Iowa State drops Big 12 opener to Baylor, 31-29


Baylor stopped a two-point try with 24 seconds left to beat No. 14 Iowa State 31-29 on Saturday.

Breece Hall ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries for Iowa State (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) and caught five passes for 51 yards, including a 16-yard score in the final minute that was followed by a failed two-point try. The Bears recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. Gerry Bohanon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another for Baylor.

The Bears (4-0, 2-0) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and never trailed again. Bohannon ran for an 8-yard touchdown, then found Tyquan Thornton along the left sideline for a 21-yard TD and Ben Sims behind the Iowa State secondary for a 33-yard score to give Baylor a 21-7 lead seven seconds into the second quarter.

Bohannon finished 14 for 19 for 164 yards and rushed for 36 yards. Treston Ebner returned a kickoff 98 yards for Baylor’s only touchdown of the second half with 6:59 left in the third quarter. Brock Purdy was 22 for 33 for 263 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted once, stopping a drive at the Baylor 22 with 11:55 left in the game.

Hall’s rushing touchdown on the opening drive of the game was his 16th-straight game with a rushing touchdown, breaking the Big 12 record. Hall also tied the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 36, while setting the career touchdowns mark with his 40th.


Iowa State will return home to meet Kansas on Oct. 2. Coverage starts at 4 p.m. on KWPC-AM/FM.