GAMEDAY College Football

Baylor 31, Iowa State 24

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

By ANDREW LOGUE
Associated Press

AMES, Iowa - A tough loss two weeks ago prepared No. 17 Baylor for their Big 12 opener at Iowa State.

After a double-overtime defeat at BYU, Bears quarterback Blake Shapen was ready for a rowdy Jack Trice Stadium crowd and was the catalyst for a 31-24 victory over the Cyclones.

"We struggled a little bit at BYU, with the noise and things like that," Shapen said after throwing for 238 yards and three touchdowns against Iowa State. "People look at that and don't give it too much credit at times, but it's always a big win when you go on the road in conference."

The loss snapped the Iowa State's 11-game home winning streak against Big 12 rivals.

"I know it's a tough place to play," Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. "It's just a difficult place. They never beat themselves. You have to win it."

Shapen completed 19 of his 26 passes, connecting with 11 receivers. Gavin Holmes finished with three catches for 92 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"We were never able to control the momentum of the football game early on," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "We needed to be better."

The Bears (3-1) seized control midway through the third quarter, driving 93 yards in 10 plays and taking a 24-14 lead on Richard Reese's 19-yard touchdown run.

Iowa State (3-1) was undone by two interceptions and averaging just 2.4 yards per rush.

"Today was a great example of complementary football," Bears linebacker Bryson Jackson said.

The Cyclones scored 10 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes, but their onside kick with 55 seconds remaining was recovered by the Bears.

Baylor scored on each of its first three possessions, building a 17-7 lead in the second quarter.

"It always felt like we were fighting from behind," Campbell said. "What I love about (our team) is they kept playing and they kept fighting and they kept competing."

Two of the drives ended with touchdown passes from Shapen. His success came partly from deep throw opportunities that exposed Iowa State's secondary.

"When they're giving it to us and we're able to take advantage, it really opens up the offense," Shapen said.

Iowa State cut the margin to 17-14 by halftime when Hunter Dekkers threw a 24-yard scoring toss to Dimitri Stanley.

But the Bears held firm, drawing from their experience at BYU.

"BYU was definitely a learning lesson," Baylor linebacker Bryson Jackson said. "It definitely prepared us for today. We didn't beat ourselves."

The Bears finished with more than a 9-minute edge in time of possession.

TAKEAWAY

Baylor: The Bears found success against a solid Iowa State defense. The Cyclones topped the Big 12 through three nonconference games by allowing an average of 234.3 yards - including holding their last two opponents under the 300-yard mark.

The Bears netted 273 yards through the first three quarters and covered 68 or more yards on four of their first six full possessions. They finished with 361 total yards.

Iowa State: Dekkers threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns, but Baylor had him under pressure. He was sacked four times, twice by Jackson.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BaylorIaSt
Baylor TD 8:40 Ben Sims 12 yd pass from Blake Shapen (John Mayers kick) 7 0
IaSt TD 2:55 Jirehl Brock 2 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 7 7
Second Quarter BaylorIaSt
Baylor FG 12:27 John Mayers 24 yd FG 10 7
Baylor TD 7:09 Dillon Doyle 1 yd pass from Blake Shapen (John Mayers kick) 17 7
IaSt TD 0:46 Dimitri Stanley 24 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 17 14
Third Quarter BaylorIaSt
Baylor TD 6:05 Richard Reese 19 yd run (John Mayers kick) 24 14
Fourth Quarter BaylorIaSt
Baylor TD 9:37 Gavin Holmes 38 yd pass from Blake Shapen (John Mayers kick) 31 14
IaSt TD 7:16 Jirehl Brock 37 yd run (Jace Gilbert kick) 31 21
IaSt FG 0:55 Jace Gilbert 28 yd FG 31 24
Team Stats
  Baylor Iowa State
First downs 23 17
  Rushing 6 5
  Passing 12 11
  Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 8-15, 53%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 42-123 27-66
Passing Yards 238 284
Return Yards 64 23
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-26-0 23-36-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--12 4--20
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 46.3 48.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-30 8-78
Time of Possession 34:39 25:21
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Shapen 19 26 238 3 0
Iowa State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Dekkers 23 36 284 2 2
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Reese 21 78 3.7 1
C. Williams 10 36 3.6 0
Q. Jones 2 10 5.0 0
B. Shapen 7 3 0.4 0
Iowa State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Brock 14 73 5.2 1
D. Silas 1 6 6.0 0
C. Norton 1 1 1.0 0
H. Dekkers 11 -14 -1.3 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Holmes 3 92 30.7 1
H. Presley 2 50 25.0 0
B. Sims 5 39 7.8 1
D. Dabney 2 23 11.5 0
J. Cameron 1 10 10.0 0
Q. Jones 1 8 8.0 0
R. Reese 1 4 4.0 0
S. Jones 1 4 4.0 0
J. Fleeks 1 4 4.0 0
M. Baldwin 1 3 3.0 0
D. Doyle 1 1 1.0 1
Iowa State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Noel 7 120 17.1 0
X. Hutchinson 8 84 10.5 0
D. Stanley 4 55 13.8 1
J. Brock 3 17 5.7 1
E. Dean 1 8 8.0 0
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Neal 1 0
C. Morgan 1 0
Iowa State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Power 3 139 46.3
Iowa State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Perkins 4 193 48.3
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Holmes 2 -2 -1.0
Iowa State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Noel 1 2 2.0
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Nabors 2 43 21.5
G. Holmes 1 13 13.0
J. Fleeks 1 10 10.0
M. Jones 1 0 0
Iowa State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Purchase 1 21 21.0
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length
Iowa State Missed FG
Player Length




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