Posted by Tom Fornelli
BAYLOR WON. Baylor got a nice bounce-back win on Saturday night after losing to Kansas State last week. After getting off to a slow start and trailing the Cyclones 14-7 halfway through the second quarter, the Bears reeled off 28 straight points to take command. Robert Griffin didn't have his best night of the season, but even RG3's "off" nights are better than a lot of people's. Griffin finished the night with 319 total yards and 3 touchdowns. The star of the game for the Baylor offense, however, was running back Terrence Ganaway. Ganaway rushed for 200 yards on 23 carries with 3 touchdowns of his own.
WHY BAYLOR WON. Iowa State's defense did a nice job early in the game, but the Baylor offense is way too explosive to keep contained for a full 60 minutes. Baylor's offense not only racked up 614 yards of offense, but picked up 402 yards on the ground to keep Iowa State's offense off the field, and therefore keep the Baylor defense off the field. Which is never a bad thing.
WHEN BAYLOR WON. When Tevin Elliot picked up a Steele Jantz fumble and took it back 84 yards to the house for a touchdown that made the score 35-14 the fat lady began belting out an impressive aria signifying the end of the Cyclones' chances.
WHAT BAYLOR WON. After getting off to an 0-1 start in conference play last week, the Bears were able to get back to .500 in Big 12 play and remain in contention for the Big 12 title, even if their odds aren't great. It also moved one win closer to becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season, which is a remarkable feat in Waco.
WHAT IOWA STATE LOST. This loss not only put Iowa State in an 0-2 hole in Big 12 play, but it also put Iowa State's bowl chances in peril. Sure, the Cyclones already have three wins on the year, but looking at the rest of Iowa State's schedule, a home date against Kansas is probably the only contest left in which Iowa State would be considered the favorite.