Thanks to Bazelak, who, in his 12th career start but first against an FCS team, shredded the Redhawks for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, completing 21 of his 30 attempts. He connected on his first 10 passes and didn’t throw his first incompletion until the first minute of the second quarter. In two and a half games, he’s already eclipsed his total of seven touchdown passes in 2020, now with nine this year.
But all the yards and all the points haven’t been easy for Bazelak, who took a beating last week in Kentucky and was slow to recover from a few crashes on Saturday.
“I think Connor is trying to get an acting deal… with as much as he’s just sitting there and wallowing after getting hurt,” Drinkwitz joked. “Everyone’s nervous about this, and I’m like ‘Are you okay?’ He’s like ‘Yeah, I’m just pulling on.’ I’m like ‘Stop this shit.’ “
“I’m fine,” Bazelak said. “The last week has been a bit of a pain for me, but I’m fine. …. Nothing a little medicine can’t fix.
If anything, the second-year starter continues to win over his teammates with his tenacity in the pocket.
“Connor, he’s going to play. He’s a competitor, ”Badie said. “The competitors will get up and keep playing. They will fight in the face of adversity. That’s what he’s going to do. … Keep getting up. But if he’s hurt, just hand him over to me.