No. 6 Baylor beats No. 9 Kansas State, but is it enough?


If Baylor finds itself disappointed tomorrow, it could find itself replaying two sequences in its green and gold mind for the next nine months.

Already leading No. 9 Kansas State 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Baylor missed a golden chance to push the lead to 14-0 when Bryce Petty was intercepted by Randall Evans inside the Wildcats’ end zone. Then, leading 38-20 late in the third quarter, Baylor pushed Kansas State into a 3rd-and-17 at its own three-yard line when Jake Waters found Tyler Lockett for an 18-yard completion. Kansas State scored 10 plays later to pull within 38-27.

The Bears held on for a 38-27 victory, and an 11-point win over a top-10 team in a game where you never trailed (game control!), is a solid victory but, in chasing No. 3 TCU and No. 5 Ohio State, who both will take big victories into Sunday, solid may not be good enough. A 38-27 win is good, but a 45-20 win is even better – and would represent an improvement over the Frogs’ 41-20 win over K-State earlier this season.

The good news? If No. 6 is as high as Baylor rises this season, it’s still a grand slam of a season. Baylor is back-to-back Big 12 champions. It’s 26-3 in its last 29 games. It’s won 16 straight home games.

Oh, and its got a pretty darn good quarterback.

Petty was a ninth-grade science teacher on Saturday night, dissecting creatures all over the place. He set a career high with 34 completions – on only 40 attempts – 412 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Baylor rushed 37 times for 172 times and four touchdowns and out-gained Kansas State 584-403.

And while we’re at it, Baylor was never seriously threatened on Saturday night. They jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never allowed the Wildcats closer than seven points. Xavien Howard put the game away by intercepting Waters at his own 19, allowing the Bears to evaporate the final 5:08.

If not for a titanic effort by Lockett (14 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown) this was a blowout.

But, it wasn’t A 38-27 win is the result Baylor will live with, for the next 13 hours and beyond. It’s good enough to clinch a share of the Big 12 championship, but is it enough for the College Football Playoff selection committee?

We’ll find out soon enough.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.