Quick Hits: Baylor 47, Louisiana-Monroe 42

By Matt Hinton | Blogger

Baylor Won. After nearly four hours, five lead changes and more than 1,100 yards of total offense between both teams, Baylor finally, successfully fended off the latest upset bidfrom über-underdog Louisiana-Monroe, 47-42. The Bears began the game by falling in a 14-0 hole in the first quarter, and trailed 21-7 early in the second, from which point they proceeded to outscore the Warhawks 40-14 over the next two-and-a-half quarters to put the game away.

Why Baylor Won.Starting his third game as successor to Heisman hero Robert Griffin III, senior quarterback Nick Florence continues to put up RG3-worthy numbers, bombing Monroe for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns on 26-of-39 passing. Ultimately, the Warhawks were no match for the Bears' speed at wide receiver: All four touchdown passes – two to Terrance Williams, two to Tevin Reese – covered at least 20 yards on downfield routes that got behind the ULM secondary.

Through three games, Florence has 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns against the unusually flammable secondaries of SMU, Sam Houston State and now UL-Monroe, although he also has four interceptions.

When Baylor Won.Leading 40-35 with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Bears put the comeback on ice by plunging tailback Glasco Martin straight ahead on a risky 4th-and-1 attempt at midfield, their fourth successful fourth-down conversion in as many tries. Four plays later, Florence found Williams in the end zone for a 22-yard strike that pushed the advantage to an insurmountable 12 points with just 2:30 on the clock.

What Baylor Won.The close call is a bad omen for the Bears' prospects in Big 12 play, all the more reason a 3-0 start against the most beatable teams on the schedule is essential to getting back to a bowl game. It may take an upset or two, but if Baylor can find three wins on the conference slate to get to 6-6 -- most likely candidates: Kansas, Iowa State andTexas Tech -- it stands a very good chance of extending its postseason streak to three years in a row.

What Louisiana-Monroe Lost. After splitting overtime thrillers with Arkansas and Auburn in their first two games, another close call against a respectable BCS favorite reinforces ULM as a formidable upstart with realistic designs on the Sun Belt Conference championship. But close as they came, the Warhawks still come out of the giant-killing portion of the schedule with a 1-2 record and no more giants to slay.

That Was Crazy. Say what you will about this ULM fan:

…but the guy's got spirit. Yes he does.

 
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