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ODB Rewind: Surviving the Snydercats

Baylor's first road game of the season proved to be a litmus test of the team's fortitude and will.

In 2011 Baylor was riding high heading into their game in Manhattan having defeated ranked TCU and shredding their other OOC teams, but ultimately fell short for their first loss of the season. Colin Klein, a stingy KSU defense, a late game interception by Arthur Brown, and that ol' Snyder magic was just enough to derail RGIII and the Bears.

In 2013 the Bears were in a similar position. They had destroyed all comers while in the comfort of Floyd Casey Stadium but then had to travel to Snydercat country for their first road game of the season. Would the Bears be able to survive the mayhem in Manhattan this time?

KSU started out it's season with a whimper as they lost a nail-biter to eventual FCS champions, the Bison of North Dakota State University. It was a loss that wasn't too bad in retrospect, but embarrassing at the time for the defending Big 12 champions. With a QB controversy, an injury to their top wideout, Tyler Lockett, and a defense trying to replace most of it's 2012 starters, most around here were confident that the Bears would avenge their 2011 loss and blow the Snyderlings out of the water.

But there's nothing quite like Snyderball and the Bears would actually have to play a full 60 minutes as the 'cats limited our potent offense to a paltry 446 total yards and played keep-away thanks to Daniel Sams' legs. Sams embarrassed the Bears by rushing for 199 yards against a defense that had been very stout against the run. His athleticism and speed proved to be almost too much for them to handle.

Luckily, Baylor found success in the air with Petty completing 12 of 21 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns as the KSU defense found themselves too slow or out of position against the ludicrously fast Baylor wide receivers. Reese was the standout gaining 184 yards and two touchdowns on just 5 catches including one that went for 93 yards (second longest in Baylor history).

Just as Arthur Brown was able to seal victory for his team in 2011, Ahmad Dixon did the same for the Bears as he picked off a Daniel Sams' pass with just over three minutes left in the game. After using Glasco Martin as a bludgeon, the Bears found the endzone one last time to put the game out of reach and win a close one in Manhattan.

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