DieHards is counting down each Big 12 team’s best moment from the 2017 college football season, whether fun, momentous or disastrous. Next up is the Baylor Bears.
Baylor’s 2017 season didn’t go quite as planned. Vegas projected the Bears to win eight games this season, but that didn’t quite happen.
But during their homecoming game against West Virginia, the future almost came to fruition.
The Bears went down 38-13 in the third quarter of their game against the Mountaineers. It appeared to be one of the low points of the season — and perhaps even as a program. Especially after getting blown out in Stillwater by Oklahoma State the previous week, Baylor fans were ready to turn.
Then, at the start of the fourth quarter, Coach Matt Rhule threw in freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer. The former Lake Travis star got some mop-up duty at the end of the Oklahoma State game, but Brewer largely had not taken any meaningful college football snaps.
On his first play — the last of the third quarter — Brewer ran for 10 yards to move the chains. JaMycal Hasty followed it up with an 18-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Then, Brewer threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Trestan Ebner. That might have been it, but Rhule aggressively called a onside kick, which proved successful. Two plays later, Ebner ran for another touchdown to make it 38-27 with 13:50 remaining.
The defense quickly caused a three-and-out, which gave Baylor the ball at its 25-yard line. Baylor drove down the field for a field goal, and then forced another punt five plays into West Virginia’s next drive.
Brewer led yet another touchdown drive, which cut West Virginia’s lead to 38-36 with just a 2-point conversion attempt left. If the Bears completed it, it would have been one of the biggest comebacks in team history. Even the 61-58 comeback vs. TCU in 2014 was from a 21-point deficit. This game was from 25 down.
The production of the Bears in the fourth quarter under Brewer was scintillating. On 32 snaps in the fourth quarter, Baylor netted 230 yards and 7.2 yards per play. After producing 13 points on their first 10 possessions of the game, the Bears scored on each fourth-quarter possession.
Baylor unfortunately failed on the 2-point conversion, but the fan base was electrified regardless. The Bears had their quarterback of the future in Brewer. Two games later, Rhule gave Brewer his first start against Kansas. It just happened to be the Bears’ lone win of the season.
Make sure and keep tuned to DieHards for the best moment for each remaining Big 12 team in the coming days.
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