The sign of a good coaching staff is how the team adjusts in the second half. Down 21-10 at the half, Kansas State showed it knows how to adjust, as the Wildcats outscored Baylor 15-0 in the third quarter to take a 25-21 lead, and setting up a battle in the fourth quarter.
For KSU, that battle never happened. After reeling off 15 straight points in the third, Baylor answered with 14 of their own, and a 35-25 win.
The Wildcats got the scoring started in the second half on a Jack Cantele field goal to get the score to 21-13.
Baylor got the ball on the next possession, but after 4 plays, the Bears were forced to punt, and the Wildcats capitalized on the stop. Weston Hiebert blocked the punt, and it was recovered by KSU at the Baylor 19, giving the 'Cats great field position.
From there, it only took a John Hubert 17-yard run, and a Daniel Sams 2-yard keeper to get the Cats to within 2. They went for the two-point conversion, but were stopped.
Baylor again got the ball back, but on the second play of the drive, quarterback Bryce Petty was stripped by Ryan Mueller, who recovered the ball at the Baylor 44, and the Wildcats were again in business.
KSU put together a 10-play drive that ended in a touchdown. The 'Cats again went for two, and they were again denied, leaving the score at 25-21 at the end of the third quarter.
Again showing the quick strike offense, Baylor needed only 5 plays and 1:12 to retake the lead, when Tevin Reese took a pass from Petty and raced 54 yards for the score, and a 28-25 lead.
Kansas State had a chance to tie the game with 6:49 left, but Jack Cantele missed a 41-yard field goal to keep the score at 28-25.
Late in the game, Baylor added a rushing touchdown to take the lead to 35-25.
The Baylor Bears have one of the quickest scoring offenses in the nation, and they proved it in the first half against Kansas State.
Kansas State has had issues with the defensive side of the ball, but the Wildcat D held the Bears in check for most of the half until 9:00 left in the half when Baylor needed only two plays to go 95 yards. The tie game was now 14-7 instead, and it took only 0:34 seconds to do it.
After a Jack Cantele field goal got KSU to within 4, Baylor again showed the quick strike offense, this time taking only 0:38 seconds to go 73 yards, and suddenly the Bears led 21-10. The two combined drives took 4 plays, 168 yards and 1:10 of game clock.
The Bears now have 16 scoring drives that lasted less than a minute, which leads the nation.
For KSU, quarterback Daniel Sams has been electric. Sams has carried the ball 15 times for 124 yards, while completing two passes for 24 yards. Sams also scored the lone Wildcat touchdown of the half.
The majority of the Baylor offense has come through the air. Quarterback Bryce Petty is 10 for 16 for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Lache Seastrunk is considered a Heisman Trophy candidate, but the Wildcat defense has held him in check so far, with only six carries for 31 yards.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun