INSTANT REACTION: Bears' clutch plays top K-State

Bears wide receiver Jalen Hurd (5) dives past Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Justin Hughes (32) for a one-yard touchdown during the second half at McLane Stadium.Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports


The Baylor Bears made clutch plays when they had to have them in the fourth quarter to grasp a 37-34 victory over Kansas State at McLane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kansas State led 27-20 with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter after quarterback Skylar Thompson got loose and ran 52 yards for a touchdown.

But the Bears responded with a series of clutch plays.

Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims showed amazing concentration to come down with a tipped ball in the corner of the end zone for the tying touchdown with 8:32 remaining.

Bears safety Christian Morgan came up with an interception of a Thompson pass to stop a Wildcat drive and gave Baylor excellent field position.

And running back Craig Williams stayed on his feet and in bounds to finish a 21-yard touchdown run that put Baylor in front, 34-27, with 6:41 left.

But the Wildcats kept coming with big plays. Kansas State scored all five of its touchdowns on plays of 28 yards or longer. Thompson hit Dalvin Warmack for a 28-yard touchdown to tie the game at 34 with 4:26 to go.

That set up Bears kicker Connor Martin for the final clutch performance. Martin, who missed three field goals earlier in the contest, sent a 29-yarder through the uprights with eight seconds left.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer passed for 296 yards and kept the Bears clicking on offense most of the day. He completed 5 of 5 passes for 44 yards and ran for 10-yards on Baylor’s game-winning 76-yard scoring drive.