WACO, Texas (AP) – Seth Russell threw two touchdowns and ran for two more while playing only the first half, Ryan Reid returned the first of his two interceptions for a score and No. 11 Baylor remained undefeated with a 49-7 win over Kansas on Saturday.
Shock Linwood’s 4-yard score on the first play after a Kansas fumble was his 36th career rushing touchdown and broke a tie with Alfred Anderson for the most in school history. Linwood was already the career rushing leader for the Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12).
Kansas (1-5, 0-3) had five turnovers that led to 21 points for the Bears. The Jayhawks have lost 15 Big 12 games in a row, and dropped 36 consecutive road games since winning at UTEP seven years ago.
Reid’s 64-yard interception return ended the first offensive drive for Kansas and gave the Bears a 14-0 lead. He returned a pick in the second quarter 52 yards to the Jayhawks 19, but Baylor then had the first of its three missed field goals.
The Bears led 42-0 after Russell’s last pass, a 4-yard TD to Ishmael Zamora with 1:45 left in the first half.
Russell, 14-0 when starting for Baylor, was 9-of-22 passing for 144 yards. He led the Bears with 68 yards rushing, and got flipped after he leaped in the end zone for a 26-yard TD when converting a fourth-and-3 to make it 21-0 in the first quarter.
Kansas: It’s not a good day when the highlight is probably the 82-yard punt by Cole Moos , who had the wind to his back and had the ball roll to the Baylor 3 after a great bounce off the turf. Sure, the Jayhawks were five-touchdown underdogs, but this was a bit of a backward step for second-year coach David Beaty’s team. They were also big underdogs a week earlier in a one-point loss at home to TCU after missing three field goals in the fourth quarter.
Baylor: While the Bears are already bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive season, and the only FBS team to be 6-0 for the fourth year in a row, they haven’t really been tested. The only team with a winning record they’ve played this year is Oklahoma State, which had four turnovers and two fourth-quarter drives end inside the 5. The other Baylor opponents went into Saturday with a combined 5-22 record, and that doesn’t even include the Kansas loss in Waco. The Bears will get tested, still with No. 19 Oklahoma and No. 20 West Virginia on the road.
Kansas: Plays four of its next five games at home, starting next Saturday against Oklahoma St.
Baylor: Another open date before playing at Texas on Oct. 29.