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Liberty shocks Baylor 48-45 in Rhule's debut for Bears

WACO, Texas (AP) Matt Rhule said he didn't see any finger-pointing or yelling after his coaching debut for Baylor ended with the Bears losing to a lower-division opponent for just the second time ever.

The son of a minister and football coach already knew there was plenty of work to do following a sexual assault scandal that rocked the nation's largest Baptist university near the height of its Big 12 success.

Stephen Calvert threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns and Liberty opened its final FCS season with a stunning 48-45 win over the Bears on Saturday night.

''You didn't see any guys in the locker room saying, `Hey defense you did this. Hey offense you did this,''' Rhule said. ''You saw a bunch of guys that said, `Hey this is what happened. Let's move forward.' Hoping every guy in this room says, `Hey what could I have done differently.' If we all have that approach, we'll be fine.''

The Bears lost their seventh straight regular-season game since starting 6-0 last season, while a 19-game regular-season winning streak against nonconference opponents ended.

Rhule was hired after a year with interim coach Jim Grobe following the scandal that led to the firing of two-time Big 12-winning coach Art Briles. The Bears lost an opener for the first time since Briles' first game in 2008.

Baylor's only other loss to a lower-division team was 18-17 to Division I-AA Lamar in the 1981 opener, when the Bears were coming off one of two Southwest Conference championships under Grant Teaff, the school's winningest coach.

''This was not what we wanted tonight,'' said Rhule, hired after consecutive 10-win seasons during a four-year stint at Temple. ''It does not mean I'm not proud of them. I put this on me. I put this on the coaches. It's our job to get it fixed.''

The matchup of private Christian schools was a big win for Liberty and athletic director Ian McCaw, who resigned the same job at Baylor last year after a scathing report over the school's handling of sexual assault cases involving football players.

It was also a boost for coach Turner Gill, who flamed out in the Big 12 after just two losing seasons at Kansas.

''He's here at Liberty University, so we're all in it together,'' Gill said of McCaw. ''We work well together, and he's a tremendous leader. I appreciate him, and we're going to continue to work and have many more.''

Calvert, the sophomore quarterback guiding the Flames at the start of a two-year transition to FBS, also ran for a score while helping Liberty to its first win over a Big 12 school and fifth against an FBS opponent. Calvert was 44 of 60 without an interception.

Antonio Gandy-Golden had career highs of 13 catches and 192 yards receiving with two touchdowns, including a 13-yarder that put Liberty ahead for good at 34-31 late in the third quarter.

The teams traded touchdowns twice in the fourth quarter, starting with Calvert's 8-yard run on a broken play for a 10-point lead. The Bears twice got within three points on touchdown runs from John Lovett, who had 89 yards after starting running back JaMycal Hasty left in the first half with a lower-extremity injury.

The Flames ran out all but 32 seconds of the final five minutes. Anu Solomon's desperation pass as the clock expired was intercepted around the 10-yard line by Calvert, in the game to defend the Hail Mary.

THE TAKEAWAY

Liberty: A huge boost as the Flames start the process of transitioning to FBS, and Gill left no doubt that he thought it would help recruiting. ''Liberty's brand name just went out pretty strong across the country, not just for football, but for the whole school,'' he said.

Baylor: Clearly Rhule understands it's not getting any easier after taking the job with just one recruit as a result of the fallout from the assault scandal. The Bears' first three Big 12 games are against teams currently ranked, two of them in the top 10.

ANOTHER DEBUT

Like Rhule, Solomon was making his Baylor debut as a graduate transfer from Arizona. And he was solid, throwing for 278 yards and three touchdowns and leading the Bears with 97 yards rushing on six carries (16.2 average). His lone interception was a miscommunication with a receiver, and Chris Turner returned it 32 yards to break a 17-17 tie three plays into the second half.

100-YARD DAYS

Carrington Mosley helped keep the Liberty offense moving with 122 yards rushing on 28 carries. Baylor's Chris Platt had 102 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder that gave the Bears their last lead at 31-27 in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Liberty: The Flames begin pursuit of an FCS playoff berth in their final season of eligibility at home against Morehead State next Saturday.

Baylor: The Bears face an opponent for the first time for the second straight week in a visit from UTSA next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:00
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
48
45
Touchdown 5:00
7-J.Lovett runs 34 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
-15
yds
01:03
pos
48
44
Point After TD 6:12
10-A.Probert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
48
38
Touchdown 6:12
12-S.Calvert complete to 16-S.Jones. 16-S.Jones runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
7
yds
04:27
pos
47
38
Point After TD 10:44
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
38
Touchdown 10:44
7-J.Lovett runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
17
yds
01:27
pos
41
37
Point After TD 12:11
10-A.Probert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
31
Touchdown 12:11
12-S.Calvert scrambles runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
-15
yds
02:30
pos
40
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:30
10-A.Probert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
31
Touchdown 0:30
12-S.Calvert complete to 11-A.Gandy-Golden. 11-A.Gandy-Golden runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
73
yds
4:46
pos
33
31
Point After TD 5:48
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
31
Touchdown 5:48
12-A.Solomon complete to 14-C.Platt. 14-C.Platt runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
0:00
pos
27
30
Field Goal 5:53
10-A.Probert 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
65
yds
2:46
pos
27
24
Point After TD 13:31
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 13:31
12-A.Solomon complete to 14-C.Platt. 14-C.Platt runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
47
yds
00:22
pos
24
23
Point After TD 13:53
10-A.Probert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
17
Touchdown 14:02
12-A.Solomon incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 39-C.Turner at BAY 32. 39-C.Turner runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
73
yds
00:58
pos
23
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:17
96-C.Martin 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
25
yds
04:55
pos
17
17
Field Goal 5:22
10-A.Probert 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
10
yds
04:16
pos
17
14
Point After TD 9:38
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 9:38
33-J.Hasty runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
17
yds
02:00
pos
14
13
Two Point Conversion 11:38
21-M.Lewis to BAY End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 11:38
12-S.Calvert complete to 11-A.Gandy-Golden. 11-A.Gandy-Golden runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:21
pos
12
7
Point After TD 13:59
96-C.Martin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
7
Touchdown 14:07
12-A.Solomon complete to 15-D.Mims. 15-D.Mims runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
2:46
pos
6
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:40
10-A.Probert 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
14
yds
02:19
pos
6
0
Field Goal 11:32
10-A.Probert 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
23
yds
03:24
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 33 22
Rushing 9 10
Passing 22 9
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 15-24 4-12
4th Down Conv 2-2 2-2
Total Net Yards 581 532
Total Plays 103 64
Avg Gain 5.6 8.3
Net Yards Rushing 137 254
Rush Attempts 43 34
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 7.5
Net Yards Passing 444 278
Comp. - Att. 44-60 14-30
Yards Per Pass 7.4 9.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-3 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-108 10-90
Touchdowns 5 6
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 3 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 3-40.3 4-41.0
Return Yards 71 53
Punts - Returns 1--3 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-44 3-53
Int. - Returns 2-30 0-0
Kicking 8/8 7/7
Extra Points 4/4 6/6
Field Goals 4/4 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Liberty 1-0 611171448
Baylor 0-1 017141445
444 PASS YDS 278
137 RUSH YDS 254
581 TOTAL YDS 532
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Calvert 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.3% 447 3 0 152.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.3% 447 3 0 152.4
S. Calvert 44/60 447 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Mosley 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 121 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 121 0
C. Mosley 28 121 0 36
F. Hickson 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 17 0
F. Hickson 8 17 0 6
S. Calvert 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 0 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 0 1
S. Calvert 6 0 1 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Gandy-Golden 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 192 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 192 2
A. Gandy-Golden 13 192 2 40
Da. King 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 66 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 66 0
Da. King 10 66 0 14
C. Reddick 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 48 0
C. Reddick 4 48 0 20
M. Fitzgerald 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 47 0
M. Fitzgerald 6 47 0 12
S. Jones 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 26 1
S. Jones 1 26 1 26
D. Stubbs 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 19 0
D. Stubbs 3 19 0 10
C. Mosley 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
C. Mosley 2 18 0 12
L. McConnell 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
L. McConnell 1 12 0 12
T. Kennedy 36 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
T. Kennedy 1 9 0 9
Z. Foutz 40 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
Z. Foutz 1 6 0 6
K. Matthews 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 4 0
K. Matthews 2 4 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Turner 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Turner 0-0 0.0 1
B. Tillmon 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
B. Tillmon 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Probert 10 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 4/4
SEASON FG XP
4/4 4/4
A. Probert 4/4 41 4/4 16
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Turner 35 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 40.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 40.3 1
T. Turner 3 40.3 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
F. Hickson 23 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 27 0
F. Hickson 2 22.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Da. King 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 0 0
Da. King 1 -3.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Solomon 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.3% 278 3 1 156.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.3% 278 3 1 156.0
A. Solomon 14/29 278 3 1
Z. Smith 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
Z. Smith 0/1 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Solomon 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 96 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 96 0
A. Solomon 6 96 0 44
J. Lovett 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 90 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 90 2
J. Lovett 14 90 2 34
J. Hasty 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 56 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 56 1
J. Hasty 11 56 1 14
C. Platt 14 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
C. Platt 2 11 0 13
D. Dixon 44 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Dixon 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Platt 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 102 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 102 2
C. Platt 3 102 2 75
D. Mims 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 85 1
D. Mims 2 85 1 45
P. Stricklin 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 60 0
P. Stricklin 3 60 0 49
T. Nicholson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 28 0
T. Nicholson 5 28 0 11
J. Hasty 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
J. Hasty 1 3 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
I. Lewis 9 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
I. Lewis 1-0 1.0 0
C. Johnston 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
C. Johnston 1-1 0.5 0
D. Williams 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
D. Williams 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Martin 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
1/1 6/6
C. Martin 1/1 39 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Galitz 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 41.0 0
D. Galitz 4 41.0 0 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Platt 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 14 0
C. Platt 2 12.0 14 0
D. Dixon 44 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
D. Dixon 1 29.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 LIB 17 3:24 12 78 FG
9:26 LIB 20 3:01 10 24 Punt
4:59 LIB 41 2:19 10 35 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 LIB 25 2:21 6 75 TD
9:38 LIB 25 4:16 13 59 FG
0:12 LIB 25 0:00 1 -1 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:53 BAYLOR 7 0:00 1 -58
13:31 LIB 16 2:47 9 33 Punt
8:36 LIB 21 2:43 9 14 FG
5:31 LIB 27 5:01 16 15 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:41 BAYLOR 43 2:30 8 -15 TD
10:39 LIB 35 4:27 12 7 TD
5:00 LIB 25 4:22 8 24 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:27 BAYLOR 25 1:52 9 12 Punt
6:17 BAYLOR 10 1:09 3 4 Punt
2:35 BAYLOR 25 1:54 6 20 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:38 BAYLOR 25 2:00 7 17 TD
5:12 BAYLOR 10 4:55 14 25 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAYLOR 25 0:58 3 73 INT
13:53 BAYLOR 25 0:22 5 75 TD
10:38 BAYLOR 20 1:53 5 23 Punt
5:48 BAYLOR 25 0:00 2 17 TD
0:15 BAYLOR 15 0:07 2 4 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:11 BAYLOR 25 1:27 5 17 TD
6:03 LIB 43 1:03 4 -15 TD
0:32 BAYLOR 22 0:26 5 -15 End of game