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Daily Bears Report 10/3

Old Frog portrays Charlie Strong in tweet. Jim Grobe marvels at Baylor resolve. Tennis and Golf on the road.

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BNT and Old Frog discuss Charlie Strong’s future.
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“And guys, I’ve won a lot of different games but let me tell you what, these wins feel the best. when you’ve gotta reach down, you gotta show character, you gotta FIGHT to get a win, and, we still got a chance to be Big XII champs.” Quote from Baylor Coach Jim Grobe in the Baylor locker room after defeating Iowa State in Ames.

John Werner at the WacoTrib says “Baylor coach Jim Grobe marveled at how it all unfolded. Now beginning his fifth month coaching the Bears after replacing Art Briles, Grobe understands that he took over a group of players who are accustomed to winning at a high level.” Lots more at BearsExtra.

“Wow,” said Grobe as he sat down to start his postgame press conference. “Wow. I felt like at the end when we got a little bit of momentum all of a sudden our guys kind of saw, ‘Hey, we might just be able to get this thing done.’ We raised our level a little bit.”

Through three quarters, the Cyclones had outgained the Bears 458 yards to 389. Iowa State had controlled the clock for nearly 30 of the first 45 minutes while putting together touchdown drives of 81, 70, 78, 75, 55 and 75 yards.

But everything changed in the fourth quarter as the Bears outgained the Cyclones 257 yards to seven. Baylor picked up 13 first downs to Iowa State’s none. After hitting 17 of 20 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the first three quarters, Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning missed all three of his fourth-quarter pass attempts.

The Bears looked like a completely different defense when the game was on the line, and still haven’t allowed a point in the fourth quarter this season.

Follow the link in this tweet for a really great slide show of the Bears v. Cyclones football game, from Baylor Athletics on “Exposure”.

Men’s Golf

Baylor men’s golf is headed to Vestavia Hills, Ala., for the annual Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The tournament, which runs Monday and Tuesday, is hosted by the University of Alabama at the 7,204-yard, par-70 Old Overton Country Club. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears are ranked No. 11 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. BU is coming off a second-place finish in their second tournament of the 2016-17 season, the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.

Half of the 12-team field at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate is ranked among the top-50 nationally. No. 11 BU will square off against No. 3 Auburn, No. 7 Florida State, No. 21 UNLV, No. 30 Michigan, No. 43 Arkansas, Alabama, Charlotte, Mississippi State, South Alabama, UAB and UTSA.

Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. Baylor’s lineup features the same five from their last time out. Sophomore Braden Bailey is in the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive tournament. He’s followed by senior Hunter Shattuck, sophomore Garrett May, freshman Cooper Dossey and junior Matthew Perrine.

Men’s Tennis

With two more victories, Baylor men’s tennis sophomore Jimmy Bendeck advanced out of the prequalifying singles draw and into the qualifying draw at the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center Sunday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

To open the day, Bendeck, seeded 17th in the draw, downed Duke’s TJ Pura 6-2, 6-3 in the round of 64. He then upset ninth-seeded McClain Kessler of Florida in a three-set battle 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-0.

Bendeck is now 6-0 on the year and one of 16 players to advance from the 256-man pre-qualifying draw and into the 128-man qualifying draw.

Today, Bendeck will play in the first round of the qualifying draw against Diego Vives of Princeton at 10 a.m.

Constantin Frantzen will join Bendeck in the qualifying draw, facing South Florida’s Alberto Barroso-Campos at 9:30 a.m.

Meanwhile in doubles action, Frantzen will team with Max Tchoutakian in the qualifying doubles draw where they will take on Oklahoma State’s Lukas Finzelberg and Mathieu Scaglia at 2 p.m.

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(Charlie Strong is portrayed by ODB’s Old Frog.)

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From the Webb

They don’t think too much of Baylor in West Virginia. The Daily Athenaeum has Baylor at No. 3 in their weekly Big XII power rankings.

Barry Trammel with NewsOK has Baylor in his Big XII rankings above both his in state Big XII teams.

Campus Insiders places Baylor at No. 1 in their Big XII week six rankings.