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Three Things We Learned: Baylor

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Cold day in Ames, Texas upcoming.

NCAA Football: Baylor at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Things got a little heated in Ames on Saturday night, but that hasn’t stopped the hype train that is the Iowa State Cyclones right now. Iowa State took down Baylor 28-14 on Saturday night, setting up a big time matchup with Texas. Before we get into that, let’s take a look back on a few things we learned from Saturday.

Fighting Is Bad

Did I mention things got heated? Well, it all started when the Baylor defense drove David Montgomery out of bounds into a water cooler. We almost saw a big time fight right then and there, and the Iowa State players were not thrilled with Baylor. The Baylor defense frankly did not care, and the very next play, Hakeem Butler and a Baylor cornerback got into a scuffle and the rest took off from there. Baylor decided to throw a punch at David Montgomery, and Montgomery retaliated, which is not good. Both players were ejected and now Iowa State more than likely will be without David Montgomery for the first half against Texas. So the moral of they story is, don’t fight on the football field. It could cost you.

Brock Purdy Continues To Redefine The Iowa State Quarterback Position

Let’s not forget how great Seneca Wallace was before I go any further. Now, Brock Purdy is pretty darn special right now. He is right there with some of the nation’s best quarterbacks statistically per attempt. His quarterback ratings are impressive, his decision making doesn’t look like a freshman, and frankly he is just pretty good. This is something we just haven’t seen in Ames, maybe ever.

Purdy’s final stat line on Saturday was 18-23 for 230 yards and a touchdown, and also had 12 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. He just continues to be a steady workhorse for Iowa State that has propelled the Cyclones to this journey. Things are only going to get better for Brock Purdy.

Defense Doesn’t Break

Hey, sometimes you are going to give up a ton of yardage. It can happen. This is the Big 12, and the offenses are good. What was crazy to me as I was sitting at the game on Saturday was that we only allowed 14 points. That’s a great number, but some fans in my section were pissed at the yardage and I heard things like “This is no top defense,” and “This is pathetic.” Well, ok then. The goal defensively is to keep opponents from scoring. They did that and won! How can anyone be mad? Sure they give up a ton of yardage, but who cares. The defense didn’t break and it was an amazing thing to see.

Bring on Texas.