NCAAF Game Recap - Baylor at Rice
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Baylor 21, Rice 13

Sep 21, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

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Baylor (3-0)

7

14

0

0

21

Rice (0-4)

0

3

3

7

13

Brewer throws for 303 yards, TD in Baylor's 21-13 win
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:55 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Baylor was happy to escape with a win against Rice on Saturday night.

The Bears might have been even happier with the wakeup call they received.

Charlie Brewer threw for 303 yards and a touchdown, Denzel Mims caught six passes for 102 yards and Baylor held on to beat Rice 21-13.

"I believe this with all my heart - we needed that game," Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. "We needed that experience."

Brewer threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Chris Platt with five minutes left in the second quarter, and ran for a 25-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left in the first half as the Bears (3-0) built a 21-3 halftime lead. Brewer finished 20 of 27 and rushed 12 times for 58 yards.

"I think it will be good for us in the long run starting next week because it will be a four-quarter game next week," Brewer said. "I thought the defense obviously played really good. The offense, it was frustrating because we couldn't capitalize on a lot of drives."

Platt finished with 85 yards with the touchdown on five catches. Josh Fleeks put Baylor on the board with three minutes left in the first quarter. Baylor outgained Rice 427-242.

"We preached all week that we should expect a fight because obviously, Rice, they're hungry for a win just like everyone else," Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston said. "I'm kind of thankful we had the dogfight today because we had to actually play for four quarters."

Rhule said he thought his team relaxed at the half.

"That's completely on me," Rhule said. "We had as bad a second half as you can have until Denzel makes that great, great play at the end."

Wiley Green finished 13-of-23 passing for 128 yards in his return after missing last week with a neck injury. Tom Stewart was 5 of 8 for 50 yards and rushed for a 21-yard touchdown with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter to pull Rice within eight. Brad Rozner caught seven passes for 100 yards for the Owls (0-4).

"They threw the ball effectively and didn't miss any throws," Rice coach Mike Bloomgren said of his quarterbacks. "They gave our guys a chance."

The Owls had the ball and a chance to tie with three minutes left in the game, but two sacks ended the drive.

"When the game was on the line, and our defense had gotten us the ball back with a chance to tie it, they just came at a level where we couldn't protect the quarterback," Bloomgren said. "They overwhelmed us offensively, and we didn't give ourselves a chance."

The Bears iced the game with a 13-yard pass from Brewer to Mims with a minute left for a first down.

"You're going to have games like this, and good teams find a way to battle through these games," Rhule said. "I've had a lot of games like this where you have to find a way to win."

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: The Bears defense did well throughout the game and kept the Owls offense quiet. The Owls finished with 64 yards rushing. Baylor's defense looks ready for Big 12 play, but the offense went quiet in the second half.

"I've been telling our team this whole week `Hey you better be ready,"' Rhule said. "One of the most dangerous things is a team coming off a big loss. They're going to be ready to play. I thought our defense showed a lot of resolve, and I thought our team showed a lot of resolve at the end of the game, so I'm proud of those things."

Rice: The Owls had two field goals from Will Harrison, but struggled to get in the end zone. Rice had three drives of 10 plays or more, but settled for the two field goals and a turnover on downs. Rice's defense did well to keep the high-powered Baylor offense out of the end zone.

"That was the number one scoring offense coming into the game today, and our defense held them scoreless in the second half," Bloomgren said.

TURN OFF THE LASER

Once in the first half and once in the second half, play was stopped due to a laser being pointed at the offense. In the fourth quarter, play was stopped for around five minutes as officials sought out the culprit.

PRIDE MESSAGE

Rice's marching band played "YMCA" by the Village People as dozens of students and alumni rushed the field with rainbow flags during halftime.

Some LGBTQ students at Baylor and alumni of the private Baptist college in Waco, Texas, are seeking to be recognized by the school.

A Baylor spokeswoman told the Houston Chronicle the college's administration declined earlier this month to officially recognize and charter Gamma Alpha Upsilon, an LGBTQ-student group on campus.

UP NEXT

Baylor: Hosts Iowa State on Saturday to begin Big 12 play.

Rice: Hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday to start Conference USA play.

Passing

Bayl Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Atkinson 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
C. Brewer 27 20 74.1 1 303 50 0 122.9
Rice Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
W. Green 23 13 56.5 0 128 27 0 72.4
T. Stewart 8 5 62.5 0 50 17 0 80.2

Rushing

Bayl Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Brewer 12 58 4.8 25 1
J. Hasty 7 39 5.6 21 0
Rice Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Booker 12 29 2.4 6 0
W. Green 4 18 4.5 8 0

Receiving

Bayl Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Mims 6 102 17.0 35 0
C. Platt 5 85 17.0 50 1
Rice Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Rozner 7 100 14.3 27 0
A. Trammell 2 27 13.5 15 0

Fumbles

Bayl F FL
C. Brewer 1 1
J. Lovett 2 1
Rice F FL
B. Rozner 1 0

Returning

Bayl KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Hasty 1 11.0 0 11 0 - 0 0
J. Lovett 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
Rice KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Trammell 2 20.5 0 26 0 - 0 0

Punting

Bayl Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Power 3 107 35.7 43
Rice Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Barnes 3 135 45.0 53
A. Nunez 1 48 48.0 48

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Bayl Rice
Points For 21 13
Total Yards 427 242
Rushing Yards 124 64
Passing Yards 303 178
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/28 18/31
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 2/1
First Downs 20 17
Penalties - Yards 6/60 1/5
Time Of Possession 45:45 15:15
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/12 8/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 3/36 4/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Bayl Rice
Bayl 11:48 TD Josh Fleeks 6 yd run (John Mayers kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Bayl Rice
Rice 6:51 FG Will Harrison 28 yd FG 7 3
Bayl 9:58 TD Chris Platt 50 yd pass from Charlie Brewer (John Mayers kick) 14 3
Bayl 14:45 TD Charlie Brewer 25 yd run (John Mayers kick) 21 3
3rd Quarter Bayl Rice
Rice 11:10 FG Will Harrison 24 yd FG 21 6
4th Quarter Bayl Rice
Rice 6:18 TD Tom Stewart 21 yd run (Will Harrison kick) 21 13

Game Information

Stadium: Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 20,198
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