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Baylor Rallies At ULM

Bears overcome early mistakes to improve to 3-0 post-RG3

by Dave Congrove
CollegeFootballPoll.com
September 22, 2012

Louisiana-Monroe scored a touchdown with 6 seconds left, but instead of a magical fairy tale ending for a win, it was only to cut the final margin of a loss to 47-42 to Baylor.

The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of over 31,000 at Monroe and the home folks had plenty to cheer about early in the Friday night affair. Nick Florence was intercepted on Baylor's second and third possessions of the game and the Warhawks converted the miscues into a 14-0 lead. But Florence, who is enrolled in graduate school and working on his MBA, withstood the early adversity and negotiated Baylor to a 24-21 halftime lead.

ULM went back on top 28-24 just 1:50 into the second half and the see-saw battle continued into the fourth period. After a touchdown and field goal gave the Bears a 34-28 lead, the Warhawks responded with a 15-play drive to move ahead 35-34 with 10:54 to go in the game.

Florence then led Baylor on a 14-play that led to a 40-35 lead. The Bears took their biggest lead of the game after ULM quarterback Kolton Browning fumbled in Baylor territory. Mostly riding the legs of RB Glasco Martin, Baylor drove 62 yards and converted the turnover into a 47-35 advantage on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Florence to Terrance Williams with only 2:25 left on the clock. Martin had 6 carries for 32 yards on the drive and Florence only threw two passes, including the TD toss.

Baylor is 3-0 on the season and riding a 9-game winning streak, second longest in the nation behind Big 12 counterpart TCU's 10 in-a-row. Baylor's streak began behind last year's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III who, of course, is now the an NFL starting quarterback in his rookie season with the Washington Redskins.

Louisiana-Monroe garnered never-before-seen local acclaim and national attention when it upset Arkansas in triple-overtime at Little Rock on September 8. In the process, the Warhawks' continuous pressure on Hog QB Tyler Wilson left him with a concussion and unable to play the second half of that game, or last week in a 52-0 loss to Alabama. Meanwhile, ULM went to Auburn and forced overtime with the Tigers before falling 31-28.

BYU failed to convert a 2-point pass attempt after scoring the only offensive touchdown of the game with 3:37 remaining in the Thursday night contest at Boise State and the Broncos ran out the clock for a 7-6 victory.

Defensive end Michael Atkinson scored the lone touchdown for the Broncos when he intercepted a Riley Nelson pass and rumbled 36 yards to paydirt, breaking a scoreless tie on the third play of the second half. Nelson was intercepted again four plays later and was retired to the bench after completing just 4-of-9 passes with 3 interceptions and a fumble.

RB Michael Alisa contributed a fifth BYU turnover when he fumbled on his own 1-yard line after Nelson's last two picks, but the Cougars managed to keep the Broncos out of the end zone after they eschewed a short field goal attempt that would have given them a two possession lead.

BYU's only sustained drive of the night was engineered by freshman QB Taysom Hill who capped off the 11-play, 95-yard march with his own 4-yard run. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 39 yards on the drive and ran 5 times for another 39 yards. The drive began with a 21-yard completion and a 15-yard personal foul on Boise State.

Needing only to kick the extra point and likely push the game into overtime, BYU opted for a pass. Atkinson's rush forced Hill to roll out to his right and throw incomplete into a crowded endzone.

The Cougars fall to 2-2 with back-to-back losses while Boise State improves to 2-1.

The college football week began on Wednesday night with Kent State taking a 23-7 MAC win at Buffalo.

FBS vs. FCS:
Last week, FBS teams went 20-1 versus their FCS counterparts to improve to 74-9 (.892) on the season. Since 2003, FBS schools are 712-64 (.918) in such games.

FBS teams have already lost 3 more games this season to FCS schools than in all of 2011 when they were 91-6 (.938).

This year, 101 FBS teams play a total of 108 games against FCS foes. UTSA is in its first year of transitioning from the FCS and plays 4 such schools. Cincinnati, Florida State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M each play two such games.

Last week, Wyoming was the only FBS team to fall victim to an FCS school as the Cowboys dropped a 24-22 decision to Cal Poly which improved to 4-12 versus FBS teams over the last decade.

Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/15: Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22
9/8: Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28
9/8: North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7
9/8: Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 17
9/8: Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14
9/1: Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17
9/1: Tennessee-Martin 20, Memphis 17
8/30: McNeese State 27, Middle Tennessee 21
8/30: Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3

STREAKS:
TCU - Won 10 straight games overall and 25 straight conference games (24 MWC + 1 in Big 12). Hosts Virginia on Saturday.

Baylor - Won 9 straight games overall. Won 47-42 at Louisiana-Monroe on Friday.

Northern Illinois - Won 8 straight conference games (MAC) and 16 straight home games. Hosts Kansas on Saturday.

LSU - Won 20 straight home games and 40 straight nonconference games (SEC). Visits Auburn on Saturday.

Arkansas State - Won 8 straight conference games (Sun Belt). Hosts FCS member Alcorn State on Saturday.

Tulane - Lost 12 straight games overall. Hosts Ole Miss on Saturday.

Akron - Lost 21 straight road games and 13 straight FBS games. Visits Tennessee on Saturday.

Kansas - Lost 12 straight FBS games. Visits Northern Illinois on Saturday.

New Mexico - Lost 24 straight road games. Visits New Mexico State on Saturday.

Mississippi - Lost 14 straight conference games (SEC). Visits Tulane on Saturday.

NEW COACHES:
28 teams have a new college football coach in the FBS ranks this season. Last season saw 24 new head coaches, 10 of whom matched or exceeded the W-L record of their predecessors' final season.

Here are this week's games for each new head coach:

Team Coach Game
Akron Terry Bowden (1-2) Saturday at Tennessee
Arizona Rich Rodriguez (3-0) Saturday at Oregon
Arizona State Todd Graham (2-1) Saturday vs. Utah
Arkansas John L. Smith (1-2) Saturday vs. Rutgers
Arkansas State Gus Malzahn (1-2) Saturday vs. Alcorn State (FCS)
Colorado State Jim McElwain (1-2) Saturday vs. Utah State
FAU Carl Pellini (1-2) Saturday at Alabama
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter (2-1) Saturday at Tulsa
Hawaii Norm Chow (1-1) Saturday vs. Nevada
Houston Tony Levine (0-3) Idle this week. Meets Rice on 9/29 at Reliant Stadium
Illinois Tim Beckman (2-1) Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
Kansas Charlie Weis (1-2) Saturday at Northern Illinois
Massachusetts Charley Molnar (0-3) Saturday at Miami, O.
Memphis Justin Fuente (0-3) Saturday at Duke
Mississippi Hugh Freeze (2-1) Saturday at Tulane
New Mexico Bob Davie (1-2) Saturday at New Mexico State
North Carolina Larry Fedora (1-2) Saturday vs. East Carolina
Ohio State Urban Meyer (3-0) Saturday vs. UAB
Penn State Bill O'Brien (1-2) Saturday vs. Temple
Pittsburgh Paul Chryst (1-2) Saturday vs. Gardner-Webb (FCS)
Rutgers Kyle Flood (3-0) Saturday at Arkansas
Southern Miss Ellis Johnson (0-2) Saturday at Western Kentucky
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin (1-1) Saturday vs. South Carolina State (FCS)
Toledo Matt Campbell (2-1) Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina (FCS)
Tulane Curtis Johnson (0-2) Saturday vs. Ole Miss
UAB Garrick McGee (0-2) Saturday at Ohio State
UCLA Jim Mora (3-0) Saturday vs. Oregon State
Washington State Mike Leach (2-1) Saturday vs. Colorado