MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Bryce Petty passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns of more than 50 yards as 15th-ranked Baylor downed Kansas State, 35-25, in a Big 12 Conference game in front of 52,803 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday.
Baylor came into the game averaging 70.5 points per game, and while the K-State defense gave the Bears their toughest test so far, Baylor improved to 5-0 (2-0 in conference play) for the first time in school history.
Baylor actually trailed for the second time all season at the end of the third quarter (Buffalo scored first in Baylor's second game), but Petty led Baylor on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives.
Kansas State (2-4, 0-3) trailed, 21-10, at halftime, but dominated the third quarter, scoring 15 consecutive points to take the lead.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-play drive that covered 60 yards in 6:16, but the drive resulted only in a field goal.
However, following Baylor's second three-and-out of the season (in 68 drives), Kansas State blocked the punt and took over on the Baylor 19.
John Hubert raced 17 yards on first down before quarterback Daniel Sams ran off-tackle for the touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
On the next drive, Ryan Mueller stripped Petty of the ball and recovered the fumble. K-State went 44 yards in 10 plays, with Sams scoring from the two-yard line, and the Wildcats led, 25-21, when they missed the two-point conversion.
However, Baylor answered with a five-play, 71-yard drive to retake the lead. The score came on Petty's 56-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Reese and the Bears regained the lead, 28-25.
Three of Baylor's five touchdown drives took 1:12 or less.
Kansas State forced another three-and-out and moved to the Baylor 24, and on fourth-and-two tried a field goal to tie the game, but Jack Cantele's 41-yard kick was wide left.
Baylor scored the insurance points on Glasco Martin's 21-yard run with 1:16 left.
Baylor took the opening kickoff and marched 59 yards on 12 plays for the first score. The drive of 4:27 was the longest of the season for the Bears in terms of time.
Kansas State actually held the Bears, stopping Petty for a short gain on third-and-10. But a late-hit penalty on Randall Evans gave the Bears a first down.
Petty's one-yard plunge came on fourth down after K-State held on the first three runs on first and goal from the one.
Kansas State answered with a 10-play, 60-yard drive, but Hubert was stopped on fourth-and-one on the Baylor nine-yard line.
K-State forced a Baylor punt, only the eighth of the season for the Bears, on the ensuing drive, and then marched 78 yards in seven plays to score the tying touchdown on Sams' one-yard plunge on the first play of the second quarter.
The key stat in the first quarter was time of possession, with the Wildcats holding an 8:49-6:11 edge. Baylor was averaging 29.8 points per game in the first quarter, but scored only one touchdown Saturday.
The teams traded punts early in the second quarter, with Mark Krause's kick pinning Baylor on its five-yard line, but after Petty gained two yards on first down, he connected with Reese for a 93-yard touchdown, the second-longest touchdown pass in Baylor history.
Following Cantele's 24-yard field goal for Kansas State, Baylor scored another quick touchdown when Petty hit Antwan Goodley for a 72-yard touchdown strike up the middle, giving Baylor a 21-10 lead.
NOTES: This game stopped a streak of six straight victories by the home team in this series. The last victory by the road team was in 2002, when K-State won in Waco, 44-10. ... Five of Antwan Goodley's six touchdown receptions are for more than 60 yards. ... Kansas State forced six Baylor punts. The Bears had punted only seven times in their first four games. Baylor also had their second and third three-and-outs of the season.