On Saturday afternoon the Jayhawks and Jake Heaps were at home for their toughest test of the season against the No. 8 Baylor Bears. It was a test they failed miserably in a 59-14 loss in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis once again decided to go with a two-quarterback system but neither quarterback had any kind of success.
Before the Bears’ offense got going, Heaps had two drives to get the Kansas offense started on the right foot. Unfortunately, Heaps didn’t complete a pass on either drive on five attempts, including two big drops.
It was at that point the Baylor offense got rolling and Heaps found the bench.
Baylor ran just four plays before quarterback Bryce Petty found wide receiver Tevin Reese for a 62-yard score.
The Jayhawks brought freshman quarterback Montell Cozart under center with the same success as Heaps provided: none, and the Bears blew the game wide open.
The Baylor offense made quick work of the KU defense after Cozart’s first three and out. They moved the ball 84 yards on four plays in just 51 seconds of play to find the end zone on a 29-yard touchdown by Lache Seastrunk.
Cozart was on the field again and moved the Jayhawks one yard before giving the ball back to the explosive Baylor offense. This time the Bears had to use seven plays and 92 seconds to find pay dirt on a 14-yard touchdown scamper by running back Glasco Martin. That score gave Baylor a 21-0 lead, which effectively put the game out of reach for the Jayhawks with only 11 minutes gone in the game.
Cozart was back under center and finally gave the Jayhawk faithful some hope. They moved the ball down the field 46 yards on 11 plays before failing on a 4th and 1 at the Baylor 30-yard line.
Baylor found the end zone again just 41 seconds later for a 28-0 lead.
Before Heaps could attempt his sixth pass of the game, the Jayhawks were in a 31-0 hole with time still remaining in the second quarter. On that drive, Heaps completed two passes for 26 yards before punting the ball back to one of the best offenses in college football. By the time the first 30 minutes of play got finished, the Bears had put 38 points on the board while the Jayhawks offense could only muster one drive more than 38 yards.
The second half started out much like the first half ended. With Heaps back under center, the Jayhawks managed two first downs before giving it back to Baylor. It took only three plays for the Bears to march 80 yards for their sixth touchdown of the day.
The Jayhawks went three and out again but this time Baylor gave the ball back to Kansas on a fumble by Martin.
The Kansas fans finally had something to cheer about as the Jayhawk offense moved the ball 64 yards down the field with Cozart under center for their first touchdown of the game. It came on a 22-yard run by Brandon Bourbon to narrow the cap to just 38.
With all the Baylor back-ups on the field, Kansas had to chance to cut the Baylor lead after getting a stop, but Cozart fumbled the ball on the first play at the KU 19-yard line, which the Bears turned into another touchdown.
The fourth quarter finally saw Heaps lead the Jayhawks to the end zone. Kansas got the ball on the Baylor 20 after a great punt return and took advantage. After two negative plays left KU with a third and 20, Heaps was able to find Rodriguez Coleman for a 30-yard touchdown.
On a day where Heaps was on the bench more than he was in the game, he completed just 7 of 19 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. The other Kansas quarterback, Montell Cozart, finished just 4 of 14 for 69 yards and a fumble.
With the loss, Kansas falls to 2-5 on the season, including 0-4 in the Big 12.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Jayhawks as they travel to a completely revitalized Texas Longhorns team in Austin, Texas, next Saturday.