These Bears maul opponents early. For the fifth time this season, Baylor eliminated any suspense well before halftime, this time smashing Iowa State 71-7 on Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty passed for 343 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target, Antwan Goodley, caught 11 passes for 182 yards and both touchdowns. Meanwhile Bears running back Lache Seastrunk notched his fifth 100-yard game of the season, churning out 112 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Iowa State (1-5, 0-3 Big 12), which hadn't lost by more than eight points this season, looked helpless. The Cyclones managed just 174 yards of total offense and surrendered 714 to the Bears. The Cyclones rotated quarterbacks Sam B. Richardson and Grant Rohach, but they combined to complete 15 of 27 passes, each gave up an interception and neither threw for more than 68 yards. Baylor (5-0, 3-0) kept Iowa State from scoring until the final minute of the contest when Rohach threw a meaningless 27-yard touchdown pass to DeVondrick Nealy. "It was pretty evident to everybody tonight, we're a good team," Petty said. "My hat's off to the defense. In my mind, that's as good as a shutout. We're a complete team." Baylor (6-0, 3-0) is yet to play an opponent ranked in the Top 25 this season and the five teams that have come into Floyd Casey Stadium are far from the national rankings. But Baylor hasn't given its guests any hope, leading at the half by an average of 40.4 points and winning by an average of 56.2. "I've never been involved in anything like this," Baylor coach Art Briles said about his team's dominance at home this season. With the win, Baylor became bowl eligible for the fourth-consecutive season, the first time the program has done that. Petty said that was a goal on the Bears mind to get to six wins in six games. But the Bears' ultimate goal of playing in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl is looking more possible with each home blowout. "When you go to a bowl, it's big time whatever bowl it is," Petty said. "Our goal is Pasadena. It's a far out dream for a lot of people, but not for us." The Bears added Levi Norwood's 52-yard punt return for a touchdown and Corey Coleman's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to the avalanche of points in the second half. Baylor made a habit of crushing opponents early in its four home games. Though the Bears were a little more methodical in rolling to a 37-0 halftime lead over the Cyclones on Saturday, they were just as effective. In fact, Baylor, which scored 16 touchdowns of 40 yards or longer this season and had an average scoring drive of 5.6 plays, showed off its ability to sustain drives against Iowa State. The Bears marched 80 yards in eight plays to take the initial lead. Petty threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Goodley to give Baylor a 7-0 lead. Bears linebacker Eddie Lackey recovered Aaron Wimberly's fumble at the Iowa State 29 to set up Baylor's next score. With the short field, Baylor needed just two plays to reach the end zone as Petty hit Tevin Reese for a 26-yard gain and Seastrunk ran 3 yards for the touchdown. After a pair of 22-yard field goals by Aaron Jones gave Baylor a 20-0 lead, the Bears ended the first half with a barrage of points. Seastrunk broke loose for a 48-yard run to the Iowa State 2 and scored a play later. His second touchdown capped an eight-play, 94-yard drive. Then it was Petty's turn to round out the half. He threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Goodley with 1:37 remaining and moved Baylor in position for Jones to kick a 51-yard field goal on the final play. While Baylor's offense was moving as efficiently as usual, the defense stiff-armed Iowa State. The Cyclones finished the first half with just 58 yards and never crossed the Baylor 40. "There's plenty to be corrected and the first group to start correcting it will be us as a coaching staff," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "You don't lose a game like this with players. You lose this game as a complete organization." NOTES: Baylor won its 10th straight going back to the 2012 season, tying a 77-year-old school record for consecutive wins. ... Baylor became bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season -- the first such stretch in school history. ... By defeating the Cyclones, Baylor moved to 3-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since the conference began in 1996. ... Before Saturday, Iowa State had not lost by more than eight points this season; its four losses were by an average of 5.5 points.
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