Baylor/ULM: 2012

The Baylor players have mentioned last year's contest against ULM several times already this week, so in this feature column we take a look back at the 2012 version of Baylor vs. ULM.

When Baylor and the University of Louisiana-Monroe square off on Saturday, it will be a year to the day since the two last met on ULM's home turf, in a game which Baylor narrowly escaped with a 47-42 victory. ULM pulled out all the stops for the Friday night ESPN matchup, including a flyover, skydiver, and a visit from the star of Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson - who was on the field for the ceremonial coin toss.

Baylor found out quick that ULM did not intend to gift wrap the victory for the Bears. At the end of the first quarter, ULM led 14-0 by capitalizing on some uncharacteristic Baylor turnovers.

After the two sides traded the next two scores, Baylor rattled off 17 straight points in the last 8 minutes of the 2nd quarter to take a 24-21 lead at half.

After ULM retook the lead in the first two minutes of the second half, Baylor came back with the second 40+ yard touchdown pass from Nick Florence to Tevin Reese. Reese was a thorn in the side of ULM all evening as he finished with 8 catches for 145 yards and 2 scores.

Once again ULM retook the lead to start the 4th quarter, going up 35-34 on a 1 yard keeper from QB Kolton Browning. However, Baylor did not take long to answer back with a Levi Norwood 9 yard TD run off a Florence pitch, followed by the 2nd TD connection between Florence and star wide receiver Terrance Williams - this one for 22 yards that put the Bears ahead 47-35 with just 2:25 to play.

ULM scored a late TD with 6 seconds to go to make the final score appear closer, but there was no doubt they had given the Bears all they could handle throughout the game.

The two teams combined for 1,100 yards of offense, including 380 yards through the air for the Bears. Baylor also made it a habit of going for it on 4th down, going 4 for 4 on such attempts. ULM turned the ball over twice, while Baylor was limited to the two 1st quarter interceptions from Florence.

As the Baylor Bears take the field Saturday, there is no doubt they will have this hard-fought victory in the back of their minds. You cannot call it revenge, because they won the first game, but there seems to be an element of wanting to show what Baylor really can do on its home turf in Waco. Having said that, ULM has proven time and time again that they are willing to put up a fight. Check out the highlights from last year's game below.


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