CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) -
Game: Iowa State (2-1) at Baylor (3-0)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CT
Venue: McLane Stadium
Iowa State Tidbits: Baylor leads the all-time series against Iowa State 9-8, but the Cyclones have won the last two meetings. Iowa State is 3-5 overall in Waco.
The last time Iowa State won its Big 12 opener was in 2015 against Kansas State.
Iowa State is coming off a record-breaking performance on offense against Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday. The Cyclones set a new school record for total offense with 714 yards. Brock Purdy also set a new school record with 510 yards of total offense and tied a school record with six total touchdowns. Purdy only played three quarters.
Senior defensive end JaQuan Bailey needs one sack to become Iowa State’s all-time career sacks leader. He’s currently tied with Shawn Moorehead with 18.5.
Wide receivers Tarique Milton and Deshaunte Jones each had 100 yards receiving last weekend versus Louisiana-Monroe. Iowa State is one of seven teams nationally to have two wide receivers ranked in the top-35 nationally in receiving yards per game: Milton (14th; 101.3) and Jones (35th; 85.7).
A look at the opponent: Baylor
Baylor enters the game with a 3-0 record. The Bears have won five straight games dating back to last season, which is their longest winning streak since starting the 2016 season 6-0.
Baylor’s offense has scored at will in the first three games of the season outscoring its opponents 91-10 in the first half. The Bears rank second in the Big 12 in scoring offense (46.7 ppg). Thirteen different players have scored a touchdown.
The running game has been the strength so far on offense for Baylor. The Bears average 253.3 rushing yards per game, which is ranked 18th nationally.
Surprisingly, defense has also been a strength for Baylor through the first three games. The Bears are giving up just 261.7 yards of offense, which is ranked 10th nationally. They only give up 146 yards through the air and 115 on the ground.
Baylor owns a 9-8 edge in the series against Iowa State, but has lost two straight for the first time since losing four consecutive games from 1997-2004.