Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dominant performances by the Bears offense and defensive line gives Baylor massive edge.
The Baylor Bears have dominated the first half of the 2012 Holiday Bowl, leading the UCLA Bruins 35-10. The Bears opened the scoring seven minutes into the first quarter, when halfback Glasco Martin capped a six-play, 53-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown plunge. A Nick Florence 48-yard completion to a streaking Terrance Williams set up Baylor's second touchdown, an eight-yard reception by Antwan Goodley.
Florence completed his second bomb of the half early in the second quarter, connecting with Tevin Reese for a 55-yard touchdown to extend the Baylor lead to 21-0. A Bears fumble gave UCLA the ball at Baylor's 22 yard line, and Bruin quarterback Brett Hundley needed only one play to cash it in, connecting with Joseph Fauria on a touchdown pass to make the score 21-7. But the Bears responded quickly. Glasco Martin's second touchdown carry quickly restored the 21-point Baylor lead, and a Lache Seastrunk 43-yard TD run with 2:00 left in the half gave the Bears their 35-7 halftime edge. UCLA's no-huddle offense drove to the Baylor 13-yard line, and Ka'imi Fairbairn made a 30-yard field goal to complete the half.
Nick Florence has been excellent so far, completing 8 of his 11 pass attempts for 174 yards and two scores, breaking Robert Griffin III's single-season school record for passing yardage in the process. Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk have combined for 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Florence has added 23 yards rushing.
For UCLA, Hundley is 7-of-15 passing for 74 yards and a score, but has struggled with pressure from the Baylor defense, taking five sacks. Sixteen Bruin carries have resulted in just 21 yards. Senior tight end Joseph Fauria has been the only effective offensive weapon for UCLA, catching four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Adding injury to insult, two UCLA offensive linemen left the field with injuries. Center Jake Brendel and left tackle Torian White both were carted to the locker room in the first half, and their status is uncertain.