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BYU Has No Answer For Baylor Rushing Attack, Falls to Bears

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor dominated the line of scrimmage as BYU fell to Baylor 38-24 Saturday afternoon in Waco.

Baylor had 534 yards of total offense, including 303 yards on the ground, as the Jeff Grimes’ offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Running back Abram Smith rushed for 188 yards and 3 TDs and his running mate Trestan Ebner added 95 rushing yards.

BYU had some momentum at the beginning of the second half when Jaren Hall ran the ball 56 yards for a TD to cut the Baylor lead to 17-14, but Baylor immediately responded with a TD and never looked back.

One bright spot for BYU was the play of WR Puka Nacua, who had 5 catches for 168 yards and 1 touchdown. Jaren Hall had a nice day and threw for a career high 342 yards, but BYU didn’t convert enough 3rd downs in key opportunities to keep up with the Baylor offense. The 342 passing yards was a season high, but BYU could muster only 67 yards on the ground, including 33 yards on 15 carries from Tyler Allgeier.

BYU moves to 5-2 with the loss and travels to Pullman next week to take on Washington State.