It wasn’t the 71-7 romping of a year ago, but the three touchdown favorites did exactly what they needed to in Jack Trice Stadium. Baylor came in and pummeled Iowa State 49-28 and the fan outrage ignites once again.
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Iowa State seemed to regain composure after Baylor went on a quick 14-0 jaunt in the first seven minutes of the game. After a touchdown pass to Dondre Daley, the Cyclones were marching down the field until quarterback Sam Richardson coughed it up by getting picked off on the first play of the second quarter.
Three more Baylor touchdowns pretty much sealed the deal as Iowa State was down 35-7 at halftime. The Cyclones didn’t quit however. While I’m not going to Dan McCarney it and say we won the second half, the team still had fight while they were clearly outmatched against the seventh-best team in the nation.
The Bears did everything they wanted to do on offense, tallying over 600 yards of offense in a balanced attack. Bryce Petty completed 30-of-44 passes for 336 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His backup threw six attempts, totaling up 50 attempted passes for the team in comparison to 47 rush attempts.
Four different Baylor players — including both quarterbacks — had over 40 yards on the ground. Petty had two touchdowns himself. Shock Linwood led the way with 82 yards and three touchdowns. Johnny Jefferson had the other one, leading to a total of six rushing touchdowns for the Bears.
Richardson completed 17-of-39 passes for 212 yards and had 14 carries for 99 yards. It was a dismal day for running backs. Both Aaron Wimberly and DeVondrick Nealy combined for 12 carries and 13 yards. That led head coach Paul Rhoads to put in Martinez Syria, a fourth-string running back, who had eight carries for 15 yards.
Eight different receivers got in on the action, finally including D’Vario Montgomery who got his one and only reception on the season for 24 yards. Tad Ecby led the team with a 51-yard touchdown late in the game, his only reception of the night. Allen Lazard had three catches for 47 yards and Jarvis West had 37 ï¿½yards on five catches. Dondre Daley had two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown.
The other two touchdowns were scored by Richardson and Wimberly on the ground.
Perhaps after watching the last two games, we thought Iowa State was ready to at least compete against one of the big dogs in the nation. That certainly wasn’t true last night. I think it was more of a case about how great Baylor is compared to how bad the Cyclones are, but good luck trying to tell that to some fans that are convinced Rhoads needs to go.
Those moronic thoughts will be addressed in a later post. Until then, the Cyclones will try to rebound next week at Oklahoma State.