A year after Baylor had gone under the then first coach of Matt Rhule 1-11, the Bears are a winning football team.
After a 45-38 win at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl on Thursday, Bears switched to 7/6 in the season, giving them the first win season since 2016.
Here are five take-away's of Baylors bowl victory.
Charlie Brewer Evolves into One of the Best Dual Threat QBs in the Big 12  Throughout the season, quarterback Charlie Brewer has shown his ability to run with 266 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
On Thursday, Brewer rushed to a career high of 118 yards and a touchdown.
He had done it too A solid day in the air that completed 21
Even after the interception, he completed two preparatory touchdown passes in the fourth quarter seemingly unencumbered by the pressure.
The question is, if Kyler Murray and Will Grier leave the Big 12, could Brewer 2019 become one of the Big 12's best quarterbacks? In any case, he'll likely be the best quarterback with two threats Next season in the Big 12 alongside Brock Purdy of Iowa State.
Again, Big Bay injured again
Baylor owned the ball for more than 20 minutes compared to about nine minutes for Vanderbilt, but still went into halftime with 21-17
It was because of the big Games, which were a persistent problem for Bears throughout the season, peaked.
Kyle Shurmur completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Khari Blasingame on the opening run. Ke & # 39; Shawn Vaughn ran back, hurrying down 68 yards and landing 69 yards down.
Vaughn rushed for 66 yards in the fourth quarter to set up a one-yard attack on Vanderbilt.
Brewer will have plenty of weapons without Jalen Hurd
The Bears knew they would be in Jalen Hurd without their main receiver in this game.
But if the Texas Bowl were a clue to the future of Baylor's Reception Corps, it's bright for the Bears.
Sophomore back Trestan Ebner had completed three passes for 109 yards, including a 75-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Despite some important drawbacks, junior receiver Denzel Mims had a solid night with six catches for 95 yards.
Junior Marques Jones & # 39; s only catch of the game was a 52-yard starting shot, with 1:50 remaining in the game. It was only his second in the season.
Freshman recipient Tyquan Thornton continued to impress with three shots for 72 yards.
Baylor must find a new kicker
For all the jokes about the position it is important
Take Baylor, for example.
The Bears have so little confidence in the kicker Connor Martin that they have opted for fourth place instead of opting for Martin to kick a field goal. When they decided to step on Martin's 25-yard field goal on the 4th and 1st, he came to the left.
Martin had a solid second-year season and made 20 of his 24 field goal attempts. He was regressed in 2018 and entered the game on Thursday, scoring nine out of 15 attempts and missing three of his last four.
The only other kickers on the squad are Drew Galitz, who functions primarily as Bayler's
Mayers made a PAT attempt after Martin had to end the game after an injury he suffered from the trial president.
Matt Rhule braves fourth and it pays off
What Rhule had to do He compensated for the bear's lack of efficiency in the play and he did so by taking some risk on the fourth down.
Fortunately for him and the Bears, the risks paid off.
The Bears went on the fourth down of it five times and converted each time.
Baylor's first touchdown came from a short four-day attempt, which John Lovett turned into a 12-yard rushing score.
The riskiest attempt took place on the 4th and 13th at Vanderbilt's 30-yard line, but Brewer completed a 15-yard pass to Mims and the be ars scored later on the hard drive.
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