How it happened: There was no element of surprise when the Baylor offense arrived at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday with the top-ranked offense in the nation. That offense, after going three-and-out to start the game, made its fast-pace evident through the remainder of the first half.
Baylor needed 2:04 to put its first points on the board, capping its first scoring drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Shock Linewood. Only 52 seconds passed on the next Baylor drive as quarterback Bryce Petty scrambled 16 yards for the touchdown while hurdling safety Kamari Cotton-Moya to reach the end zone.
The Iowa State offense, meanwhile, went three-and-out on the first three drives of the game and threatened to do so for a fourth consecutive time when quarterback Sam Richardson found Allen Lazard 27 yards downfield for the offense’s first first down of the game. That drive ultimately led to the Cyclones’ lone score of the first half when Richardson hit Dondre Daley in the end zone on an 11-yard pass, where the final score ended.
The Bears scored 21 unanswered points to close out the first half with three relatively quick drives (1:01, 1:02 and 3:18). Iowa State would put some offense together in the third quarter — first with a 47-yard touchdown run by Richardson and later with a one-yard touchdown rush from Aaron Wimberly — and scored late in the fourth quarter to draw within three scores.
- Iowa State removed the redshirts from two true freshman Saturday in sending receiver Jauan Wesley and running back Martinez Syria onto the field for their first action. Syria had appeared on the depth chart after Rob Standard left the team last week to focus on academics and Wesley saw the field after receiver Brett Medders reportedly suffered a season-ending injury this past week.
- The Iowa State offense was hit-or-miss in the first half, and that mostly consisted of missing. The Cyclones went three-and-out on six of 10 drives in the first half while another ended with an interception after Richardson attempted a left-handed pass while escaping pressure.