Key play: Early in the first quarter, Baylor receiver Corey Coleman hauled in a short pass, made KU safety Cassius Sendish whiff, and then sprinted 72 yards for the first touchdown of the afternoon.
Key stat: Baylor had 191 total yards.
Key play: On fourth and goal from the 1, the Kansas defense put just 10 men on the field as Baylor punched in a touchdown to push the score to 36-7 with 3:28 left in the half.
Key stat: KU lost three fumbles.
Key play: Baylor poured it on with a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Petty to Corey Coleman with 10:26 left in the third quarter.
Key stat: Kansas had 11 rushing yards in three quarters.
Key play: Baylor ground out the clock for most of the quarter, but added one final touchdown run from backup quarterback Seth Russell with 13:56 left.
Key stat: Baylor rushed for 326 yards.
Player of the game: Baylor running back Devin Chafin averaged 8 yards per carry while finishing with two touchdowns. He led a rushing-attack-by-committee that racked up 326 yards on the ground.
Reason to hope: What could be the Jayhawks’ last winnable game — Iowa State at home — is finally up next on the schedule.
Reason to mope: Yes, the schedule. After facing Iowa State at home, Kansas will finish with TCU at home and road trips to Oklahoma and Kansas State.
Looking ahead: Former Kansas coach Mark Mangino makes his return to Lawrence as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator. The Jayhawks will play host to Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
After an early moment of hope — quarterback Michael Cummings hit Nick Harwell on a 28-yard touchdown strike — the Jayhawks’ offense went dark. The first-half turnovers (three fumbles) were crippling. So was the running game, which produced 0 total yards in the first half.
The defense was put in many precarious situations, but still managed to hold Baylor to field goals on four possessions during the first half. In the end, though, Baylor had too much firepower. The Bears could have put up 700 yards and 70 points, if they were motivated.
There were no major coverage breakdowns in the return game, so that was a net positive. Punter Trevor Pardula averaged 44.4 yards on five punts. JaCorey Shepherd had a 27-yard kickoff return.
The Jayhawks were outmanned, but for the first time since Clint Bowen took over, the Jayhawks made some costly mental mistakes. Too many penalties. Too many fumbles. That resulted in KU’s 28th straight road loss.