Welcome to Ames, Iowa where we are all witnessing history in the making. On a beautiful Saturday night in Jack Trice Stadium, records were broken and what seemed like a possible disastrous night turned into a juicy wiggle on full blast kind of night if you are an Iowa State fan.
The game could have not started worse for the Cyclones. Brock Purdy threw back to back interceptions and the Bears capitalized with two quick scores. And in a blink of an eye, the Bears jumped out to a 14-0 lead. However, Iowa State would get on the board after a Charlie Brewer interception thanks to Breece Hall scoring a 14-yard touchdown.
The early blues did not go away yet for Iowa State as Brock Purdy was picked off for a third time, with this one going for a Baylor pick six. Iowa State added a field goal soon after, yet it was Baylor on top 21-10 at the break.
Early on, Iowa State’s poor performance carried into the third quarter as Greg Eisworth returned and punt and fumbled. Once again, Baylor got points from the turnover but luckily for Iowa State, it only cost them three. That gave Baylor a 24-10 lead in the third quarter but then something happened.
The Cyclones put together four straight touchdown drives and put up 28 unanswered points on the Bears. Brock Purdy threw three touchdown passes as he hit Charlie Kolar, Chase Allen and Breece Hall for scores. Of course, Breece Hall added yet another rushing touchdown to bring his total to three scores on the evening.
Baylor would make things interesting in the fourth quarter when Charlie Brewer hit Trestan Ebner for a 58-yard touchdown to make it a 38-31 game. And when Baylor had a chance to tie the game with less than two minutes left, Iowa State linebacker Mike Rose came up with the game sealing pick as the Cyclones held on for the 38-31 win.
With the spotlight on this Baylor/Iowa State matchup, the entire country witnessed Breece Hall and what a performance he had. Earlier this week I wrote about Breece and if you were not familiar with him before, you should be by now. Breece had over 100 yards rushing and a total of three touchdowns on the day. He remains the as the nation’s top power five rusher and by now, every network should know his name.
However, Breece was not the only man making history on Saturday as his quarterback Brock Purdy is now the sole leader in Iowa State history for career touchdown passes. Oh, and by the way, Iowa State is 5-1 in conference play for the first time in school history. It was the night of achievements; however, their biggest goal still remains. Which is to win a Big 12 title. The Cyclones have three games left against Kansas State, Texas, and West Virginia. If they win those three games, they will be in Arlington getting the opportunity to do something special.
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