University of Kansas

Jayhawk report

First quarter

Key play: KU linebacker Steven Johnson recovered a bad option pitch by Baylor's Robert Griffin III at the Baylor 49, which led to a KU touchdown.

Key stat: Baylor had 19 yards of offense.

Second quarter

Key play: A 15-yard facemask penalty on KU's Anthony Davis set Baylor up with a 37-yard field goal that pulled the Bears to within 17-3 at halftime.

Key stat: KU possessed the ball for 22 minutes, 23 seconds in the first half.

Third quarter

Key play: Kansas running back Tony Pierson juked a Baylor defender and burst ahead for a 34-yard touchdown run to put KU up 24-3.

Key stat: Kansas outgained Baylor 310-190 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter

Key play: On KU's potential game-winning drive, Jordan Webb's pass to D.J. Beshears was tipped and intercepted, sending the game to overtime.

Key stat: The Bears put up 290 yards in the fourth quarter.

Overtime

Key play: Trailing 31-30, Kansas decided to go for two and the win. Jordan Webb's pass to Tim Biere fell incomplete.

Key stat: Griffin was responsible for four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Report card

Offense: B. Kansas rushed for 296 yards on 64 carries, and Darrian Miller's 147 yards were impressive. But quarterback Jordan Webb may have cost KU the game with three interceptions. He does not appear to be improving at this point in the season.

Defense: B. The Jayhawks had a fourth-quarter meltdown, but they still held Baylor's explosive offense to 24 points in regulation. KU forced four turnovers.

Special teams: B. Ron Doherty got the nod on field goals and made a 37-yarder in the first quarter. Not much else happened on special teams.

Coaching: B. This was a fiery Turner Gill, yelling at his struggling quarterback and referees after a no-call on a pass interference late in the fourth quarter. His players responded to his emotion, and he won over the locker room with his decision to go for two even though it didn't work out.

Player of the game

Kansas running back Darrian Miller carried 24 times for 147 yards.

Reason to hope

The Jayhawks have now had great chances to beat solid teams Iowa State and Baylor in back-to-back weeks.

Reason to mope

Their inability to win those games may cost Gill his job.

Looking ahead

The Jayhawks travel to College Station to play Texas A&M.

Quote

"It was on our minds a little bit. We try not to worry about it, but it's difficult going through a coaching transition. We've created bonds with these coaches."

—KU linebacker Steven Johnson on Turner Gill's job security

Notes

* Kansas was handed a gift by Baylor before the game even started. At the coin toss, Kansas deferred to the second half. But instead of receiving, the Baylor player said the Bears would kick. That meant that KU would get the ball to start each half.

"Well, it wasn't very good for us," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "It wasn't what we said we wanted to happen. I was a little surprised they didn't let us change it, because the two referees on our side asked me, 'What do you want to do, Coach?' I said we want the ball, but they wouldn't change it. That should never happen."

KU got a field goal on its first drive of the game but did not score to open the third quarter.

* Miller's 147 yards were the most for a KU freshman since 1993 when June Henley ran for 148 against Nebraska.

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