WACO, Texas — Baylor poured it on Stephen F. Austin in the Bears’ season opener, as running back Trestan Ebner scored three times and quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for three touchdowns as the Bears (1-0) won, 56-17.
Ebner had 72 yards rushing and receiving on just seven touches, with touchdowns of 16 yards, 21 yards and 11 yards, all in the first half as the Bears built a 35-7 lead. Brewer was 21-of-31 for 199 yards before giving way to Gerry Bohanon, who threw for 51 yards and rushed for another 84 in the second half. RJ Sneed caught two of Brewer’s three touchdown passes, part of his five receptions for 57 yards. Running back John Lovett was the game’s only 100-yard rusher, as he gained 108 yards and scored a touchdown, including a 19-yard score. SFA (0-1), under new head coach Colby Carthel, scored just 7 points in the first half, but quarterback Trae Self’s 3-yard touchdown run was SFA’s first points against Baylor in five meetings. Self, a junior college transfer, threw for 140 yards and an interception. Xavier Gipson and Remi Simmons led SFA with three receptions each. Thomas Hutchings rushed for 74 yards on just 10 carries to lead SFA. Josh McGowen had SFA’s other touchdown, a 1-yard touchdown run with just 1:04 left in the game. Baylor linebacker Blake Lynch had an interception, while Niadre Zouzoua and James Lynch each had a sack for the Bears.
— Matthew Postins