LAWRENCE, Kan. —The Baylor tight ends haven’t seen a lot of passes thrown their way this season, but that changed in Saturday’s 38-9 win over Kansas.
Jordan Feuerbacher grabbed a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Ish Wainright caught a 9-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer made both touchdown throws.
The touchdowns were the first for Baylor tight ends since Feuerbacher grabbed a 22-yarder against Rice last season on Sept. 16, 2016.
“We’ve had some plays to the tight ends in the past weeks that didn’t get called or didn’t come our way,” Feuerbacher said. “To have both of us go up and make a play was really fun. It was good for our team and good for us, of course.”
For the former Baylor basketball player, Wainright made his first catch and touchdown in a game since joining the football team last spring. Wainright caught a touchdown pass from Brewer in Baylor’s spring game, but it was much more exciting grabbing one in a game near his hometown of Kansas City.
“If you remember, in the spring game he threw the exact same pass,” Wainright said. “It was exciting, especially being at home and being at KU. I’ve got a little headache because everyone was slapping me upside my head afterwards.”
Bears win eighth straight against Kansas
The Bears certainly have Kansas’ number after winning their eighth straight game in the series.
The Bears have beaten the Jayhawks in the last four games in Lawrence, taking a 31-30 overtime win in 2011, a 59-14 win in 2013 and a 66-7 win in 2015.
Saturday’s 38-9 win wasn’t as lopsided as some of Baylor’s recent wins in the series, but it was satisfying for a team that broke through with its first win of the year.
“I’m very, very happy for our players,” said Baylor coach Matt Rhule. “They’re special, special young men. As I’ve told them, I’m not proud of them because they won. I’m proud of them because they’ve picked themselves up each and every week.”
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Baylor coach Matt Rhule always makes his players dress classy, requiring them to wear suits to road games.
Baylor comes up big, defense forces two turnovers
Coming into last week’s game against Texas, Baylor had forced just seven turnovers in seven games including one interception.
Grayland Arnold got an interception in the Bears’ 38-7 loss to the Longhorns. The Bears were more opportunistic against the Jayhawks as safety Rajah Preciado recovered a fumble and true freshman cornerback Harrison Hand made an interception.
“Harrison is getting better and better,” Rhule said. “Really, fumbles and turnovers are a cumulative effort. You have to run to the ball and create pressure. You have to knock the ball out and fight for it. I think our guys played really hard today and I was proud of that effort that resulted in those turnovers. They were needed.”
Taylor Young closing in on school sack record
With a sack against Kansas, Baylor senior linebacker Taylor Young moved into second place on the school’s career sack list with 15½.
Young trails former Baylor defensive lineman Shawn Oakman who had 17½ sacks from 2013-15. Young moved to middle linebacker this week from his usual outside linebacker spot after Clay Johnston went down with a season ending foot injury against Texas.
“I don’t want to be No. 2,” Young said. “A smart person always says if you’re not first then you’re last.”