Brewer passes Bears to first victory
Lake Travis grad throws for 3 TDs in first college start.
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.