams' status for Saturday is questionable after he left the BYU game with an undisclosed injury in the first half following a hard shot to the upper body by linebacker Max Tooley. Wide receiver Monaray Baldwin's playing time was limited against BYU, and Aranda said his status is still to be determined. - Waco Tribune Herald

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  09/06/22 - Siaki IkarJr/2023, Baylor + More +

  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 34. Siaki Ika, rJr, DT, Baylor, 6-3, 350,...Defensive tackle Siaki Ika had two assists in Baylor's 69-10 romp over Albany as the Bears outgained the Great Danes in total yardage, 573-237. Albany had only 87 yards rushing. He is a fourth-year junior who transferred from LSU before the 2021 season. Ika played as a freshman in 2019 under LSU assistant Dave Aranda, who became Baylor's head coach in 2020. Coaches selected Ikaw a Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2021. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  Blake Shapen had known since the end of spring practice that he would be the starting quarterback for 10th-ranked Baylor. He spent that time really getting to know his teammates, and they were certainly on the same page to start the season. Shapen completed 17 of 20 passes for 214 yards with two long touchdowns and had a nifty dive into the end zone for another score on the final play of the first half as the Bears beat FCS team Albany 69-10 in their season opener Saturday night. "I think tonight was just a glimpse of what you'll see in the future," Shapen said. "I think it was good for some of our guys, and especially me, to get out there and be able to touch the ground again and be able to play again." Gavin Holmes, the sixth-year Bears wideout who missed all of last season because of a foot injury, returned a punt 72 yards for a score. Monaray Baldwin had two touchdowns, on a 47-yard catch for Baylor's first score before adding a 50-yard reverse run after halftime.

The reigning Big 12 champion Bears have a six-game winning streak, matching fourth-ranked Clemson for the longest active among FBS teams. The Tigers open their season Monday night against Georgia Tech. Shapen's 1-yard TD run gave Baylor a 35-7 halftime lead. Shapen swept to the right sideline and dived toward the end zone. He switched the ball from his right to left hand and was able to reach it out to hit the pylon before falling down out of bounds. "One of the things that I appreciate about Blake is that he is very understated, and not a lot of drama with him," coach Dave Aranda said. "Probably the most drama is what's on his head with his mohawk and all that. Outside of that, you know, there's not a whole lot happening, which is very just Joe Cool with all of it." - Baylor/AP College Football


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