This was Baylor's record in Big 12 play since the inception of the "power" conference. Baylor did not look like a team that carried this weight on their shoulders. I believe they were more upset in their loss last week than the Cyclones. The Bears ended this streak convincingly going in for the dagger late in the game to make this a solid win for their program. A new streak begins.
Fade pass to end zone-
This team just simply has forgotten that there are two receivers that are over 6-foot-4 and the fade has simply not been run. It seems that Meyer is rolling out more in the red zone and simply not connecting on the play to the end zone. On every play that ISU got a first down either inside the 20 or just outside, the call was handoff to Greg Coleman. This was done on every scoring drive as well including the Ryan Kock touchdown and Coleman fumble. There was no pass to the end zone on first down where last year it seemed that was the play.
The Cyclones had the worst timing for fumbling the ball in this one. Taking away a score on a convincing drive and losing it late in the game when it appeared again they had momentum to go ahead. The worst case was to tie with a field goal. Where Baylor used that late turnover to score a touchdown, ISU got a fumble recovery at the Baylor 24 with the game tied at 10 but only got a field goal. They got a first down at the thirteen but unable to convert with left at the 6.
Meyer running the ball
When Bret is on the run, it seems that he is trying to turn the corner around a defensive tackler instead of cutting up for positive yardage and taking a hit. When he goes around the corner he loses yards and gets cut down. At the end of last year, he ran much harder and seemed to make the decision to go up field more convincingly and sooner. For the game he ended up losing 9 yards when he had many open field looks that positive yards should've came out at the end of this game.
Bret Culbertson did a good job in hitting on two field goals; the sad thing is the offensive should have scored touchdowns. Baylor's Ryan Havens set a Baylor record for the longest field since 1999 of 49 yards.
Big plays from scrimmage
The longest passing play that the Cyclone had was Meyer to Blythe for 22 yards. Baylor scores with their first pass for 38 yards of Shawn Bell to Dominique Ziegler. They also dropped one to their tight end Jordan Adams for 24. The Cyclones have feed off scoring on big plays and over the past few games the deep ball has not been there.
On the ground, Baylor's QB Bell's longest carry was for 9 yards but converted on a 3rd & 14 in the forth from the Baylor 31 with 4:52 left of 16 yards. Coleman had a good run for 28 yards but that was in the first quarter which ISU got to the nine and settled for a field goal.
Statistics do not make the game
15 first downs for Baylor, ISU 19
276 total yards for Baylor, ISU 320
8 penalties for 57 yards against Baylor, ISU 3 for 30
28:52 time of possession for Baylor, ISU 31:08
0-0 4th down conversions Baylor, ISU 1-2
The stats that Baylor won, 3 punt returns for 60 yards and ISU 1 for 8
Third down conversions for Baylor 8 of 15, ISU was 5 of 12