Iowa State ends 2-game skid with win over Baylor

Annette Crawford
November 19, 2017

Matt Rhule lingered in the locker room Saturday afternoon, letting the Baylor seniors, many of whom were emotional, know how much they were appreciated in what's become one of the worst seasons in school history. The Cyclones moved Nick Weiler-Babb from the wing to the point prior to Thursday's opening-round game against Appalachian State and the results were immediate, as almost every member of the backcourt enjoyed a career game in a 104-98 victory.

Baylor football made things interesting with the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half, only down by seven points.

Baylor received the first possession coming out of the half. His 180 passing yards, two touchdowns and 50 percent pass completion rate, was pushed aside by sophomore running back David Montgomery's performance.

It's hard to say which part of this play is more impressive.

The Cyclones came up with two timely takeaways in the fourth quarter to shut down a Baylor comeback.

Sophomore WR Denzel Mims had 152 yards receiving last week against Texas Tech, giving him 1,001 yards for the season. But on first down, Lovett fumbled.

In both the offense and defense, there were specific individuals that had a bigger impact and led the two sides to an Iowa State victory. Unable to move the chains, the Bears seemed to stagnate after the penalty, punting back to Iowa State. It's the seventh consecutive season Baylor has a 1,000-yard receiver, making the Bears the only FBS team to do that from 2011-17.

While driving into Iowa State territory, the Bears' Brewer threw an interception to Cyclone senior defensive back Reggie Wilkerson. He threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Ka'Raun White early in the fourth quarter to pull West Virginia within 21-14. After converting a critical fourth down run, the Cyclones were able to run out the clock with a mix of rushes and passes.

Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer handed the ball to John Lovett, who ran into the heart of the defense and lost a yard.

"The offensive line did better as the game went on", quarterback Zeb Noland said during a radio interview. The Bears continued driving down toward the end zone, starting the quarter with a first down on the 14-yard line.

No. 7 Georgia 42, Kentucky 13: Nick Chubb (151 yards, 2 TDs) and Sony Michel (87 yards, 3 TDs) led a dominant running game and the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC, No. 7 CFP) bounced back from their first loss of the season. But the next time the Cyclones had the ball, Iowa State used a steady dose of Montgomery to set up Garrett Owens' 45-yard field goal, his third of the game.

Baylor jumped on top 7-0 on its opening drive on a Brewer-to-Ishmail Wainwright touchdown pass on fourth-and-1 from the Iowa State 13 yard-line.

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