Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs the ball forward during the Texas Longhorns game against Baylor on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

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No. 23 Texas beats Baylor, stays alive for Big 12 title game berth

Bijan Robinson ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns as No. 23 Texas stayed in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game with a come-from-behind 38-27 win over Baylor on Friday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (8-4, 6-3 Big 12) will play in the league championship game against TCU if Kansas beats Kansas State on Saturday night. Texas’ eight regular-season wins are its most since 2018, when it beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to finish 10-4.

After Robinson’s 1-yard TD run gave Texas the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter, Roschon Johnson added some insurance when he hurdled over a defender for an 11-yard score, his second rushing touchdown of the game.

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers finished 12 of 16 for 194 yards, with seven of those passes caught by Xavier Worthy for 62 yards.

Blake Shapen led the Bears (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) with 179 yards passing and two TDs. Baylor finished the regular season with three straight losses and but is nonetheless bowl-eligible.

The Bears got a safety on Texas’ opening offensive possession when Ewers was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. They added to their lead with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Shapen to Jaylen Ellis at the 6:54 mark of the first quarter.

Texas answered on Ewers’ 3-yard TD run with 3:54 to play in the quarter. The Longhorns then took a 14-9 lead before the quarter was out via Robinson’s 2-yard scoring run.

The teams traded field goals, with the Bears’ John Mayers hitting from 30 yards at the 7:54 mark of the second quarter and Texas’ Bert Auburn converting from 38 yards away two minutes later. Baylor went back to the front at 19-17 on Shapen’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Ben Sims with 40 seconds remaining in the half.

Texas drove to a Johnson 1-yard TD plunge that put the Longhorns up 24-19 with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter.

Baylor’s defense put the Bears back in front early in the fourth. Ewers fumbled as he was being sacked by Al Walcott and the loose ball was scooped by Gabe Hall, who returned it 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Shapen the hit Hal Presley for a two-point conversion pass to increase the lead to 27-24.

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Nov 19, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) catches a pass for a first down against the Baylor Bears as cornerback Mark Milton (3) defends during the first quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 TCU rallies for last-second win over Baylor

Behind an inspired effort from Max Duggan and a last-second field goal by Griffin Kell, No. 4 TCU kept its College Football Playoff hopes alive with a dramatic 29-28 comeback win Saturday against host Baylor in Waco, Texas.

Duggan passed for 327 yards and a touchdown and led the Horned Frogs (11-0) with 50 rushing yards and a score.

Kendre Miller and Emari Demercado also ran for touchdowns for TCU. Taye Barber caught five passes for 108 yards and Gunnar Henderson had a touchdown reception for the Frogs.

Craig Williams rushed 19 times for 112 yards for Baylor (6-5), which finished with 232 yards on the ground. Blake Shapen passed for 269 yards and a touchdown.

Monaray Baldwin had six receptions for 123 yards for the Bears. Kelsey Johnson added rushing and receiving TDs.

Baylor kicked off the scoring when tailback Qualan Jones found paydirt from 10 yards out on the game’s opening drive. The 11-play scoring march was aided by a fourth-and-1 run by Dillon Doyle.

TCU tied the game on its second possession on a Duggan 7-yard touchdown run. A 39-yard pass from Duggan to Quentin Johnston, which put the Horned Frogs in Baylor territory following a missed field goal, sparked the scoring drive.

The Bears took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter when Johnson scored on a 2-yard run. But TCU responded with a five-play, 90-yard drive, which was capped by Miller’s 2-yard touchdown scamper.

Baylor threatened to take the lead before halftime, but Shapen was intercepted by Bud Clark in the end zone, which kept the game gridlocked at 14.

The Horned Frogs took a 20-14 lead with less than six minutes to go in the third quarter when Duggan hooked up with Henderson for a 26-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good

Johnson’s 12-yard touchdown grab and John Mayers’ extra point gave the Bears a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Reese’s 1-yard scoring plunge with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game put Baylor up 28-20. The score was set up by Baldwin’s 74-yard reception on third-and-11.

TCU cut the lead to 28-26 on Demercado’s 3-yard run with 2:07 to play, but the two-point conversion failed.

After a three-and-out by Baylor, Kell’s winning field goal capped a nine-play, 45-yard drive.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Baylor Bears safety Devin Lemear (20) returns an interception as Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Drake Stoops (12) chases during the first half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor knocks off Oklahoma on road for third-straight win

Baylor’s Craig Williams ran for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 38-35 win over Oklahoma Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.

Williams could’ve scored again, breaking away for what would’ve been a 50-yard touchdown, but instead he took a knee at the 7 and Baylor ran the clock out.

Slightly before Williams’ long run, Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen completed a critical third-down pass to keep possession. The Bears were 4 of 13 on third downs, but converted three times on fourth down.

It was the Bears’ second win in Norman, with the other coming in 2013.

Baylor (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) secured bowl eligibility and stretched its winning streak to three games.

The Sooners (5-4, 2-4) had their two-game winning streak snapped and have lost multiple home games for the first time since 2014.

Williams had 209 rushing yards entering the game.

Baylor ran for 281 yards and five touchdowns.

Baylor’s defense made life difficult on Sooners’ quarterback Dillon Gabriel.

In the first half, turnovers fueled Baylor’s defense.

The Bears intercepted Gabriel three times before halftime — all on tipped passes — leading to 10 points as Baylor build a 24-21 lead heading into halftime.

Gabriel had thrown one interception on 201 passes entering the game.

Gabriel finished 22 of 34 for 261 yards and two touchdowns while Eric Gray ran for 106 yards and two scores.

Gray’s last touchdown, a 1-yard run with 4:05 remaining, pulled the Sooners to within three, but the drive took more than five minutes and Oklahoma didn’t regain possession.

The Sooners outgained Baylor 499-413, but the turnover difference in the first half was ultimately the difference.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Dave Aranda cheers for this team during the first quarter against the Albany Great Danes at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Familiarity all around when Baylor meets Oklahoma

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables has plenty of familiarity with his Baylor counterpart, Dave Aranda.

During their time as up-and-coming defensive coordinators, the pair spent time talking defensive philosophies.

But Venables said their relationship really grew when Aranda was the defensive coordinator at LSU and recruited Venables’ son, Jake.

When decision time arrived, Jake Venables picked Clemson.

“His mama won the recruiting battle,” Venables said. “Dave didn’t make the cut.”

On Saturday, Aranda’s Bears (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) will take on Venables’ Sooners (5-3, 2-3) at Norman, Okla.

Aranda not only has experience with Oklahoma’s coach, he knows the Sooners’ offense as well.

The Bears played Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl to end last season, beating the Rebels 21-7. Ole Miss’ offensive coordinator was Jeff Lebby, who now is in the same position with the Sooners.

“I think the tempo is familiar,” Aranda said of the similarities. “I think there are less spread-out sets. At least here lately, there’s been more of a focus on the run game. There’s a fair amount of runs that you remember back from OU a year ago to two years ago kind of showing up.”

The run game figures to be key Saturday.

Both teams are among the top rushing teams in the Big 12, averaging better than 200 yards per game. Baylor is 24th in the nation at 201.5 yards, while Oklahoma is 16th at 217.5.

The defenses, though, have been markedly different.

Baylor leads the conference in rush defense, allowing just 113.2 yards per game, while the Sooners are last at 189.8.

“They’re really stout inside,” Lebby said of Baylor’s defensive line. “I think for us, it’s about being really efficient, being really good on first down.”

A year ago, Baylor’s defense mauled Oklahoma, holding the Sooners to 260 yards of total offense, their lowest total since 2014. Baylor pulled out a 27-14 victory.

Venables said the matchup on the other side — his defensive line against the Bears’ offensive front — would go a long way toward deciding the outcome.

The Sooners held Iowa State to 66 rushing yards in a 27-13 win last week to run their modest winning streak to two games following a 49-0 defeat to Texas.

“It’s going to be, to me, the matchup, to be honest with you,” Venables said. “It’s a great, great challenge, and our guys know that.”

Baylor also carries momentum into Saturday’s game off a 45-17 road win over Texas Tech.

Last year, Baylor victory’s over Oklahoma snapped a seven-game Sooners’ winning streak in the series. Baylor has beaten the Sooners only once at Norman, 48-14 in 2014.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Baylor Bears running back Richard Reese (29) rushes against Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive linebacker Tyree Wilson (19) in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium and Cody Campbell Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Reese helps Baylor run past error-prone Texas Tech

Freshman Richard Reese ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns and AJ McCarty returned an interception for another score as Baylor throttled error-prone Texas Tech 45-17 on Saturday in a Big 12 Conference dustup in Lubbock, Texas.

Reese had a career-high 36 carries in the win as Baylor (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) won its second straight game. Blake Shapen passed for 211 yards and a touchdown for the Bears.

Texas Tech (4-4, 2-3) suffered five interceptions from three quarterbacks. Behren Morton started and played the majority of the snaps, going 11 of 33 for 152 yards, a touchdown and three of the picks. Donovan Smith and Tyler Shough also saw action, with the latter uncorking the interception that McCarty turned into a pick-six with 4:04 to play to ice the win.

Qualan Jones added a final TD for Baylor on a 17-yard run with 45 seconds remaining.

Baylor got on the board first via a John Mayers 48-yard field goal with 4:39 to play in the first quarter. The Red Raiders answered as Trey Wolff’s 33-yard FG culminated a six-play, 48-yard drive and tied the game with 8:09 to play in the second quarter.

Reese’s first TD, on a 1-yard plunge, put Baylor up 10-3 with 3:39 remaining in the second quarter. That was more than enough time for Baylor to strike again and Reese strolled home for a 2-yard TD run that gave the Bears a 17-3 advantage at the half.

Baylor picked up where it left off early in the third quarter. Mark Milton intercepted Morton on the second play of the quarter’s opening possession, setting the table for a 9-yard scoring pass from Shapen to Hal Presley at the 11:09 mark.

Texas Tech finally got on track, driving 75 yards in 15 plays to a 1-yard Morton-to-Henry Teeter TD pass midway through the third quarter. Morton then drew the Red Raiders to within 24-17 on an 8-yard scoring scramble on fourth down with 2:46 left in the quarter.

Reese helped stem the tide with his third scoring run, again from a yard away, to push Baylor’s lead to 31-17 with 12:46 to play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA;  Baylor Bears wide receiver Monaray Baldwin (80) scores a touchdown in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Reese’s big rushing day paces Baylor past Kansas

Richard Reese ran for a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns as Baylor held on to defeat Kansas 35-23 Saturday in Waco, Texas. Baylor, who defeated Kansas for the 13th straight time, snapped a two-game losing streak.

Kansas outscored Baylor 20-0 during the second half to cut the deficit to 28-23, but the Jayhawks couldn’t complete the comeback.

Baylor out gained Kansas 273-56 on the ground. Quarterback Blake Shapen was 17-of-26 for 164 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions.

Jason Bean was 16-of-27 for 232 yards with a touchdown for Kansas.

Kansas (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) lost its third straight game and still needs one more victory to reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2008.

Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) jumped out quickly. Following a three-and-out on KU’s opening drive and a shanked punt, Baylor drove 41 yards for the first score. Shapen found Monaray Baldwin in the flat and he raced untouched into the end zone.

Kansas fumbled on its next play and Baylor capitalized with a two-play, 25-yard drive, capped by a Richard Reese 14-yard run.

Kansas got on the board with a 30-yard Jacob Borcila field goal.

Kyron Drones scored from the 4-yard line with Baylor’s third touchdown early in the second quarter, extending the lead to 21-3. After a Kansas pooch-punt that stopped inside the 1-yard line midway through the quarter, Baylor went on a 15-play, 99-yard touchdown drive that ended with 42 seconds left in the half.

Baylor appeared to be ready to add to the lead to open the second half when the momentum switched dramatically. Shapen was sacked by Jereme Robinson, who stripped the ball, picked it up and ran 49 yards to the Baylor 9-yard line. Kansas punched it in with a 2-yard Devin Neal run.

Kansas forced Baylor’s first punt then marched 95 yards in 11 plays to cut the deficit to 28-16. The two-point conversion failed. Bean found Quentin Skinner on a 24-yard touchdown.

Kansas held the Bears on fourth-and-1 at the KU 6-yard line, then capped a 94-yard drive with a 4-yard scamper by Bean.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; The Baylor Bears defense stops Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Dominic Richardson (20) short of the end zone during the second quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Oklahoma State beats No. 16 Baylor, avenges Big 12 title game loss

Spencer Sanders passed for 181 yards and rushed for 75 to help No. 9 Oklahoma State record a 36-25 victory over No. 16 Baylor on Saturday in Big 12 play at Waco, Texas.

Sanders rushed for one touchdown and threw another to Bryson Green for the Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). Jaden Nixon scored on a kickoff return and Dominic Richardson added a rushing touchdown for Oklahoma State.

Blake Shapen passed for 345 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Baylor (3-2, 1-1). Monaray Baldwin caught seven passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns and Richard Reese rushed for a score.

Thomas Harper and Jason Taylor II had interceptions as Oklahoma State avenged last season’s loss to Baylor in the Big 12 title game.

Nixon began the second half with a 98-yard kickoff return to give Oklahoma State a 23-3 lead.

Baylor responded with two touchdowns in less than 4 1/2 minutes.

Shapen teamed up with Baldwin for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 12:23 left in the quarter. Then Christian Morgan intercepted Sanders, which set up Richard Reese’s 1-yard run to pull the Bears within 23-17 with 7:58 remaining.

It took Oklahoma State 44 seconds to answer. Braydon Johnson made an acrobatic 49-yard catch to the 1-yard-line and Richardson scored on the next play.

Tanner Brown booted a 19-yard field goal to make it 33-17 with 3:38 left in the quarter. But Shapen tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin and a two-point pass to Gavin Holmes to bring Baylor within eight with 2:14 to go in the period.

Brown booted a 26-yard field goal with 4:48 remaining and Oklahoma State closed it out.

Sanders passed for 101 yards and rushed for 72 in the first half as the Cowboys held a 16-3 advantage.

Baylor scored first on a 34-yard field goal by John Mayers.

Sanders tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Green to give the Cowboys a 7-3 lead with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State tacked on a safety when Baylor went for a deep pitch play from its own 2-yard line early in the second quarter. Reese had no chance of making it out of the end zone as Kendall Daniels made the stop.

Sanders scored on a 1-yard plunge with 27 seconds left in the half to account for the 13-point first-half lead.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders before a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Arizona State Sun Devils at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Oklahoma State won 34-17

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No. 9 Oklahoma State visits No. 16 Baylor in rematch of Big 12 title game

No. 9 Oklahoma State looks to avenge last season’s painful loss to Baylor in the Big 12 title game when the Cowboys visit the No. 16 Bears on Saturday afternoon at Waco, Texas.

Oklahoma State (3-0) is coming off a bye and playing its Big 12 opener while Baylor (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) posted a 31-24 road victory at Iowa State last week.

Last season, the Cowboys won the regular-season matchup with the Bears but fell short 21-16 in the conference championship game when a possible College Football Playoff spot was on the line. Then-No. 5 Oklahoma State had first-and-goal at the Baylor 2-yard line with 1:19 remaining but the Bears stopped all four plays, including the final one just short of the goal-line.

The play of Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders will be observed closely.

Sanders threw 12 interceptions last season and seven came in the two games against Baylor. In the title game, he was picked off four times and didn’t throw a touchdown.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said the pass protection will need to be better this time.

“I went back and looked at that, four of the seven (Sanders interceptions), I think four of them he was being hit when he let go of the ball,” Gundy said. “And then one he threw off his back foot on a crossing route, overthrew a guy and hit the safety in the stomach. So, we certainly want to be more protective with the ball against them.

“And I’m not really concerned about it based on the number of turnovers that he had. He was being hit when he threw the ball.”

Sanders has played well this season with 916 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception, and is just 173 yards away from becoming the fifth Oklahoma State quarterback to pass for 8,000 career yards.

His play has helped the Cowboys lead the nation in scoring offense (51.7 points per game) and rank eighth in total offense (511.3 yards per game).

“He’s playing pretty good,” Gundy said. “When we protect him a little bit and rush the ball some, he’s a pretty good football player. He’s got good skill. He understands what we’re trying to accomplish. We’ve talked about this a number of times, but he’s had a lot of experience now. Things come to him much easier than they did a couple of years ago.”

Baylor coach Dave Aranda has taken note of Sanders, saying “offensively, (Oklahoma State’s) quarterback really stands out. Really playing fast, looks faster, playing confident.”

The Bears are looking for their 10th consecutive home win behind an offense that ranks 22nd in scoring (40.5) and 23rd in points allowed (16.8).

Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen passed for season highs of 238 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Iowa State. He has thrown for 773 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception this season.

Shapen completed 19 of 26 passes against the Cyclones, marking the second time this season that he has completed more than 70 percent of his passes.

“If we can get things like this that we can build off, for sure we’ll do it,” Aranda said. “And then try to take the next step, because there’s a whole lot to it.”

Shapen was 23-of-28 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the title game win over the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State leads the series 22-19.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA; Baylor tight end Ben Sims (8) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryon Houlgrave/Des Moines Register-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Baylor holds off Iowa State in Big 12 opener

No. 17 Baylor surged to a 31-14 lead, then held off a late Iowa State rally to score a 31-24 win in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams in Ames, Iowa.

The Bears (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) dominated the initial 20 minutes of the second half with Christian Morgan and Devin Neal snagging interceptions of Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers on two of Iowa State’s first four possessions in the second half. Baylor forced punts on the other two possessions.

Baylor’s offense, meanwhile, pushed the lead to three scores when Richard Reese capped a 93-yard Bears drive with a 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Blake Shapen found Gavin Holmes on a 38-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

Shapen went 19-of-26 passing for 238 yards with three touchdowns spread to three receivers. Ben Sims scored on a 12-yard catch in the first quarter and Shapen found Dillon Doyle for a goal-line score in the second quarter.

Iowa State (3-1, 0-1) cut into the deficit, scoring the first points the Baylor defense allowed in a fourth quarter this season when Jirehl Brock’s 37-yard run ending on a fumble near the goal line was called a touchdown upon review.

The Cyclones defense forced a quick punt, and Dekkers’ 50-yard connection with Jaylin Noel on a third-and-7 deep in Iowa State territory led to a 28-yard Jace Gilbert field goal with 55 seconds left.

Baylor recovered Iowa State’s ensuing onside-kick attempt to snuff the comeback attempt and preserve the Bears’ first win in Ames since 2016.

Dekkers finished 23-of-36 for 284 yards with the two picks and two touchdowns. He found Dimitri Stanley for a touchdown just before halftime to pull the Cyclones to within three points by intermission. Noel caught seven passes for a game-high 120 yards.

Holmes finished with 92 yards on three receptions for Baylor. Bryson Jackson recorded two sacks for the Bears defense.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears players wave their towels in the first half of the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Baylor, Iowa State to reignite tight Big 12 rivalry

Big 12 Conference counterparts No. 17-ranked Baylor and Iowa State open their 2022 league slates on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, for the latest edition in what has been one of the most competitive series of recent years.

With its 31-29 win over Iowa State at home a year ago, Baylor (2-1) kickstarted a conference schedule that culminated in it winning the program’s first-ever outright Big 12 championship. The Bears begin their pursuit of a second straight in earnest with Saturday’s matchup against an opponent that has had especially tight contests with Baylor in recent years.

Last year’s two-point margin marked the third straight game between Baylor and Iowa State decided by seven points or fewer. The Bears took the 2019 decision, 23-21, while the Cyclones won in Dave Aranda’s first season as Baylor head coach in 2020, 38-31.

The home team has won all three of those games — and the last four in the series overall — in a trend Iowa State (3-0) aims to extend on Saturday in pursuit of the program’s best start since 2000.

Doing so will mean an offense that currently ranks ninth in the Big 12 at 156 rushing yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry must find ways to score on a defense allowing just 2.6 yards per carry and 84 rushing yards per game.

“They are a little different (compared to past seasons),” Aranda said of Iowa State during his weekly media availability. “They’re throwing it more than what they have and they’re blitzing more than what they have … (Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell) plays to the strengths of what they’ve got.”

With the departure of two-time, 1,400-yard-plus rusher Breece Hall, Iowa State is leaning on quarterback Hunter Dekkers. Dekkers is 78-of-105 passing for 745 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions through the first three games.

“We’re a super-efficient offense, which speaks well (of) this team,” Dekkers told reporters on Tuesday. “Taking what the defense gives you is going to win games.”

Dekkers also noted that the Baylor defense looks to be the fastest Iowa State has seen yet.

“It’s something you can’t prepare for,” he said of the speed. “It’s kind of something you just have to be ready for.”

The Cyclones pair their pass-heavy offensive look with an aggressive defensive approach, resulting in 14 tackles for loss and five sacks thus far. Five different Cyclones have produced sacks, including All-American end Will McDonald IV.

Pass-rush opportunities for Iowa State’s defense will be limited if the Cyclones cannot contain an effective and multifaceted Baylor rushing attack. The Bears led the Big 12 in rushing a season ago.

This season they are producing 234.7 rushing yards a game, with running backs Richard Reese, Craig Williams and Qualan Jones all rushing for at least 131 yards and scoring multiple touchdowns. Reese is averaging seven yards per carry for 237 in total and five scores.

Bears quarterback Blake Shapen has attempted fewer passes than Dekker but has completed at 50 of 74 (67.6 percent) on the season. But Iowa State defensive back Anthony Johnson told reporters that Shapen impresses the Cyclones defense and avoids errors.

–Field Level Media