Baylor loses 4th straight after 42-21 defeat to Kansas State

Published: Nov 19, 2016 17:27pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Nov 19, 2016 @ 05:27pm EST


By Michael Owen

WACO, Texas -- Alex Barnes rushed for 120 of his 129 yards and all four touchdowns in the second half, and Kansas State doubled up Baylor 42-21 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) beat the Bears in Waco for the first time since 2002 and made them bowl eligible for the seventh straight season. Baylor (6-4, 3-4) dropped its fourth straight after a 6-0 start. The game was the final home game at McLane Stadium for the Bears this season.

Barnes scored three times in the third quarter, during which Kansas State had the ball for 11:37 and outgained Baylor 186-38. For the game, the Wildcats held the ball for 36:01 compared to 23:59 for the Bears. Overall, Kansas State had 414 yards of total offense while holding the Bears to 368, Baylor's lowest output since gaining only 335 against TCU on a sloppy rain drenched field on November 28, 2015.

When asked about what he liked most about what Barnes did in the second half, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said "Well, I just liked that he did what he always does and that's run extremely hard".

"I just felt like I got into a rhythm. Our O-line was really opening up holes" added Barnes.

Kansas State junior quarterback Jesse Ertz threw for 177 yards on 16-26 passing and ran for 46 more, including a 40-yarder on a fourth-down run in the second quarter that set up Kansas State's first score.

Baylor freshman quarterback Zach Smith, threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns as he went 27 for 45 in his first career start. He was intercepted three times in the second half, twice by Donnie Starks.

"Zack played okay, I think", Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe said after the game. "He did some really good things, he made some mistakes that hurt us." Grobe continued. "I didn't think, especially early, we did a very good job of protecting him."

As for having the short week to prepare for Texas Tech on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Grobe said "One good thing about today, I think from our perspective with Zack, is the we had a, we got a pretty good idea now what he can handle and what he can't handle and what we need to be doing to help him play better.

Shock Linwood, Baylor's all-time leading rusher, added 110 yards on 24 carries but did not get into the end zone. The Bears were held without a rushing touchdown for the first time in 38 games, the longest active streak among the Power Five conference teams. Baylor had done so in 69 of their last 70 games.

Baylor lost their 4th straight game for the first time since 2012.

Up Next: 

Kansas State (6-4, 4-3) returns home to Manhattan to take on interstate rival Kansas (1-9, 0-7). A Wildcat win would give Bill Snyder 200 for his career, making him the 26th coach in FBS history to reach that plateau.

Baylor (6-4, 3-4) heads to Arlington for a neutral site home game against Texas Tech (4-6, 2-5) in their annual Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at AT&T Stadium.


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