It took just one quarter for Baylor to rescue its hope for this season.
Following a rough 44-point loss at West Virginia, Baylor was faced with the task of winning two of its final four games in order to get bowl eligible — all against programs that defeated the Bears last season.
Oklahoma State then jumped ahead of Baylor by 10 points late in the third quarter on Saturday in Waco.
That’s when Baylor coach Matt Rhule inserted sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer into the game and everything turned around.
On Brewer’s first snap, he handed to running back John Lovett, who sprinted 75 yards to the house.
Brewer kept the Bears’ offense moving throughout the fourth quarter. His two touchdown passes, including the six-yard game-winner to Denzel Mims with seven seconds remaining, lifted Baylor to a 35-31 victory.
All of a sudden, Bears fans realized their team is just one win away from becoming bowl eligible. Though a low standard for many programs, Baylor winning six games and going bowling would signify a fantastic turnaround from a 1-11 season in 2017.
That’s what’s on fans’ minds and perhaps the Baylor players as well. But Rhule maintains it’s not his focus.
“I am so simple with the way that I look at it,” Rhule said during his Monday press conference. “I think that if we take it away from just blocking and tackling and constantly focused on external things we won’t be ready for what is in front of us.”
That’s the Iowa State Cyclones. Baylor travels to Iowa State for an afternoon kickoff on Saturday.