Iowa State shuffles QBs in 71-7 loss to Baylor

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads won’t spend much time dwelling on
the blowout loss to Baylor.

Instead, he’ll pause to consider his next move at
quarterback.

Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, the Baylor
defense came within a minute of its first Big 12 shutout against a
shuffling pair of quarterbacks and the No. 12 Bears tied a school
record with their 10th straight win, beating Iowa State 71-7 on
Saturday night.

Iowa State (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) replaced starter Sam Richardson
with redshirt freshman Grant Rohach while Baylor pulled away in the
second quarter. Richardson came back in the second half, but it
didn’t matter much.

The Cyclones had nine first downs and three turnovers, although
they spoiled Baylor’s shutout with 47 seconds left on a 27-yard
pass to DeVondrick Nealy from Rohach, who replaced Richardson again
in the second half.

”Neither was the winning edge, and there’s 10 other guys out
there on the field, too,” said Rhoads, adding that he went into
the game thinking Rohach would play. ”There’s a lot that wasn’t
done. It’s not just that quarterback position.”

The late Iowa State touchdown opened the door for Baylor (6-0,
3-0) to get its fourth 70-point game of the season when Corey
Coleman returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards – the second special
teams score of the game for the Bears.

”We have a complete team,” said Petty, who has the Bears off
to their best start since 1980 on a winning streak that matches one
from 1936-37. ”We’ve got to keep doing it.”

Antwan Goodley had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns,
and Lache Seastrunk had 112 yards rushing a week after his streak
of 100-yard games ended at eight.

Petty, the nation’s leader in passing efficiency, was 23 of 31
without an interception and ran for a touchdown before he and the
rest of the starters were pulled early in the fourth quarter with
the Bears leading 51-0 on the way to their 17th win in their last
18 home games.

”You don’t have to tell them much,” Rhoads said. ”They know
they just got whipped and I know I just got whipped.”

Playing their first game as the highest-ranked team in the Big
12, the Bears got their offense cranking again a week after needing
two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull out a 35-25 win at
Kansas State.

Now they go back to Kansas to face the Jayhawks next weekend,
already eligible for a bowl game for a school-record fourth
straight year.

”That’s a big deal,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. ”Our goal
has been `six after six’ since last spring, and our players
accomplished it.”

Baylor’s first big play was actually a backward pass from Petty
to Levi Norwood, who pulled up and threw a left-handed floater that
Jay Lee had to wait for and thus was pulled down from behind after
a 41-yard gain. Goodley got the Bears’ first touchdown on a 4-yard
catch three plays later.

The Bears scored again a minute later after just the second lost
fumble of the season for the Cyclones at their 29. Aaron Wimberly
dropped the ball as he was thrown to the turf by Byron Bonds, and
Eddie Lackey recovered.

After a 26-yard pass to Tevin Reese, who had 105 yards
receiving, Seastrunk scored for a 14-0 Baylor lead.

The Bears went up 20-0 on a 90-yard drive to a 21-yard field by
Aaron Jones, and the Cyclones looked like they were in trouble on
the next possession when Rohach came out to take the first snap of
his career.

Wimberly went 18 yards on Rohach’s first play, but that was the
only first down before a quick 17-point burst to finish the half by
the Bears, who came in leading the nation at 715 yards and 63
points per game.

Richardson and Rohach combined for just 133 yards passing with
an interception apiece and five sacks between them. Richardson went
down three times, and Baylor had 10 tackles for loss.

The Cyclones finished with just 41 yards rushing because they
had 47 yards in losses. They had 174 yards total offense, with 57
coming on the late scoring drive.

”It was very apparent, the first two drives nerves kind of got
to me,” Rohach said. ”As the game went on, I got more reps, they
slowed down for me, which is nice. I didn’t like the outcome.”