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Brewer helps Baylor beat Vanderbilt 45-38 in Texas Bowl
HOUSTON (AP) — Before Baylor faced Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl on Thursday night, coach Matt Rhule asked his players to think about where they were a year ago after the team finished 1-11.
Baylor looks to reach 7 wins against Vandy in Texas Bowl
Texas Bowl: Baylor (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6) at Houston, Thursday, 9 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Vanderbilt by 4.
Series Record: Baylor leads 2-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Baylor looks for its seventh win a year after winning just one game and the Commodores need a victory to reach seven wins for the first time since going 9-4 in 2013.
Winners of the Texas APSE HS football player of the year
Winners of the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors player of the year award:
Texas Bowl Matchup
Baylor (6-6, Big 12) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6, SEC), Dec. 27, 9 p.m. EST.
Baylor: QB Charlie Brewer, 2,635 yards, 17 TDs passing, 266 yards, 6 TDs rushing.
Vanderbilt: RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, 1,001 yards rushing, 10 TDs; 13 catches, 170 yards, 2 TDs receiving.
Baylor: The Bears went 1-11 under first-year coach Matt Rhule last season. They bounced back this season and beat Texas Tech in their regular-season finale to become bowl-eligible.
Baylor gets bowl eligible with 35-24 win over Texas Tech
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Brewer was going to play more games for Baylor no matter what happened Saturday. Now the sophomore quarterback gets to go to a bowl with the seniors who stuck around through some tough times.
Brewer threw for 308 yards with three touchdowns and ran for a score as the Bears beat Texas Tech 35-24 in the regular season finale to get bowl eligible a year after winning only one game.
No. 23 Iowa State looks for 5th straight win vs Baylor
Baylor (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) at No. 23 Iowa State (5-3, 4-2, No. 22 CFP), 3:30 EST (FS1).
Line: Iowa State by 14½
Series record: Baylor leads 9-7.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Iowa State still has a shot at the Big 12 title game, but it can't afford any more slipups after a 1-3 start. Baylor can become bowl eligible, which would be huge for a young roster coming off a 1-11 season.
Brewer TD with 7 seconds left, Baylor 35-31 over Oklahoma St
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer started the week in concussion protocol and didn't get his usual snaps with the first-team offense in practice. And he didn't play the first three quarters against the Cowboys on Saturday.
When Brewer finally got in the game, he helped the Bears rally to beat Oklahoma State.
"It was time," coach Matt Rhule said of the decision to put Brewer in the game.
Baylor QB Brewer in concussion protocol before Oklahoma St
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor starting quarterback Charlie Brewer is in a concussion protocol and his status is uncertain for Saturday's home game against Oklahoma State.
Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that Brewer is under a doctor's care while going through the steps of the protocol.
After first loss, No. 13 WVU looks to bounce back vs Bears
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 13 West Virginia is well aware that Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer is a pain to contain.
Brewer almost pulled off a miracle comeback as a freshman against the Mountaineers (5-1, 3-1 Big 12), who are hoping for anything but a repeat when they host the Bears (4-3, 2-2) on Thursday night.
No. 9 Texas looks to avoid upset vs. Baylor after big win
Baylor (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) at No. 9 Texas (5-1, 3-0) 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Texas by 14.
Series record: Texas leads 76-26-4
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Texas can get bowl-eligible with a win. That hasn't happened for the Longhorns in mid-October since 2009. A Baylor win would knock the air out of Texas' surge back to the top of the Big 12 and would put the Bears back among the league front-runners in coach Matt Rhule's second season.
Baylor beats K-State on Martin’s FG with 8 seconds left
WACO, Texas (AP) — A rough day for Baylor kicker Connor Martin ended with a game-winning field goal.
Martin missed three field goal attempts and an extra point, but his third made field goal was a 29-yarder with eight seconds left Saturday to give the Bears a 37-34 win over Kansas State.
Brewer has 3 TD passes for Baylor in 26-7 win over Kansas
WACO, Texas (AP) — Charlie Brewer made it easy for Baylor to stick primarily with one quarterback in the Big 12 opener.
After Brewer and graduate transfer Jalan McClendon shared snaps extensively the first three games, Brewer threw three touchdowns and played all but the final series for the Bears in a 26-7 victory on Saturday that ended a rare winning streak by Kansas.
Brewer throws for 3 TDs, leads Baylor past UTSA, 37-20
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Before the season, Baylor coach Matt Rhule chose to alternate two quarterbacks, sophomore Charlie Brewer and senior Jalan McClendon.
Rhule has seen nothing yet that would induce him to pick one as his full-time guy. Brewer passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns, and Baylor defeated Texas-San Antonio 37-20 Saturday night. He completed 23 of 34 pass attempts.
Baylor QB spot still up for grabs between Brewer, McClendon
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor's depth chart lists returning starter Charlie Brewer or graduate transfer Jalan McClendon as the quarterback, and coach Matt Rhule still isn't ready to say which one will take the first snap of the season.
"I probably won't name a starter until Friday night to the guys. I'm going to see how they prepare all week. I think both guys have been awesome," Rhule said Monday. "Both guys have played at such a high level all camp, they've pushed each other."
Baylor offense vs. TCU defense
TCU, Baylor QBs: Texas 6A champs to Big 12 in less than year
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Shawn Robinson and Charlie Brewer played in the same NFL stadium on the same day just more than 11 months ago. They were in different championship games.
The two Texas Class 6A high school state champion quarterbacks are now Big 12 freshmen and could play in the same regular-season finale.
Baylor after 1st win plays sliding Texas Tech in Cows’ home
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Brewer won a Texas Class 6A high school state championship game the last time he played at the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. That was less than 11 months ago.
Brewer will be back at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, making his second start as Baylor's quarterback a week after their first victory under coach Matt Rhule.
Baylor routs lowly Kansas 38-9 for first win of season
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Matt Rhule instituted a dress code for road games when he took over at Baylor, requiring each of his players to wear crisp suits and nice ties before and after their games.
The one exception: Sweats are allowed heading home from a win.
The die-hard Baylor fans who stuck around late Saturday night weren’t celebrating a Big 12 championship or even an emotional win in the final seconds at McLane Stadium.
They’ve done that before for more successful Baylor squads in recent years.
When they stood up and cheered for this Baylor squad, freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer had just been sacked on a two-point conversion attempt that sealed the Bears’ 38-36 loss to No. 22 West Virginia.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule said sophomore Zach Smith remained the starting quarterback as of Monday, but the competition with freshman Charlie Brewer will continue throughout the week leading up to Saturday’s game against Texas at McLane Stadium.
With Smith nursing a stomach flu, Brewer stepped in at the end of the third quarter against West Virginia last Saturday with the Bears trailing, 38-13.
Baylor dropped its seventh straight game this season, but the freshmen gave Baylor coach Matt Rhule a lot of reasons to be excited about the future of the program.
Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer led the Bears to 23 fourth-quarter points by hitting eight of 13 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns and rushing 10 times for 48 yards.
No. 23 West Virginia survives at Baylor, 38-36
WACO, Texas (AP) — Nobody has to tell West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson that Baylor can put up points in a hurry. The Mountaineers gave up 62 and 73 points in their first two trips to Waco.
But Holgerson didn't expect his team would need to stop a two-point conversion and recover an onside kick to win after carrying a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter all while facing a freshman quarterback.
Baylor notebook: Brewer makes 1st appearance; Galitz gets injured; Lovett, Mims step up
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Baylor freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer burned his redshirt when he made a brief appearance in the second quarter of Saturday’s 33-20 loss to Kansas State.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule was trying to give Kansas State a different look, but Brewer was nailed for a 1-yard loss on his only run before starter Zach Smith returned to the game.
Brewer is Baylor’s backup quarterback since Anu Solomon is under concussion protocol.
Baylor QB Solomon in concussion protocol; Smith, Brewer 1-2
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Anu Solomon is going through his team's concussion protocol because of symptoms he felt after the last game.
Bears coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday that Solomon "felt banged up, felt beat up" when he came in the day after a 17-10 loss to UTSA.
Rhule had already announced sophomore Zach Smith as the starting quarterback when the Bears, 0-2 for the first time since 2003, play at Duke on Saturday. True freshman Charlie Brewer will be the backup.