UTSA Baylor Football

UTSA running back Jalen Rhodes (5) is tackled by Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston (44) in the first half Saturday.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

With losses to Liberty and UTSA, Baylor is off to its first 0-2 start since 2003.

Guy Morriss’ first team dropped a 24-19 decision to UAB at Floyd Casey Stadium followed by a 52-14 loss to North Texas in Denton. However, the Bears won their next three games that season with wins over SMU, Sam Houston State and Colorado before losing their last seven games.

Under first-year coach Matt Rhule, the Bears dropped a 48-45 decision to Liberty last weekend before Saturday’s 17-10 loss to UTSA.

Now the Bears must face Duke on the road next weekend before opening Big 12 play against Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

Roadrunner fans make noise

With the Bears struggling, many fans had left by the fourth quarter.

But UTSA fans took over the stadium and cheered loudly as the Roadrunners sealed the 17-10 win over the Bears.

“How about that, huh?” said UTSA coach Frank Wilson. “Our team feeds off that. I think it’s so important for our alumnus, boosters, our fans, the city of San Antonio to know we cannot do it without them, and their support means everything to us. It was an inspiration to our team when we drove in and throughout the duration of the game when things got tough.”

Linebacker has breakout game

Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston turned in the best game of his young career.

Johnston, a sophomore from Abilene Wylie, set a new career high in tackles by halftime, recording eight in the first two quarters. That included a clutch open-field takedown of Jalen Rhodes on a 4th-and-6 play in the second quarter.

Johnston finished with 10 tackles, including nine solos and a tackle for loss.

The wrong kind of history

Two weeks into the season, Baylor is gaining a reputation as the Power Five team everyone wants to play.

Last week, the Bears became Liberty’s first-ever victim from a Power Five conference when the Flames sprung the 48-45 upset. Liberty had five wins over FBS teams entering the meeting with Baylor, but none against the Power Five, which consists of the Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten and SEC.

Now, Baylor has done it again. UTSA was 0-9 against Power Five teams prior to coming into Waco and beating the Bears, 17-10.

“Hard work and diligence,” UTSA coach Frank Wilson said. “I think we were focused on the things that we needed to do to make ourselves better.”

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