Stopping Denzel Mims key to Saturday's game against Baylor


Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims in the first half of  game against West Virginia Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims in the first half of game against West Virginia Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

Baylor’s winless football team has surpassed expectations established by Las Vegas three times in eight games this season.

A 28-point underdog to Oklahoma on Sept. 23, Baylor lost, 49-41 in its Big 12 opener, a major improvement from its non-conference showing.

A 14.5-point underdog to Kansas State, the Bears lost 33-20.

Baylor put a big scare into West Virginia, a 10.5-point favorite, and lost, 38-36, in a game in which the teams combined for 745 passing yards.

The Bears’ strong showing against West Virginia translated to Baylor showing up as just a 10-point underdog against Texas, which routed the Bears, 38-7, Saturday in Waco.

It’s not difficult to pinpoint the recurring theme in Baylor’s better games: Denzel Mims has a big day.

Mims, a sophomore out of Daingerfield, Texas, is shown a lot of respect by Big 12 defenses that double-cover him and he often still finds a way to produce big numbers.

A 6–foot-3, 197-pound state-champion sprinter, put Oklahoma’s secondary on its heels with an 11-catch, 192-yard, three-touchdown day. He had 127 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions vs. Kansas State and caught seven passes for 132 yards against West Virginia.

As Mims goes, so go the Bears. Texas kept him out of the end zone and limited him to 42 yards on four receptions.

Kansas has the defensive playmakers to disrupt Baylor’s quarterbacks. Joe Dineen has made 15.5 tackles for loss, Daniel Wise 12, Dorance Armstrong 7, Josh Ehambe 5.5. If the men up front can rattle Baylor into turnovers and make the Bears' quarterbacks hurry, that could be the key to containing Mims, which is the key to climbing out of last place in the Big 12.


John Fitzgerald 1 year, 1 month ago

1.) This is a must win for Beaty. If he loses, he should be immediately fired along with Zenger.

2.) If Bender starts we lose 42-17. He plays like a sissy. I wonder if anyone has told him that?

3.) If Stanley starts I feel it’ll be a much closer game at 32-24 but we still lose.

4.) The word around town is that even if Beaty loses every game he will still be around next year along with Zenger. So buckle up KU fans, next year will be another joke like this year.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

Number 4 is so depressing, it might make me lose sleep. I won't renew season tickets if he is retained. He's done nothing in three years to show that he's the guy to trust.

In fact, he's done the opposite. The childish mind games last year with his QB's. His massive staff change-overs. His three O.C.'s in three years. His taking over of other coaches' duties (complete fail, by the way). Girod may think he has a plan to stick with Beaty, but Girod will have to be outside the stadium selling tickets next year. He could cost himself the Chancellorship if he doesn't get smart, real quick.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

It has been good to see the D making improvements and the completely new DBs in particular.

It is a big game as the consolation prize is a place in the Bottom 10 for the rest of the year.

It will be nice to have more than 6 Srs next year and hopefully evidence of Beaty investing in HS players eventually paying off when they are given time to develop.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

You may have missed Keegan's article highlighting that, in fact, Beaty has also been lured down the transfer/JUCO route - just like his predecessors. Additionally, "his" players, comprised the number 10 and number 9-ranked classes in the conference the last two years and he is currently ranked 9th for 2018.

I'd like to know the past performance of Beaty as a player-developer that has everyone so confident that he'll succeed. What evidence, of any kind, do you have? We have the 10th ranked scoring offense. The 10th ranked scoring defense. We haven't even sniffed an FBS win. What Kool Aid are you drinking?

Howell Johnson 1 year, 1 month ago

Looking at the roster, I think Beaty has done an excellent job of recruiting especially considering the state of our football program. The main problem is inexperience which will improve with time. Give the man more time.

Ian Ballinger 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree. Wish more people did. Beaty's the right guy.

John Brazelton 1 year, 1 month ago

I wish that I knew why certain posters think that they have the power to fire the Chancellor, the Athletic Director and the Head Football Coach just because this season hasn't turned out like everyone hoped that it would. I remember fans begging Beaty to only recruit high schools players and, of course, it takes at least three years to develop a high school offensive lineman. Then I remember fans begging Beaty to hire an offensive coordinator, which he did and based on past experience, he was a good one. We have a bunch of good players such as Armstrong, Wise, Adeniji, Ribordy, Sims, Herbert, Dineen, Lee, just to name a few. We've had some key injuries at the wrong times. During WWII, we got our ass kicked at Pearl Harbor, North Africa, the Philippines and if we had just given up and gone home, we would all be speaking German and Japanese today. Have some faith in the future.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 1 month ago

I’m sorry you accept failure. I bet you have a lot of participation trophy’s.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

Except, he didn't just recruit HS players. And he didn't hire an O.C., he's been through three. And injuries are a part of football. Every team in this conference is playing shorthanded - not just KU.

Give me a proven head coach, and I'll give some faith in the process.

Bryan Mohr 1 year, 1 month ago

Posters express their opinions because they do not have the power to fire the Chancellor, AD, and HC. It's called freedom of speech. One of those constitutional freedoms fought for in WWII - since you brought it up. For some reason you don't seem to respect others' freedom of speech unless they agree with you or meet your wealth requirement (to quote you "Tom Keegan is a Sports Director at a small town newspaper, who is probably is lucky to make $50K a year" Oct 16th, and "Tom Keegan, you are a Sports Director at a small town newspaper, probably barely making $50K per year" Oct 15th).

Bryan Mohr 1 year, 1 month ago

David Beaty, #2

Coaches Hot Seat Says:

David Beaty, Kansas – It’s as obvious that the wind blows in the state of Kansas that David Beaty should have never been hired as the head football coach at Kansas nor in our opinion had David Beaty ever done anything in his coaching career up to when he was hired at KU to have EARNED the right to be the head coach of a Big 12 school but then now….Kansas also hired Charlie Weis who we wouldn’t hire to shovel $!&% so in some ways David Beaty was a step-up from Chubby Charlie!

With the loss to Kansas State on Saturday David Beaty’s records at Kansas now stand at…

Overall: 3 – 29

Big 12: 1 – 22

…and the Jayhawks still have to play this season games against:

Baylor At Texas Oklahoma At Oklahoma State

Best Case Scenario Kansas beats Baylor at home on Saturday and then loses its last three games to finish at…

2 – 10

…in David Beaty’s THIRD year on the job and if that’s acceptable in Lawrence then those folks are beyond help and need to be committed to the nearest insane asylum!

Lawrence McGlinn 1 year, 1 month ago

Troll - One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. A small part of me wants Beaty to continue as coach so we can see John's defense of him as he builds a 4-44 record. How long are you going to give him?

Mike Bennett 1 year, 1 month ago

Just ask yourself, how many of the guys you listed above would start for more than 50% of the other Big XII teams? Wise and Sims is all that would start. Maybe Armstrong. All the others would be coming off the bench at best.

With that said, I think you have to keep him anyway. No good coach, even a young one from a lesser league, is going to take a job where 3x the employer has indicated it will take at least 5 years to build the team, then fires the guy after 3. You end up with desperate and unqualified coaches like the last 3. In addition, we are looking at probably 10+ BCS program head coaching changes this year. KU would be the bottom of the barrel.

Chandler Accipiter 1 year, 1 month ago

Since John mentions WWII, he should go back and look at General Marshall's record of firing generals during the war. Sometimes when you get your butt kicked, as John refers to, there are consequences.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

Who are the 3 OCs?

There was the original OC which turned into the odd walk around performance where he wasn't replaced, then there's this year which isn't though for at least some who aren't quitting on the team.

It is also true that he has recruited JCs but it is far far far from the previous failures where 50% never even made on the field. Currently they're almost all on campus for Spring ball and several have come with 3 years remaining on their clock. That in itself is a huge improvement - if you're not committed to finding failure.

This also is not about accepting failure because when you start with 50 players success has to do with more than W/L. We're back to sniffing a full roster for the first time in ages and even that is due to some participation scholarships. Those are not because Coach wants to. It is because the rules prohibit him from doing otherwise at this point.

While there is no guarantee that players will develop for any coach, it should not be difficult to find a world of examples of SRs better than Jrs better than Sophs better than freshman. Even you can figure that out if you want. Or you can continue to whine.

Bryan Mohr 1 year, 1 month ago

Why did Beaty talk about going to a bowl game this year if - according to you and others - it was impossible because KU doesn't have the players? Beaty was either lying, unable to properly evaluate his talent, or unable to develop his talent.

Brian Hosfelt 1 year, 1 month ago

The reason most are done with Beaty has nothing to do with wins and's about showing improvement from one year to the next...we were competitive the last 3 games last year and it never carried over to the continued QB decisions baffle me.

Mike Bennett 1 year, 1 month ago

Every year the fans blame the QB, KU brings in another one, the LJ World hypes the hell out him as the missing piece and then everyone blames him when the team fails. Think about it; Crisp, Heap, Willis, Cozart, Stanley and Bender this year. I keep preaching its not the QB. These guys may not be superstars, but with good talent around them, they would be winning QB's.

Robert Brock 1 year, 1 month ago

KU’s best player is their center - Mesa Ribordy.

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