Iowa State beats Baylor, clinches winning season

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2017

Matt Rhule lingered in the locker room Saturday afternoon, letting the Baylor seniors, many of whom were emotional, know how much they were appreciated in what's become one of the worst seasons in school history.

The win clinched a winning season for Iowa State for the first time since 2009, and was record breaking day for Allen Lazard.

Cyclones sophomore running back David Montgomery is second in the Big 12 with 93.6 yards rushing per game.

Iowa State got good news after the game.

Coach Matt Campbell said that Montgomery will likely be "ready to roll" for Iowa State's season finale against Kansas State.

Campbell said the X-rays done came back negative for breaks or strains.

That doesn't mean Montgomery and the Cyclones are out of the woods yet, but it's a step in the right direction.

"I thought that was a great pick", Campbell said, "and they were dinking and doinking, kind of moving their way down the field and boom he steps into a play over the middle and does a great job. Don't count him out".

The following Cyclone offensive possession operated mostly through the run as sophomore running back David Montgomery rushed for 36-yards within the Cyclone's first five plays of the series. Cook had 89 last season and Montgomery still has another game to go.

Going into the second quarter, the game remained tied at 7-7. "Baylor kept rotating its defensive line".

Those big chunks opened up the passing game for Noland.

The game's first turnover halted a 16-play, 72-yard Baylor drive early in the fourth quarter. A play that broke Blythe's record. "Other teams think they have it their way but we refuse to just give up". That ideal record continues to stay unbroken as the Cyclones won the turnover battle against the Bears and it resulted in yet another win.

It was Noland's first touchdown of his career. "It just took away points from us when you turn the ball over".

"Hakeem's unreal when the ball is in the air", Noland said. He went from sideline to sideline for a 17-yard gain on third down, ran 23 yards after catching a pass from Jerrod Heard, then found Chris Warren for a 23-yard score just before halftime for a 14-0 lead. "We'd been a slow-paced team the past two games, so we had to switch that up".

Baylor picked apart ISU's defense in the first quarter, accumulating 130 yards of offense - including 79 on the ground. Baylor picked up six first downs before the drive bogged down at Iowa State's 9 where Martin drilled a 27-yard field goal to give the Bears a 10-7 lead with 13:50 left in the second quarter.

"That's team football and that's the willingness to really believe", Campbell said, "These kids never faltered - everyone was waiting for a letdown this week".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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