Baylor’s depleted secondary didn’t fare well in its season debut.
Liberty quarterback Stephen Calvert connected on 44 of 60 passes for a career-high 447 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Flames’ 48-45 upset of Baylor on Saturday at McLane Stadium. The Bears have been hit hard by injury in the defensive backfield, with the likes of Grayland Arnold, Rajah Preciado and Jameson Houston, among others, missing the game.
A pair of players, cornerback Harrison Hand and safety Jairon McVea, started in their first-ever college game due to the absences. Nevertheless, new BU coach Matt Rhule refused to hold up Baylor’s youth and inexperience as an excuse.
“I don’t want to make excuses, we just have to play well,” Rhule said. “Our job is to make sure those guys are in the right spot.”
Hasty suffers MCL knee injury
Baylor sophomore running back JaMycal Hasty suffered an MCL knee injury and is expected to be out at least four weeks.
Hasty suffered the injury with 3:45 left in the second quarter of Saturday night’s game after he had rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown.
Terence Williams, a 1,000-yard rusher last season, is already out for at least the first three weeks of the season with a shoulder injury.
However, freshman John Lovett stepped in and rushed for 89 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns.
“Lovett is special,” said Baylor coach Matt Rhule. “He’s really talented and also extremely tough.”
Baylor helps Harvey evacuees
Baylor distributed 1,572 complimentary tickets to evacuees of Hurricane Harvey, which also included free parking and a free meal.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule announced the promotion earlier in the week, calling it a small gesture but one that would hopefully give those visitors to Waco a pleasant diversion.
The storm hit home for a lot of Baylor players, as the team has a large contingent from the Houston area and Southeast Texas. So the Bears also wore decals on their helmets that displayed their home states and area codes.
Baylor players were also scheduled to help at Waco shelters for evacuees on Sunday.
“As I told the team, I hope they get up tomorrow and go help set up the shelters for hurricane victims,” Rhule said. “The fact that we lost doesn’t diminish the fact that people need our help. I expect to see them there, expect to see them working. And then we’ll go back to work football-wise on Monday and get ready for UTSA, as we move this team forward.”