The Baylor Bears convincingly upset the No. 1-ranked Kansas State Wildcats in Waco on Saturday night by a final score of 52-24. It wasn’t just an offensive explosion by the Bears, either. They pressured Heisman hopeful Collin Klein throughout the game, sacking him two times and forcing a multitude of errors in the process.
Baylor picked off Klein three times and led by as many as 28 points as the game moved to the fourth quarter. Credit the strong performance by the Bears defense to defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, who served under K-State head coach Bill Snyder from 1999 to 2001. His knowledge of Snyder’s offense undoubtedly helped his Bears pull off this massive upset.
Things started out bad for the Wildcats when the Bears marched down the field on six plays to take an early seven-point lead. Klein and KSU responded with a quick-scoring drive of their own to even things up.
It was then that Baylor took over. They rattled off three consecutive drives to go up by a comfortable 28-7 margin.
Klein would lead his team to a touchdown and field goal in the final two minutes of the half to set up a manageable second-half battle. Kansas State trailed by just 28-17 at the half. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Baylor wasn’t done with their quick-strike scoring. They put up three TDs and a field goal on just 6:48 of time of possession. Wow!
Nick Florence threw an interception on his team’s own 1-yard line to set up Klein's one-yard score and the Wildcats' only points of the quarter. Klein continued to get tee’ed off on by the Bears defensive front, which blitzed him relentlessly in the second half once the Wildcats abandoned the run.
Baylor was just too physical up front and looked much more like the No. 1 team in the country on the night.
Next up for the Wildcats is a season finale against the Texas Longhorns in two weeks following a weekend off. The Bears will finish off their 2012 season in back-to-back games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
It Was Over When
Late in the third quarter, Klein was intercepted in the Baylor end zone with his team trailing by 21. Baylor’s next play from scrimmage was an 80-yard touchdown run that put them on top 52-24. A score that would stick after no points were put up in the fourth quarter.
Baylor scored before I got situated with my soda and popcorn as noted by ESPN just after kickoff:
That was quick. Baylor scores first against No. 1 Kansas State. #KSUvsBAY— ESPN (@espn) November 18, 2012
Notre Dame nation was rooting on the early struggles of both No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon:
Oregon and Kansas State are both losing...— Notre Dame Football (@GoFightinIrish) November 18, 2012
The Irish aren’t the only ones cheering for a shake-up atop the BCS standings. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper chimed in:
I sound like a cheerleader over here cheering for Baylor lol.— Amari (@amari_coop2) November 18, 2012
ESPN Stats & Info pointed out the last time the BCS No. 1 lost to an unranked team:
The last BCS No. 1 to lose to an unranked team was LSU, which lost to Arkansas in 2007. Is Kansas State the next to do so?— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 18, 2012
The Georgia Bulldogs got into the action, noting that both Georgia and Alabama would be moving on up after Baylor extended their lead in the third quarter: