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Baylor vs. Kansas: Bears get first Big 12 win

A trip to Lawrence was exactly the antidote a struggling Baylor team needed, as the Bears rolled the Jayhawks 41-14 on Saturday.

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Baylor vs. Kansas final: Bears win 41-14

While the Kansas Jayhawks managed to keep it close in the first half, they couldn't keep up with the Baylor Bears in the second half as they lost 41-14 in a game that was delayed for 30 minutes due to a lightning strike in the area.

The Bears got out to a hot start as Nick Florence threw two touchdown passes in the first five minutes of the game to take a 14-0 lead. However, the Jayhawks responded with a 59-yard rushing touchdown by James Sims before a 22-yard touchdown run by Michael Cummings cut the score to 17-14.

At the time of the delay, KU trailed 20-14, but the Bears scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to get well out of the reach of the Jayhawks.

Although the Jayhawks found some success on the ground, the large deficit proved especially difficult for KU to close as their passing game struggled mightily against Baylor. Cummings completed just 8 of 18 attempts for 78 yards and threw two interceptions. He was eventually replaced by Dayne Crist, who didn't fare much better, completing 2 of 7 attempts.

Box Score Hero: Baylor's Nick Florence completed 25 of 40 passes for 335 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also adding 41 yards rushing and a touchdown on 8 rushing attempts.

Rankings Ramifications: The Bears were not ranked as they entered the week and a win over Kansas, no matter how convincing, is very unlikely to earn them a spot in the top 25 of the BCS standings.

But Did They Cover? Baylor was favored by 17 over the Jayhawks and managed to cover that with 24 unanswered points to finish the game and pull away to a 27-point margin of victory.

Next Week's Schedule: The Bears will begin the first of four consecutive games against opponents that are currently ranked with a trip to play Oklahoma on the road, while the Jayhawks will try to snap their eight-game losing streak against Texas Tech.

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Bears take 34-14 lead enter 4th quarter

Quarterback Nick Florence has already thrown for 277 yards and two touchdowns to help the Baylor Bears earn a 34-14 lead over the Kansas Jayhawks in a Big 12 Conference football game that has reached the end of the third quarter.

Though the Bears (3-4, 0-4 Big 12) have been successful through the air, it was a pair of third-quarter rushing touchdowns that pushed Baylor's lead to 20 points.

The first was a 1-yard rush by quarterback Bryce Petty with 10:59 to go in the third quarter, while the second was a 7-yard keeper by Florence, which came with 2:24 remaining.

In the third quarter, the Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5) had four offensive possessions and none made it inside Baylor territory. Two of those Kansas possessions ended with interceptions thrown by quarterback Michael Cummings, who's 8-for-17 with 78 yards.

Baylor will begin the fourth quarter with the ball inside its own territory.

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Bears lead Jayhawks, 20-14, at halftime

A pair of throwing touchdowns by quarterback Nick Florence and field goals by Aarron Jones has helped the Baylor Bears earn a 20-14 halftime lead over the Kansas Jayhawks in a Big 12 Conference football game at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Florence completed both his touchdown passes in the first quarter. The first was a 11-yarder to Terrance Williams while the second was a big 68-yard catch-and-run to Lache Seastrunk.

Jones nailed field goals from 35 and 22 yards out, the last capped the first half's scoring with 1:02 remaining in the second quarter and gave the Bears a six-point lead heading into the locker room.

Kansas' two scores came on a 59-yard rush from running back James Sims, who scored in the first quarter, and a 22-yard rush by Michael Cummings, who trimmed Baylor's lead to 17-14 with 5:46 to go in the second quarter.

The Jayhawks will receive the ball to start the second half.

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Baylor leads KU, 17-7, after 1st quarter

Two passing touchdowns from quarterback Nick Florence and a 35-yard field goal by Aaron Jones has helped the Baylor Bears take a 17-7 lead over the Kansas Jayhawks in a Big 12 Conference football game that has reached the end of the first quarter.

The Bears (3-4, 0-4 Big 12) scored the game's first 14 points thanks to a pair of touchdown throws by Florence. The senior found Terrance Williams on a 11-yard scoring play that capped a 11-play, 84-yard drive that came on the game's opening possession.

Then, after a defensive stop, Florence found Lache Seastrunk for a 68-yard catch-and-run. An extra point by Jones gave Baylor an early 14-0 lead with 10:09 to go in the first quarter.

Kansas (1-7, 0-5) trimmed the margin to 14-7 with a 58-yard rushing touchdown by running back James Sims.

Jones' field goal came with 3:57 to go in the first quarter and ended 10-play, 58-yard drive.

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