After an 0-2 start that included a historic upset loss to Liberty, the Baylor Bears are making a quarterback change.
The Bears will start sophomore Zach Smith this week at Duke in place of Anu Solomon, who first-year coach Matt Rhule said was “banged up” in Saturday’s loss to UT-San Antonio. Solomon, a transfer from Arizona, started Baylor’s first two games, completing 43.6 percent of his passes, with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
“Zach will go, and we’ll rally around him and see what he can do for us,” Rhule said of Smith, who started Baylor’s last four games as a freshman in 2016.
Baylor’s loss to Liberty marked the second-biggest upset involving an FBS team since 2005, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Liberty was given just a 2.2 percent change to win but prevailed 48-45.
Baylor is 0-2 for the first time since 2003, when it finished 3-9 under another first-year coach in Guy Morriss.