AMES — Iowa State hadn’t relinquished its lead until the moment that mattered most.
All anybody on the ISU sideline could do was sit and watch No. 13 Baylor kick a game-winning field goal that amounted to a distance shorter than an extra point.
“You’ve got to tackle, you’ve got to catch the ball, you’ve got to score when you have the opportunity to score,” said Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell following his team’s 45-42 loss. “And unfortunately we didn’t do those things.
“It’s a great learning experience. You can’t put yourself in a position to leave it up for chance and we did unfortunately.”
The Cyclones (1-4, 0-2) led the Bears (5-0) for 53:33 and were tied for the last 6:27 of regulation, but kicker Chris Callahan ultimately ended up with a go-ahead 19-yard field goal. Baylor scored 17-straight points, all in the fourth quarter, after Iowa State led 42-28.
In the final 15 minutes the ISU offense, which had been clicking through the first three quarters, managed just seven yards with three three-and-outs. Baylor used a 4:54 drive to set up its game-winning kick and had 213 yards rushing.
“At the end of the game, neither side of the ball got it done,” said center Brian Bobek. “Neither one of us really put it away and just as a team we need to execute better.”
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Iowa State found a rhythm early offensively and scored touchdowns on its first six possessions — not counting an end-of-half possession that was less than a minute. Only one of the Cyclones scoring drives lasted less than 3:21.
Quarterback Joel Lanning played every offensive snap and was 17-for-23 passing for 261 yards and two touchdowns while helping Iowa State generate 465 yards of offense. Sophomore Mike Warren was the team-leading rusher with 30 carries for 130 yards and two scores while junior Trever Ryen had five catches for 75 yards.
The Cyclones led by two touchdowns five times after going ahead 14-0 on a one-yard Warren score.
“We were just clicking offensively on all cylinders,” Lanning said. “We were running the ball, throwing the ball, catching the ball. We ran the same play three times in a row on the goal line and finally got it in there. We were trying to hit them with tempo and we did and we stuck with it. We’ve got to be able to finish games.”
Part of Iowa State’s undoing was its inability to stop a potent Baylor ground attack while punting on all three fourth-quarter possessions.
The Bears amassed 647 yards with 469 rushing yards. Shock Linwood had 237 yards and a touchdown while Terence Williams had 126 yards and two scores. Quarterback Seth Russell was 12-for-22 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown while rushing for two more.
Defensive back Evrett Edwards led Iowa State with 13 tackles while linebacker Willie Harvey added 12 tackles with three tackles for loss.
Linwood’s longest run of the day was a 59-yarder late in the first half that helped set up Russell’s three-yard scoring run. That touchdown was initially ruled a fumble recovered by Iowa State, but was reversed after a review and showed Russell’s knee was down in the end zone.
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Iowa State scored 40 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2008, but is on an 18-game losing streak against ranked opponents — the third-longest streak among Power 5 teams.
“We just didn’t make some plays we needed to make so I don’t think it’s a confidence issue,” Campbell said. “I think it’s an issue of execution and we didn’t execute well enough to win the football game.”
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