No. 25 Baylor Downs Iowa State, 49-26
WACO, Texas - No. 25 Baylor gained 603 yards of total offense in a 49-26 win over Iowa State Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play, while the Cyclones fall to 3-2 and 0-2 in league play.
The Cyclones were able to move the ball, amassing 425 yards of total offense, their second-best output of the season. But the Bears rushed for 391 yards, including a career-high 200 yards from Terrance Ganaway.
Iowa State had an outstanding performance from senior wideout Darius Reynolds, who caught seven passes, including two for touchdowns, for a career-high 178 yards. It was the seventh-best single-game total in school history. It marked the third two-touchdown game for Reynolds this season. He has a team-high six touchdowns.
Iowa State stopped Baylor on its opening drive and promptly went 82 yards on seven plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Reynolds caught three passes for 77 yards in the drive, including a 10-yard touchdown catch, his fifth of the season, from Steele Jantz to make it 7-0 Cyclones. It was the first points ISU scored in the first quarter all year.
Robert Griffin scored from 1-yard out to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter, but the Cyclones quickly answered. Iowa State then went on a 9-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to regain the lead at 14-7 with 10:19 left in the 2nd quarter. Jantz hit Branderhorst on a 1-yard pass for the score.
The Bears picked up steam after that. BU scored two more 2nd quarter touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead at the break. BU amassed 358 yards of total offense, including 218 on the ground, in the first half. Two Baylor turnovers allowed the Cyclones to keep the game close at intermission.
After Baylor moved ahead 28-14, the Cyclones were looking to close the gap with an excellent drive. However, Jantz fumbled inside the 10-yard line and it was returned for a touchdown by Tevin Elliott for 86 yards to make it 35-14 BU.
James White quickly answered for the Cyclones, rambling for a 76-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 35-20. It was the ninth-longest touchdown run in school history and the 12th-longest run from scrimmage in Cyclone history.
Reynolds tallied his second touchdown on a 26-yard catch with 8:08 left in the game to make it 42-26. Ganaway closed out the scoring with a 22-yard run, as Baylor went ahead 49-26 with 4:19 remaining.
White ended the game with a career-high 148 yards rushing. Jantz was 17-of-35 for 244 yards through the air. Jake Knott tallied a career-high 18 tackles.
Iowa State travels to Missouri next weekend (Oct. 15). Kickoff is set at 1 p.m.