Posted on October 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM
Steele Jantz set career highs with 381 yards passing and five touchdowns and Iowa State held off visiting Baylor 35-21 to snap a two-game losing streak.
Jantz tied a school record with 36 completions to lead the Iowa State (5-3, 2/3 Big 12), who moved within one win of bowl eligibility for the third time in four years.
Jantz started for the first time since late September. He responded with one of the best quarterback performances in school history. Three of Jantz's touchdowns went to Jarvis West, whose 22-yard touchdown catch with 8:37 left made it 35-14 Cyclones.
Nick Florence threw for 426 yards and two touchdowns to lead Baylor (3-4, 0-4) which lost its fourth straight game.
Jantz wasn't without his flaws. He threw a bad interception near the goal line to start the second half and fumbled with 2:08 left and the game essentially in hand.
But against a Baylor defense that entered play last in the nation with 44 points allowed per game, Jantz played better than he ever has for the Cyclones.
Jantz directed a 14-play, 81-yard scoring drive midway through the third quarter, which he finished with an 8-yard floater to a wide-open Jeff Woody to make it 28-14.
Baylor was driving deep into Iowa State territory when replays showed that star linemanCyril Richardson appeared to kick Iowa State's Brandon Jensen. The Bears were pushed back 15 yards and Richardson was tossed from the game. Iowa State eventually took over on downs.