By Daniel Hill
The Baylor Bears are leading University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 49-7 at the half at Floyd Casey Stadium.
After the Baylor defense stifled the ULM offense on fourth down, the Bears offense took over with the ball with 10:38 to play in the first quarter.
21 seconds later, the Bears were in the end zone with a three play, 82-yard drive accentuated by junior receiver Antwan Goodley’s 63-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Bryce Petty.
On Baylor’s second possession, Petty found senior receiver Tevin Reese down the seam for a 47-yard touchdown grab to give the Bears a 14-0 lead.
After two offensive touchdowns, the Baylor defense got in on the action with a 41-yard interception return touchdown from senior cornerback Joe Williams.
Then the Baylor defense scored again when sophomore safety Terrell Burt picked off ULM quarterback Kolton Browning’s pass and raced to the end zone to give the Bears a 28-0 lead.
In the ensuing kickoff, the Bears forced a fumble and recovered the ball at the ULM 16-yard line. Petty utilized his athleticism with a 2-yard scoring scamper to boost the Bears’ lead to 35-0.
The 35 points scored by Baylor in the first quarter tied the all-time program record for most points in a single quarter. It also marked the third time this season where the Bears scored at least 28 points in the first quarter of the game.
In the second quarter, the Bears were lined up with three receivers to the right and one receiver to the left. Petty called a signal to the one receiver side. Once the ball was snapped, the safety raced over to the one receiver side where Tevin Reese was lined up, then Petty immediately looked right and threw a perfectly placed dime to Antwan Goodley for a 65-yard touchdown score that crushed the spirit of ULM’s defense to give Baylor an eye-popping 42-0 lead early in the second quarter.
ULM scored its first points of the game on a gutsy fourth down play with a touchdown pass from Browning to tight end Justin Manton to make the score 42-7.
The Bears responded to ULM’s first score of the game with their seventh touchdown of the game.
Petty tossed the ball towards the outer portion of the end zone and receiver junior Clay Fuller high-pointed the ball and came down with a spectacular touchdown grab. It’s Fuller’s first touchdown grab of his Baylor career and boosted Baylor’s lead to 49-7.
At the half, Petty has 17 completions on 25 attempts for 322 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior running back Lache Seastrunk is the Bears leading rusher with 75 yards on eight carries.
Goodley leads the Bears in receiving with five catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
Reese also has 5 catches in the half for 94 yards and a touchdown.