Update 11:58 a.m. Shapen’s stats for the 2021 season: 39-58 passing for 416 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also added 68 yards rushing on 12 carries, including sacks.
Update 11:05 a.m. Blake Shapen will start at quarterback for the Bears today. Bohanon will miss the Big 12 Championship.
Baylor will start QB Blake Shapen vs. Oklahoma State today, BU coach Dave Aranda said. Gerry Bohanon sidelined w/hamstring injury— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 4, 2021
The No. 9 Baylor Bears will enter conference championship Saturday with a chance to win the Big 12 as they take on the No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys. The biggest question coming into Saturday’s game has been what the availability of starting quarterback Gerry Bohanon will be.
Bohanon miss last week’s 27-24 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders with a hamstring injury suffered against the Kansas State Wildcats, and his status is uncertain for Saturday’s game, which is set to get started at noon ET.
Freshman Blake Shapen took over in the win over the Kansas State and played well in relief in addition to the next game. He got the start in Bohanon’s absence last week and completed 20-of-34 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed the ball seven times for 24 yards.
Bohanon has been a huge part of what has been an impressive season in Baylor’s second year under head coach Dave Aranda, who is likely to see a significant pay increase for his team’s performance thanks to his ability to adapt.
Bohanon completed 64.3% of his passes this season for 2,160 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions and has added a boost to the ground game. He has 303 rushing yards on the season with nine additional touchdowns.
The Bears are a 6.5-point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 45.5.