When asked about Baylor junior wide receiver KD Cannon earlier this month, Boise State senior cornerback Jonathan Moxey said he was, “Probably one of the fastest guys I’ve seen on film.”
He saw it up close and personal, and right away, in Tuesday’s 31-12 loss to the Bears in the Cactus Bowl.
Cannon leaped over Moxey for a 30-yard first-quarter touchdown with 9:07 elapsed, the game’s first score. Then with 3:36 gone in the second quarter, Cannon got behind Moxey on a pass from Zach Smith. Moxey tried to pop the ball free, but Cannon was just out of reach, scampering easily for a 68-yard touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
“They were just kind of giving us some one-on-one coverage, and with him on anyone one-on-one, we think it’s a huge win for us,” Smith said.
It wasn’t just Moxey who got picked on by Cannon. On Baylor’s third drive, he beat sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton for a 49-yard gain on a streak down the sideline, finishing off the drive with the 30-yard score. In the first half, Cannon had eight receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He backed up his promise to incoming coach Matt Rhule that the Bears would win.
“He played good tonight,” Horton said. “... He went out there and made more plays than we did.”
Cannon, who also has run track for the Bears, crossed the 1,000-yard mark in the game, entering with 989 yards. He is the first Baylor receiver with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1,030 yards as a freshman in 2014).
Cannon finished with 14 catches for 226 yards, becoming the first 200-yard receiver against the Broncos since Arizona State’s Gerrell Robinson had 241 in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl. His output set a record for the Cactus Bowl, in its 28th year, formerly known as the Copper Bowl.
“He’s one of the most elite wide receivers in the country,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said.