The Bears, who have become known for their flashy, high-flying offense, controlled all three phases of the game in front of a Homecoming crowd.
Although the Bears were forced to punt on their first drive, they scored on the next seven drives to close out the first half up 37-0. Iowa State struggled to get anything going against a much-improved Baylor defense. The Cyclones had to punt six times and lost a fumble before halftime.
Following the break, Baylor held Iowa State and then punched in another touchdown following a 10-play, 84-yard drive. The Cyclones continued to have no answer offensively for the Bears' defensive pressure until the final minute of the game when back up quarterback Grant Rohach connected on a 27-yard pass to DeVondrick Nealy to break the Baylor shutout bid with 47 seconds remaining in the game. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they couldn’t prevent a 97-yard kickoff return by Baylor freshman Corey Coleman on the ensuing kickoff.
Baylor had a total of 714 yards on offense, but the larger story might be the fact that the Baylor defense held Iowa State to 174 total yards and only 41 yards on the ground. The Cyclones were 4 of 16 on third downs and committed three turnovers without forcing any from Baylor.
Baylor's junior quarterback Bryce Petty finished his night early in the fourth quarter with 343 yards on 23 of 31 passing with two touchdowns. He also rushed for another touchdown. Backup quarterback redshirt freshman Seth Russell completed five out of seven passes for 39 yards and had a 40-yard scamper for a touchdown.
Baylor junior running back Lache Seastrunk had 18 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns while junior wide receiver Antwan Goodley had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor's special teams played well as kicker Aaron Jones was three for three, including a 51-yard field goal. Coleman had the 97-yard kickoff return, and junior wide receiver Levi Norwood had a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Cyclones started sophomore Sam Richardson at quarterback but he essentially split time with freshman quarterback Rohach. Richardson finished the night completing seven out of 14 passes for 68 yards and one interception while Rohach completed eight out of 13 passes for 65 yards with the one touchdown and an interception. The entire Iowa State backfield combined for 41 yards on 33 carries.
The win gave Baylor a school record 10th straight victory and is also the first time in over three decades that the Bears have started the season 6-0.
The Bears’ next game will be against Kansas on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. (ET). The Cyclones will face No. 21 Oklahoma State on Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. (ET).
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