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Baylor vs. Iowa State: Bears skid continues

Baylor lost its fourth consecutive game on Saturday, falling to 3-4 on the season and remaining winless in conference play.

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"The Year of the Bear" is dead for Baylor

The Baylor Bears continued their nightmarish season Saturday evening, losing their fourth straight game as the Iowa State Hawkeyes rolled, 35-21.

Last year's magical 2011 campaign now seems light years away and Our Daily Bears shared that sentiment in their post game recap. Mark C. Moore claimed "the Year of the Bear is dead," calling 2012 "an absolute disaster" before getting into further detail on his feelings from Saturday's game:

"Tonight, we saw the first true dropoff from 2011 in an offense that actually contributed far more to the loss than the defense, which obviously had its own struggles. When we needed points we couldn't get them. When we had a chance to keep the game close in the first half and third quarter we couldn't do it. Losing to Iowa State was 100% a team effort."

The Bears only managed 115 yards on 30 carries against Iowa State which is a far cry from the numbers Robert Grififn and company were putting up last year on the ground. Senior QB Nick Florence continued to put up gaudy numbers (426 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) but good portion of that came in garbage time.

As for the defense, they allowed 557 total yards with the Hawkeyes going on long drives that had them holding the ball for over 17 more minutes than the Bears.

For continued Baylor football analysis, head on over to Our Daily Bears.

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Baylor-Iowa State: Rest in peace, Year of the Bear

The Bears offense struggled mightily in loss to the Cyclones.

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Baylor vs. Iowa State final: Bears lose 35-21

The Baylor Bears fell to Iowa State on Saturday night, 35-21, in a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of offense between the two teams.

The Cyclones forced four turnovers in the win, the difference in a game dominated by dangerous aerial attacks by each offense. The Bears led 14-7 early in the second quarter before quarterback Steele Jantz and the Iowa State offense took control of the game, as the Cyclones scored four unanswered touchdowns to take a 35-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Baylor's offense was prolific behind quarterback Nick Florence, yet untimely turnovers and failed fourth-down conversions ended several attempts to get back in the game in the second half. Iowa State outgained Baylor, 549-540, with the Bears passing for more than 400 yards in the loss.

Florence was 31-of-50 for 424 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, with Terrance Williams once again putting up massive numbers with 192 yards receiving on 13 catches.

Box Score Hero: Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz was 36-of-53 for 381 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.

Rankings Ramifications: The game will have little impact on either team's desires to land in the BCS rankings.

But Did They Cover? Iowa State easily covered the 2-1/2 point spread.

For More On This Game: For more on Bears football, visit Baylor blog Our Daily Bears, plus SB Nation Dallas. For more on Cyclones football, visit Iowa State blog Wide Right & Natty Lite.

Next Week's Schedule: Baylor welcomes the Kansas Jayhawks on Nov. 3 with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Iowa State will face Oklahoma at a time yet to be determined.

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Baylor trailing 28-14 after 3 quarters

The Baylor Bears trail the Iowa State Cyclones 28-14 after three quarters at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa on Saturday night.

The Bears had led 14-7 in the second quarter after a Nick Florence 49-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Reese. The Cyclones would respond with 14 unanswered points thanks to two Steele Jantz touchdown passes, including a 7-yard throw to Jarvis West to give Iowa State a 21-14 lead heading into the half.

The Baylor offense marched down the field on the offense's first possession of the third quarter, only to stall deep inside Iowa State territory. Nick Florence's rush attempt on fourth-and-one would fail, giving the Cyclones the ball at their own 18. Iowa State would then score on the ensuing 81-yard drive, with Jantz responsible for 78 of those yards on a drive capped by an 8-yard toss to Jeff Woody.

Florence is 20-of-32 in the game for 284 yards and one touchdown. Florence is also leading the Bears in rushing with 22 yards on six carries.

Through three quarters, the Cyclones have out-gained the Bears 459-342 while forcing two Baylor turnovers.

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Iowa State leads Baylor, 21-14, at half

The Iowa State Cyclones got a touchdown with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half to take a 21-14 lead over the Baylor Bears at halftime.

Jarred Salubi rushed for a two-yard touchdown to kick off the scoring in the game for the Bears, but Iowa State struck back as Steele Jantz threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis West for a tying touchdown.

Less than a minute later the Bears recaptured the lead, as Nick Florence found Tevin Reese for a 49-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. But again, the Cyclones pulled even, as Jantz found Albert Gary for a 36-yard touchdown.

Jantz finally gave Iowa State a lead when he found West for a second time with just 27 seconds left, this time from seven yards out to give the Cyclones a 21-14 lead.

After the first half, the game appears as though it will be a quarterback duel between Jantz and Florence. Jantz has completed 20 of 30 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns, while Florence has completed 15 of 22 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown.

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Art Briles sticks up for defensive coordinator

Though allowing one of the highest point totals in the country, Baylor head coach Art Briles recently stood by his defensive coordinator, Phil Bennett.

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Iowa State undecided at QB for game vs. Baylor

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads isn't sure whether he'll start Jared Barnett, Steele Jantz or Sam Richardson this weekend against Baylor.

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