The Kansas football team surrendered 21 unanswered points in the second half, falling to Baylor, 41-14, on Saturday afternoon at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.
KU trailed just 20-14 at halftime before a 45-minute lightning delay pushed back the start of the second half.
The Jayhawks didn't show much fight after that. Michael Cummings threw two third-quarter interceptions, while Baylor scored TDs on three of its first five drives of the second half.
Running back James Sims led KU once again, posting 126 rushing yards on 21 carries. Sims became the first KU back to rush for at least 100 yards in five straight games since Laverne Smith in 1974.
KU quarterback Michael Cummings completed 9 of 19 passes for 81 yards with the two picks. Dayne Crist replaced him in the fourth quarter and went 2-for-7 for 15 yards.
BU (4-4, 1-4 Big 12) finished with 666 yards on 91 offensive plays.
KU (1-8, 0-6) will play at Texas Tech at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10.
Game Balls & Gassers
James Sims rushed for 126 yards, 58 coming on a first-quarter touchdown run.
Kale Pick ripped an interception out of the hands of defender for a 37-yard reception, a big play in second-quarter touchdown drive. Had 56 of KU’s 96 receiving yards.
Receiver Chris Omigie got his hands on a long pass thrown by Michael Cummings, but couldn’t hold onto it, bobbled it and it was intercepted.
Linebacker Jake Love was called for offsides, nullifying Greg “Lockdown” Brown’s interception.
HOW THEY SCORED
12:24 - Terrance Williams 11 pass from Nick Florence. Aaron Jones kick. Baylor chose to receive the opening kickoff and the Bears' first drive showed way. BU marched down the field at will on the Jayhawks for an 11-play, 84-yard drive that took 2:36 and featured six plays that went for first downs. KU appeared to have the drive stopped when Greg Brown intercepted a pass from Florence, but linebacker Jake Love was offsides on the play, wiping out the turnover. (BU 7, KU 0).
10:09 - Lache Seastrunk 68 pass from Nick Florence. Jones kick. The Baylor defense forced a three-and-out on KU's first offensive possession and then added to its lead on the first play of their second drive when Florence found Seastrunk streaking down the seam. (BU 14, KU 0).
7:44 - James Sims 58 run. Nick Prolago kick. KU's defense forced Baylor into a three-and-out and the Jayhawks' offense responded with a big-time run from Sims on the first play of KU's third possession. The Jayhawks benefited from a 15-yard kick-catch interference penalty on the punt return. (BU 14, KU 7).
3:57 - Aaron Jones 35 field goal. Call it a victory for the KU defense. Not only did the Jayhawks force the Bears to settle for a field goal on this drive but they also made them use 11 plays to travel 58 yards in 3:47. Baylor kept its drive alive with a fourth-and-one run from quarterback Nick Florence around the Bears' 40. The spot on the run was reviewed and upheld and seven plays later Jones knocked his kick through the uprights. (BU 17, KU 7).
5:46 - Michael Cummings 22 run. Prolago kick. After another stop by the KU defense, the offense drove 81 yards in six plays and 2:49. Cummings hit wide receiver Kale Pick with a 37-yard pass to get the drive going and also ran for 31 yards on the drive. Sims and Brandon Bourbon accounted for the other yardage, including a three-yard run from Bourbon on third and one just inside BU territory. (BU 17, KU 14).
1:02 - Jones 22 field goal. The KU defense responded to a nice drive from the offense by forcing Baylor to grind out a long drive that resulted in just three points. Baylor struggled down the field 62 yards in 17 plays and 4:44. KU's red-zone defense continued to shine, holding the Bears out of the end zone on six plays inside the KU 10. (BU 20, KU 14).
10:59 - Bryce Petty 1 run. Jones kick. The Baylor defense picked up a big fourth-down stop near midfield on KU's first drive of the second half and then marched 55 yards in four plays and 1:01 to reclaim a two-score lead. The big play on the drive came when Florence hit Williams for a 43-yard pass that set the Bears up with a first and goal. Two plays later, Petty muscled his way into the end zone. (BU 27, KU 14).
10:59 - Florence 7 run. Jones kick. After an interception from defensive back Ahmad Dixon, the Bears marched 40 yards in six plays and 2:15 to take a commanding lead. The drive featured a seven-yard gain by Glasco Martin on fourth-and-one and took place entirely on the ground. (BU 34, KU 14).
9:41 - Tevin Reese 40 pass from Florence. Jones kick. (BU 41, KU 14).