Brewer passes Bears to first vic­tory

Lake Travis grad throws for 3 TDs in first col­lege start.

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Dave Skretta

LAWRENCE, KAN. — Matt Rhule in­sti­tuted a dress code for road games when he took over as Bay­lor coach, re­quir­ing his play­ers to wear crisp suits and nice ties be­fore and af­ter games.

The one ex­cep­tion: Sweats are al­lowed head­ing home from a vic­tory.

So af­ter the Bears dis­patched Kansas 38-9 for their first win un­der Rhule, the for­mer Tem­ple coach couldn’t help but crack a smile when he stepped into the vis­i­tors locker room Satur­day and heard a chant: “Jog­ging suits! Jog­ging suits!”

“It was pretty funny,” Rhule ad­mit­ted.

There was noth­ing funny about an eight-game skid to be­gin his ten­ure, though. But with fresh­man Char­lie Brewer mak­ing his first start, the Bears (1-8, 1-5 Big 12) were sharp on of­fense and down­right dom­i­nant on de­fense in beat­ing the Jay­hawks (1-8, 0-6) for the eighth straight time.

Brewer, a Lake Travis High grad­u­ate, threw for 315 yards and three touch­downs. Den­zel Mims had five catches for 122 yards. And the Bears piled up 455 yards of of­fense while hold­ing Kansas to 289 yards.

“There was just calm­ness about our team to­day,” Rhule said. “Our guys never turned against each other, they only turned to each other. That was re­ally good to see.”

Carter Stan­ley, back in the start­ing lineup for Kansas, fin­ished 17 of 33 for 155 yards with a pick be­fore he was benched in fa­vor of for­mer starter Pey­ton Ben­der in the fourth quar­ter.

It was the third time in four games that Kansas didn’t score a touch­down.

“They kept bat­tling to the very end,” Jay­hawks coach David Beaty said. “Those guys kept fight­ing.” Al­most lit­er­ally. The Jay­hawks’ frus­tra­tion peaked when of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Doug Meacham, irked by the of­fi­cials’ slow­ing down the game to give Bay­lor time to sub­sti­tute per­son­nel, had to be re­strained from go­ing af­ter the ref­eree by Beaty and other mem­bers of the coach­ing staff.

Bay­lor didn’t fare much bet­ter of­fen­sively early, punt­ing on its first three pos­ses­sions. But once Brewer got into a rhythm, he picked apart one of the na­tion’s worst de­fenses.

Brewer led the Bears on a 75-yard touch­down march, and then took them on a 74-yard TD drive. He capped the first half with a 56-yard touch­down drive for a 21-6 lead at the break.

“Char­lie’s just go­ing to play as hard as he can for you,” said Jordan Feuer­bacher, who had one of the Bears’ touch­down catches.

“It gives you some­thing ex­tra when you see that out there.”

Ter­ence Wil­liams scored from 1 yard out mid­way through the sec­ond half, and the Bears added a field goal and a touch­down catch by Ish Wain­right to put the game away.

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