MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the first time under Matt Rhule, the Baylor Bears are a ranked college football team.

The last time the Bears were ranked was week 11 of the 2016 season, under Jim Grobe.

Baylor defense has been key to the team's ranking. 

Between a performance at Rice that BU QB Charlie Brewer admitted would have been a shut out if the offense hadn't put them in "so many bad situations" and keeping Kansas State out of the endzone for the first 53 minutes Saturday, there's a lot to like about the Bear defense in 2019.

Saturday's 31-12 win at Kansas State saw the defense put up some insane numbers, including sacking K-State QB Skylar Thompson 6 times, the first 6-sack game for a Baylor defense since the Bears beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater in 2015.

Bravvion Roy was among those carrying the load on defense, with 5 total tackles, 3.5 for losses.

"I mean, it’s big," Roy said. "And we still had some [missed assignments], some mess-ups that we need to fix and it can be even more. I mean, we didn’t play to our full potential, and people are looking at that as a good game. But we know what we can put on tape. So, we just have to get ready for next week."

Next, the defense faces an Texas Tech offense that just upset No. 21 Oklahoma State. Kickoff against the Red Raiders is Saturday at 3 p.m. at McLane Stadium.

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