It didn't always look pretty, but Baylor pulled out one of their most hard fought victories in a 35-24 win over the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.
After scoring on their first drive of the game, Baylor seemed to take control of the momentum before a 95 minute weather delay quickly took that away.
After the break, the Bears and Cowboys seemed to trade scores, but the Cowboys were able to sustain long drives and keep the Baylor defense on the field. All told, at the end of the game, Oklahoma State racked up over 41 minutes in TOP and ran 101 plays. Oklahoma State had a total of 492 yds of offense, but the Bears deployed a strong bend but dont break defensive strategy and were able to get big stops when they needed and had a total of 4 turnovers.
For Baylor, it was a coming out party for sophomores Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt. Platt made up for several drops over the past couple of weeks, to score two huge TDs for Baylor. Zamora had one score on a ricochet off of the helmet of reciever Lynx Hawthorne, but outside of that, he was big when Seth Russell needed him to be, to the tune of 175 yds receiving. He was constantly winning off the LOS and making big catches in traffic. With KD Cannon injuring his groin, it will be important for these two to become weapons moving forward. QB Seth Russell was brilliant at times, using both his feet and his arms and had 387 yds passing with 4 TDs and 1 INT.
Overall it was a great team effort, but with their two easiest games, on paper, coming up, Baylor will need to shore up a few concerns on both sides of the ball before a huge matchup on October 29th against the Texas Longhorns.
Baylor returns to the field next Saturday, when they take on the Cyclones of Iowa State at 11 am in Aimes, Iowa.