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Baylor blows away Iowa State 49-28 in Big 12 opener

Baylor fans aren't exactly happy with the way the second half unfolded once the Bears got up 35-7, but the team is now 4-0 again with a road victory in a tough place to play.

David Purdy

So, our streak of scoring in every quarter of the season came to an end when Art Briles decided not to press the issue in the closing minutes, but otherwise Baylor is now 4-0 on the season again and will now travel to Austin next week for a matchup with the Texas Longhorns.

The offense performed mostly as expected, going over 600 total yards again and scoring 6 TDs on the ground.  Bryce Petty hit a new season high in attempts with 44 through the first three quarters and finished the game with 336 yards and a TD through the air.  He also added 47 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, including one where he hurdled a defender inside the ten before scoring.

A few Bears made triumphant returns in this game, including wide receivers Corey Coleman, who led the team in receiving with 12 catches for 154 yards and the lone receiving TD, Antwan Goodley, who also went over 100 yards with 114, and Clay Fuller, who surprised everyone by coming in for the fourth quarter and catching 2 passes for 21 yards.  On the ground, Shock Linwood led the way with 15 carries for 82 yards and 3 TDs.

As I said above, there's going to be a lot of people upset with the way this game turned out.  My advice?  Put virtually everything that happened after we went up 35-7 at the half out of your mind.  The team obviously did.  If you think being outscored 21-14 in the second half is a harbinger of later doom, I disagree, although our performance against a QB in Sam Richardson who could (and did) run himself a little bit might be cause for some concern.

Once the defensive stats update in the box scores tonight, I'll give you my defensive players of the game.  As for the offense, I'm giving Coleman my MVP honor for the game in his return.  The offensive line also deserves a lot of credit for a running game that put up 244 yards on the ground and finally looked like it was getting on track.

Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs 32 18
3rd down efficiency
6-17 8-18
4th down efficiency
3-4 0-1
Total Yards 601 339
Passing 357 212
32-50 17-39
Yards per pass
7.1 5.4
Rushing 244 127
Rushing Attempts
47 34
Yards per rush
5.2 3.7
Penalties 10-78 7-45
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Possession 29:21 30:39