Iowa State was victorious in their 100th Homecoming game on the strength of a much improved offense, defeating Baylor 35-21.
Guide To Improving A Struggling Offense
Step 1. Invite Seneca Wallace back for homecoming and sneak him into Steele Jantz's jersey.
Step 2. Play the nation's worst defense in Baylor.
Step 3. Profit.
Seneca/Steele Jantz made the most of his
second third chance, setting career highs in passing yardage (381) and touchdowns (5) while also setting the school record for completions with 36. Jantz was helped by playing the incredibly porous Baylor defense, but was on the money with his throws most of the day, driving in some passes into tight windows with accuracy. Jarvis West was the big beneficiary of Steele's new-found marksmanship, finishing with 7 catches for 99 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Jake Knott injury saga took another turn early Saturday morning as reports indicated that he would try to play through his shoulder injury. The toughest linebacker in the country finished with 11 tackles while playing the entire game. He and Paul Rhoads commented post game that he is now day to day as he manages the pain.
The defense as a whole lived up to the bend but don't break moniker, letting Baylor dink and dunk down the field for a lot of yards, but did manage to force 4 turnovers. The defensive players actually looked fresh for once, as Iowa State dominated time of possession 38:48 to 21:12. Exactly the kind of break the overworked unit needed.
The Cyclones now look to have 3 very winnable games left against Texas, Kansas, and WVU. They are home once again next week against Oklahoma, which has just been announced as an 11 AM kickoff.