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Baylor tight end Ishmail Wainright scores a touchdown past Iowa State defensive back Reggie Wilkerson in the first half at McLane Stadium.

Staff photo —Jerry Larson

Nobody has been more important to Baylor’s defense in the last four seasons than senior linebacker Taylor Young.

That’s why his teammates were so upset when he went out with a first-quarter quadriceps injury that will end his college career.

“It was tough,” said Baylor sophomore cornerback Grayland Arnold. “Taylor is one of our main defensive players. And not only is he a main defensive player, he’s a leader. Taylor’s a guy that everyone on the team loves. Just not having him out there hurts.”

Young finished his Baylor career ranked second on the school’s career sacks list with 15.5 and is third in school history with 39 tackles for loss. His 325 tackles are the eighth most in Baylor history.

“He is a pro,” said Lenoy Jones, who replaced Young at middle linebacker. “T.Y. always taught me just play like him because you just never know when your last play is going to be. He taught me just to play fast and play physical, that’s all. And everything else will take care of itself.”

Ogor not suited up for game

Baylor coach Matt Rhule chose not to suit up linebacker Eric Ogor against Iowa State because he felt he wasn’t properly prepared for the game.

“I sent him home (Friday) night because I didn’t feel like he was doing what everybody else was doing,” Rhule said. “We hand them a test on Thursday night. The test takes a long time. Guys work at it. It shows your teammates that you’re prepared and are going to do what everyone else does. When he handed his in, to me it showed he wanted to do his own thing and didn’t want to be part of the team.”

Rhule said players must meet a certain standard to play.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids when we discipline them,” Rhule said. “I love Eric, but there’s a standard, and there’s — not just a standard. There’s a brotherhood.”

Martin drills career-long FG

If anyone still doubted the strength of Connor Martin’s leg, they should have been convinced by the Baylor kicker’s effort on Saturday. Martin, a sophomore from Frisco, thumped a career-long 47-yard field goal through the uprights early in the third quarter, bringing Baylor to within 17-13 of Iowa State. Other Baylor kickers have booted them longer — the team record belongs to David “Bubba” Hicks, who made a 60-yarder in 1975 — but Martin’s boot was impressive in that it cleared the crossbar easily into a stiff headwind.

“I said to him, ‘Hey, can you make it from there?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I can make it from there,’” BU coach Matt Rhule said. “He did a nice job. ... That was a big-time kick.”

With a pair of field goals, Martin moved into a tie for second place on Baylor’s single-season list with 18 field goals. He needs two more in Baylor’s final game against TCU to pass Aaron Jones for the all-time single-season school record.

Wainright catches second TD

Just like Cris Carter, all Ish Wainright does is catch touchdowns. The Baylor basketball player-turned-football tight end made his second career catch in the first quarter against the Cyclones. And just like his first catch, this one went for six. Wainright broke loose on a short route into the flat, and ended up with a 13-yard TD from Charlie Brewer.

“That’s a play we’ve been having all year,” Wainright said. “We did it perfectly, so there’s nothing more to ask.”