Baylor football put forth a strong effort on senior day against Iowa State, but the Bears fell just short in a 23-13 loss at McLane Stadium.
For the eighth time this season, Baylor was within one score in the fourth quarter. For the eighth time, the Bears failed to capitalize. Now, the Bears have fallen to 1-10 with only one game left against TCU in Fort Worth next weekend.
Here are three takeaways from Baylor’s 23-13 loss to Iowa State.
1. Strong overall play
Baylor played unafraid against one of the most underrated teams in the nation. The Bears had 25 first downs and 331 yards of offense against one of the top two defenses in the Big 12 this season.
Charlie Brewer threw for 198 yards and a touchdown. Running back JaMycal Hasty added 86 yards on just 17 carries against the Cyclones. However, David Montgomery posted 144 yards against the Baylor defense for Iowa State.
2. Injury woes
Baylor linebacker Taylor Young has been the backbone of the improving defense. It was his senior day, and he deserved to go out on top. Unfortunately, Young exited early with an undisclosed injury.
Later, offensive tackle Mo Porter also sustained an injury. It was a disappointing day for two players who hoped to celebrate senior day in grand fashion. Instead, converted defensive lineman Josh Malin had to play left tackle, and third-string middle linebacker Lenoy Jones had to make the calls.
3. Shooting self in foot
Once again, this loss was about self-inflicted mistakes. The Bears were right in the same range as Iowa State from a yardage perspective. Baylor also held the ball for more of the game, which is a great indicator for a defense that was allowed to be rested.
However, the Bears had two critical mistakes in key spots. Baylor was driving down the field early in the fourth quarter and broke into the red zone. Then running back John Lovett had the ball taken from him by Iowa State defensive back Brian Peevy. Later, Brewer threw a bad interception approaching the end zone. In a game that was decided by just 10 points, those missed opportunities loom large.