WACO, Texas (KCRG) - It's only the Big 12 opener, but it's not how Iowa State wanted to start off conference play. The Cyclones lost on the road to Baylor, 23-21.
The game was scoreless until the final minute of the first half when Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer threw a fade pass to Denzel Mims for a 9-yard touchdown. The Bears led 7-0 at halftime. They extended that lead to 20-0 after three quarters.
Iowa State's offense finally found a rhythm midway through the fourth quarter. Johnnie Lang scored a pair of touchdowns and then Brock Purdy found Charlie Kolar for a 20-yard touchdown, putting the Cyclones ahead 21-20 with 3:45 left in the game.
Baylor regained the lead when John Mayer drilled a 38-yard field goal to make it 23-21 with 21 seconds left.
Iowa State's drive stalled after losing a fumble.
The Cyclones host TCU next Saturday at 11 a.m.