INSTANT REACTION: Bears comeback falls short in 28-14 loss to Cyclones

Bears wide receiver Denzel Mims (15) just misses a catch in front of Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Brian Peavy (10) at Jack Trice Stadium.Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports


The Baylor Bears squandered four opportunities inside the Iowa State 20, allowing the 22nd-ranked Cyclones to escape with a 28-14 victory on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

Of course, it didn’t help that Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer was ejected from the game with more than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Brewer had brought the Bears back from a 20-0 deficit and gave them a chance to get back in the game by cutting Iowa State’s lead to 28-14.

Jalan McClendon entered at quarterback, but couldn’t lead Baylor to a touchdown to increase the pressure on the Cyclones.

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy finished with 230 passing yards, 56 rushing yards and 2 total touchdowns. Baylor held Cyclones running back David Montgomery to 53 yards on 11 carries before he too was ejected.

Brewer passed for 288 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 72 before he exited. McClendon completed just 3 of 12 passes for 71 yards after entering the contest in the fourth quarter.

Iowa State led 17-0 at halftime, then boosted the margin to 20-0 with a field goal early in the third quarter.

Baylor (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) will try to get bowl eligible when it hosts TCU on Saturday.