Iowa State football prepares for Baylor, tries to forget last year’s blowout


AMES, Iowa — There is a chance any game film of Iowa State’s last meeting with Baylor did not survive to 2014. At least that was the hope inside the Bergstrom Football Complex.

There isn’t much the Cyclones want to remember from that game, and there is good reason for that.

It was 37-0 Bears at halftime, 51-0 after three quarters and 64-0 when ISU scored its only points in a 71-7 drubbing last year in Waco, Texas.

“I don’t think you overbeat that drum,” ISU head coach Paul Rhoads said. “A good bit of them were there and they know what took place in Waco a year ago.”

With seventh-ranked Baylor set to invade Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday night, ISU has been trying to focus more on the present than the past.

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Iowa State coach Paul Rhoades

“To me, the past is the past,” center Tom Farniok said. “It’s just kind of one of those things you burn the table and move on from, because if it could’ve gone wrong, it did.”

“It was ugly,” quarterback Sam Richardson said. “I try not to remember most of it.”

Other than watching last year’s film for some game planning, Rhoads said he hasn’t watched much of it, either.

In fact, Rhoads said the fact his team has two weeks to prepare for the Bears hasn’t necessarily been a good thing.

“After watching them [on film], I’m not so sure two days wouldn’t have been better … would be less scared in that time frame,” Rhoads said. “It’s a team that averages 60 points a game and they’re giving up nine points a game.”

Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring (59.3), passing (416.0), rushing (238.3), total offense (654.3), rush defense (64.3) and scoring defense (9.0), and ranks second in total defense (221.0).

Offensively, the Bears feature multiple weapons, starting with quarterback Bryce Petty, whom Rhoads calls the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, running back Shock Linwood and wide receivers Jay Lee, KD Cannon and Davion Hall.

For the Cyclones to have a chance at a second consecutive upset this week, Rhoads said ISU is going to have to match the Bears offensively.

“Oh, I’d take 72,” quipped Rhoads on how many points it will take to beat Baylor. “A lot. You’ve got to score in this league, but against this particular team, you’ve got to score points.”

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