WACO, Texas – Baylor’s John Mayers connected on a 38-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining as Baylor defeated Iowa State, 23-21, Saturday at McLane Stadium. The Cyclones fall to 2-2 this season and Baylor improves to 4-0 overall.
The Cyclones trailed 7-0 at the end of the first half after a defensive battle, but the Bears extended the lead to 20-0 with a pair of third quarter scores.
But the Iowa State offense came to life at the end of the third quarter as Brock Purdy connected with Sean Shaw for a 33-yard gain.
The Cyclones started the fourth quarter with a 30-yard pass to Allen, which led to a three-yard TD run from Johnnie Lang to finally get on the board with 14:34 remaining.
After a stop by the Iowa State defense, Purdy found Lang for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 20-14 Baylor with 7:24 to play.
The Iowa State defense came up with another stop, giving the ball back to Purdy and the offense, which took advantage of the opportunity. Purdy connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Kolar to give the Cyclones their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 3:45 remaining.
Unfortunately for the Cyclones, Baylor was able to get into field goal position and Mayers hit his first career field goal to give the Bears the win.
Players of Note…
Purdy finished the game 27-for-45 for 342 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fifth career 300-yard game, matching Bret Meyer for the school record.
Lang scored his second and third career touchdowns and finished with 35 rushing yards and one reception for 12 yards.
Deshaunte Jones led Iowa State in receptions and receiving yards with seven catches and 77 yards, while Kolard had five catches for 72 yards.
O’Rien Vance finished with a team-high nine total tackles and two sacks.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Jake Hummel had a career-high two tackles for a loss.
*Deshaunte Jones is now sixth in school history with 135 career receptions, moving past Ed Williams (1994-97) and Otto Stowe (1968-70), who had 132 catches each.
*Sean Shaw had a career-long reception of 33 yards in the third quarter.
Iowa State hosts TCU next Saturday at 11 a.m.