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Bears Beat KU in Big 12 Opener

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Early, this one appeared to be going the way so many Kansas football games have gone over the years. And eventually it did, but at least it wasn't right away! Progress?

Baylor got the ball first and marched the ball down the field for a touchdown, followed by a quick three and out for KU. Baylor looked poised to do the same thing again, but turned the ball over in Kansas territory. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks went three and out again, and Baylor was able to score again to go up 14-0. The script finally flipped on the next drive, as Kansas got a stop and drove nearly the length of field to cut the lead to 14-7 on a Jason Bean touchdown pass, which remained until halftime.

At the break, Baylor had more than double the yardage Kansas had, and by all measures but the scoreboard, was clearly playing a much better game. But ultimately the scoreboard determines the result, and KU was in the game.

Sadly, the Jayhawks turned in another three and out to start the second half and gave the ball right back to Baylor, who needed just one snap to score from 69 yards out and go up 21-7. The wheels proceeded to come off from there, as Bean's completion rate started to slide and the offense just couldn't get things moving. The defense didn't help, and through three quarters, Baylor was up 28-7 and they had the ball in the redzone again.

If you're reading this, you've watched enough KU football to be confident in what happened from there. Baylor went on to win 45-7, and the Jayhawks showed nothing in the second half after frankly needing some luck to keep it close in the first.

Bean's accuracy continues to be a problem as he went just 8/17 for 57 yards and a score. He also continues to be Kansas' best source of offense as he led the team in rushing with 62 yards.

It was a reminder of how far Leipold and this program have to go, and we're likely to get reminded again multiple times this year. KU drops to 1-2 on the year, with their final non-conference game up next Saturday, a trip to Duke for an afternoon kickoff.