Iowa State was down 20-0 at one point and came back to take the lead, but lost to Baylor in Waco, 23-21.
Both teams started out sluggish, neither team scored in the first quarter. Iowa State combined for seven punts in the first, Iowa State missed two field goals while Baylor missed one, and Iowa State turned it over once.
Baylor scored a touchdown on a completion from Charlie Brewer to Denzel Mims with 58 seconds remaining in the half. Connor Assalley followed that up with Iowa State’s second missed kicked on the day to send Iowa State into the locker room trailing 7-0.
Baylor came out of the locker room and scored another touchdown on the connection of Brewer to Mims. A botched PAT kept the score at 13-0.
The Iowa State offense came out and laid an egg in the third quarter, they punted twice and gave the defense no time to catch their breathe under the tents (OH WAIT.)
Baylor took advantage of the tired Cyclone defense one more time and scored on their third straight drive on a 35 yard touchdown by Tyquan Thompson.
Iowa State trailed 20-0 going into the final quarter, they responded with a Johnnie Lang touchdown 26 seconds in.
Jon Heacock’s defense forced a turnover on downs and then the offense went and scored on a wheel route by Johnnie Lang to make the score 20-14.
The Iowa State defense forced a three-and-out and went down to score a touchdown for their third drive in a row. This time is was on a Charlie Kolar reception to give Iowa State a 21-20 lead.
Baylor got the ball back with 3:45 left and slowing marched down the field while they steadily pierced through every Iowa State fan’s skin. After an array of bad coverages and blown tackles, John Mayers hit the first field goal of his career to give Baylor a 23-21 lead.
Iowa State failed to convert in the last 19 seconds and it resulted in their second loss of the season.
Iowa State fell to 2-2 and 0-1 in the Big 12 ahead of their matchup with TCU in Ames next week.