Trestan Ebner left little question he used to be greater than in a position for Baylor’s opener after two video games have been known as off on account of COVID-19 issues.
Dave Aranda used to be slightly extra coy concerning the anticipation of his first sport as a head trainer, which Ebner made certain used to be a winner.
The flexible again returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards ahead of going 83 yards for another touchdown on a free kick after a security and the Bears pulled clear of Kansas in the second one part of a 47-14 victory Saturday night time.
Ebner additionally had a 1-yard TD run and an 18-yard scoring catch because the Bears received their newest opener in 56 years after non-conference video games towards Louisiana Tech and Houston have been known as off, the latter only a day ahead of the sport.
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“You should inform the entire practices we had, guys have been simply in a position to play,” Ebner stated. “We have been in a position to hit anyone else. I knew we’d be in a position for the instant.”
Aranda, the defensive coordinator for LSU’s 15-Zero nationwide championship crew final season, took over after Matt Rhule used to be employed by way of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. It used to be the Giant 12 opener for each groups.
Baylor gave up a 79-yard landing pressure at the first ownership underneath Aranda, however the protection clamped down whilst the Bears scored 40 consecutive issues at hand the Jayhawks (Zero-2) their 50th consecutive loss in a real Giant 12 street sport.
“To take the sector with our crew and to peer them combat thru stuff, to peer them create momentum and issues that we mentioned again in March and April and in every single place Zoom, to listen to that roughly spitting again out at you within the 3rd, fourth quarter used to be simply so cool,” Aranda stated. “It energizes me for the following one.”
The varsity introduced a crowd of 11,667, about 25% of McLane Stadium’s capability. The most important clusters of fanatics have been within the pupil sections in the back of the Kansas bench.
Ebner opened the second one part by way of beginning towards the left sideline ahead of sliding to his proper and beating everyone to the a long way sideline, in the end outrunning kicker Liam Jones for Baylor’s first kickoff go back for a rating since 2013.
After Terrel Bernard sacked Jalon Daniels finally zone for a 33-7 lead, Jones kicked off from the 20. Going the wrong way, Ebner began nearer to the center of the sector ahead of reducing proper and beating everyone to the sideline once more.
Ebner, the primary Baylor participant to go back two kicks for touchdowns in the similar sport, completed with 272 all-purpose yards.
“It used to be beautiful cool to peer,” Aranda stated. “It evidently propelled our crew and took us to some other degree of it all and the emotion on our sideline used to be beautiful sturdy after either one of the ones.”
Pooka Williams scored each Kansas touchdowns and completed with 76 yards dashing for the Jayhawks, who misplaced to Coastal Carolina for the second one consecutive yr of their opener two weeks in the past.
“I don’t like completing 2d. It isn’t amusing,” trainer Les Miles stated. “However now and again the opponent makes you… that’s simply how it is going. You find yourself 2d.”
Kansas: The lowly Jayhawks have been appearing development overdue in Miles’ first season final yr, with aggressive losses in tricky venues at Texas and Iowa State. However a 61-6 house loss to Baylor used to be a bitter method to enter the offseason, and Kansas has now misplaced 11 in a row to the Bears and is Zero-10 in Waco.
Baylor: It used to be a quiet 31st consecutive get started for quarterback Charlie Brewer, who threw for 142 yards with a landing whilst lacking 3 performs when he limped off after a 1-yard plunge to transform a fourth down within the first part. John Lovett and redshirt freshman Craig Williams had a dashing landing apiece because the Bears completed with 203 yards at the floor.
Baylor led the listing of groups receiving votes in final week’s Most sensible 25, which means the Bears have been principally ranked 26th. So it stands to explanation why the Bears will input the ballot with an excellent debut for Aranda after completing with 11 wins underneath Rhule final season.
Baylor protection Christian Morgan used to be ejected for concentrated on on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on a sliding Jalon Daniels on the finish of a run by way of the quarterback within the first quarter.
Baylor venerated Professional Soccer Corridor of Status working again Gale Sayers, who performed at Kansas from 1962-64. Sayers died previous within the week at 77. The “Kansas Comet” had 2,675 yards dashing for the Jayhawks and used to be the primary Department I-A participant with a 99-yard landing run, in 1963 at Nebraska.
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Daniels were given the beginning as Miles stated Thomas MacVittie wasn’t wholesome. Miles additionally stated Miles Kendrick may just get an extended glance going ahead. All 3 performed towards Coastal Carolina. Daniels used to be 19 of 33 for 159 yards and completed with 23 yards dashing, a complete that may had been upper with out 4 Baylor sacks.
Kansas: No. 15 Oklahoma State at house subsequent Saturday.
Baylor: At West Virginia subsequent Saturday.