The Baylor Bears were able to come back from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to defeat the upset-minded ULM Warhawks 47-42. Baylor starting quarterback Nick Florence threw two interceptions in the first quarter which led to both ULM touchdowns, but after that, Florence and the Baylor offense kicked into high gear as they outscored ULM 47-28 the rest of the way.
Florence rebounded nicely by ending his day by completing 26-of-39 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Tevin Reese was one of Florence's main targets as he caught eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and the other two touchdowns were thrown to Terrance Williams.
Once the Bears made their comeback in the second quarter, they were unable to put away the Warhawks until late in the second half. ULM took their first possession in the second half for a touchdown on a 58-yard run by Jyruss Edwards to go up 28-24. The same thing happened at the beginning of the fourth quarter where the Warhawks took a 35-34 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kolton Browning.
The game was sealed for Baylor when ULM's Edwards fumbled the ball at Baylor's 38-yard line with 5:40 left in the game. Baylor took the ball and drove down the field in 10 plays, including converting a 4th-and-1, as Florence connected with Williams on a 22-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.
Box Score Hero: Baylor quarterback Nick Florence recovered from a poor first quarter where he threw two interceptions, completing 26-of-39 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball nine times for 55 yards.
Rankings Ramifications: Baylor has a real good chance of being ranked. Prior to this game, they were 27th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 28th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
But Did They Cover? Nope, ULM scored a touchdown with six seconds left to cover the 8.5-point spread.
Next Week's Schedule: Baylor travels to West Virginia, and Louisiana-Monroe visits Tulane.