The 6-foot, 180-pound Cannon caught 14 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in Baylor's 31-12 Cactus Bowl win over Boise State on Tuesday night in Phoenix.
As said in our podcast preview this Baylor team is full of distractions with a new coach, players focusing on the National Football League, or leaving the team out right and the biggest issue is that the Bears have lost their previous six games to back door their way into a bowl game. His quarterback benefited the most from his huge night as Zach Smith posted 375 yards and three scores in the win. Fourteen points were scored off of Boise State's two turnovers in the first half. Boise State's passing game gets most of the attention, but McNichols helps keep opposing defences honest.
The Broncos, who have thrived in bowl games played in this city, were seeking a 40th win for their senior class and another Power Five conference team to add to the list of defeated foes.
Cannon thanked his teammates and Baylor fans.
Baylor accumulated 516 yards of offense compared to the Broncos' 383.
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Technically, the Bears punted just once as they built a 31-6 lead early into the fourth quarter, but that one turned out to change the game. The Bears went 65-37 in eight seasons under Briles but his mishandling of the team's off-the-field issues were too much for administration to handle.
The Bears came ready to play in the first half scoring three touchdowns, two of those from KD Cannon.
Boise State: RB Jeremy McNichols. The Broncos open next season at Albertsons Stadium against Troy, which also went 10-3 this season. He was held scoreless Tuesday, and finished with 46 yards rushing and 24 receiving in falling to the Bears.
Boise State looked poised to pull within four when it drove down to the Baylor 7-yard line, but Brett Rypien was picked off by Orion Stewart in the end zone, killing any kind of momentum the Broncos were able to gain during the possession.