In a game in which Baylor produced its fourth 70-point outing and another swollen total of 714 total yards, it was perhaps ironic that the team’s defense stole the show.
Baylor’s defense thoroughly dismantled Iowa State in the 12th-ranked Bears’ 71-7 homecoming win Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.
So much so that Baylor’s defenders think they may have spotted a smile on coordinator Phil Bennett’s face after the game.
“It was pretty much a happy Coach Bennett after the game,” linebacker Eddie Lackey said. “When you can make that happen, you’re doing something right as a defense, because he’s a very tough critic.”
Flying around with heavy pressure in the backfield, the Bears limited the Cyclones to nine first downs and 174 yards. They also came up with three takeaways, the 10th time in the past 13 games Baylor has forced at least two turnovers.
Not only did Bennett love it, so did the guys on the other side of the ball. Even if it didn’t result in Baylor’s first shutout since 1995, as the backups allowed an Iowa State TD pass with 47 seconds to play.
“My hat’s off to the defense. Holy cow,” quarterback Bryce Petty said. “In my mind, that’s a goose egg.”
Seastrunk over 100
Lache Seastrunk didn’t stay stalled under 100 yards for long.
A week after his nine-game streak of 100-yard rushing performances was snapped by Kansas State, Baylor’s junior running back motored into high gear.
Seastrunk put up 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries, and energized the fans with a wiggling, defender-dodging 48-yard run late in the second quarter.
Making kicks count
Baylor senior kicker Aaron Jones has become an expert at hitting last-second field goals.
His 51-yarder as time expired in the first half marked the 10th time in his Baylor career that he’s made a field goal on the last play of a half.
Besides his 51-yard field goal, Jones also nailed 22 and 21-yarders against the Cyclones after he had hit just two of his four attempts coming into the game.
Jones also drilled nine extra points to finish with a career-high 15 points.