- By Kevin Lyttle American-Statesman Staff
Baylor sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer left Saturday’s opener with an injury, but coach Matt Rhule said Monday that the former Lake Travis High star is good to go.
“Charlie hurt his back, and we wanted to get a scan,” Rhule said. “The results turned out fine, and we expect him back at practice and full speed going into this week.”
The news wasn’t so good for starting left tackle Josh Malin. The senior from Cibolo Steele, hurt on the second play of the Bears’ 55-27 win over Abilene Christian, has an MCL injury and will be out at least four weeks, according to Rhule.
The coach said he will continue to play both Brewer and North Carolina State transfer Jalan McClendon this Saturday at UTSA.
“We were pleased with the way both quarterbacks played. Both made explosive plays,” Rhule said.
McClendon was sharper, completing 10 of 13 passes for 173 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Brewer was 8 of 15 for 138 with no TDs and one pick.
Tech QB out: McLane Carter of Texas Tech suffered a high ankle sprain against Ole Miss. Coach Kliff Kingsbury did not have an update or timetable on his starting quarterback, but that injury typically keeps a player out for at least several weeks. Carter was 4 of 7 for 49 yards before being knocked out.
Freshman Alan Bowman played well in relief, completing 29 of 49 passes for 273 yards with one TD and no INTs. Bowman figures to start against Lamar, although dual-threat Jett Duffey could see some time.
Stinging defeat: Kingsbury said he was “frustrated and embarrassed” by the 47-27 loss to Ole Miss. He chronicled a long list of mistakes by the Red Raiders, who seemed to lack discipline and focus. Kingsbury came into the season on national lists of “coaches on the hot seat.”
He said what? Tom Herman was widely panned for saying Texas looked better than a year ago after another loss to Maryland. David Beaty of Kansas raised eyebrows with his comments after the Jayhawks suffered a disastrous defeat to lower-level Nicholls of the Southland Conference.
“That’s a good football team over there,” he said of Nicholls. “We knew it would take every single thing we’ve got. We knew they had a bunch of talent. We knew they had a dadgum good defense. We knew they would be very, very difficult to handle. … The sun is going to come up tomorrow.”
Beaty is now 3-34 at Kansas.
Storm casualty: Iowa State’s opener against South Dakota State was canceled by persistent thunderstorms. But the Jackrabbits still got their $425,000 payday since four minutes of the game were played. Kyle Kempt fired a 55-yard TD pass for the Cyclones before the storms arrived. Iowa State, concerned about bowl eligibility, will try to find a late-season replacement game.
“It takes an emotional toll on your team, but you can’t control what happened,” coach Matt Campbell said. “It would have been nice to get the game in to work on fundamentals, execution. But our guys did get a small taste of it.”
They’ve got Iowa next.
Extra points: Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley offered few details on backup QB Austin Kendall’s leg injury, other than to say, “He shouldn’t be out too long.” … West Virginia starting linebacker Charlie Benton will miss the season with a torn-up knee. … TCU lost a second defensive back with reserve CB Michael Onyenmaobi out for the year with an unspecified injury. Safety Atanza Vongor also is sidelined for 2018.