WACO, Texas (KWTX) In one of the coldest games at Jack Trice Stadium last year, the Baylor Bears lost to the Iowa State Cyclones in a heated matchup.
There was plenty of pushing and shoving, a fight on the field that directly led to Greg Roberts and David Montgomery's ejections, as well as an eventual disqualification handed to Charlie Brewer.
But this year, those two teams will play at McLane Stadium in a scorcher that Matt Rhule expects to be a lot more calm than the 2018 meeting.
""They don't give up big plays, they make you earn it," Rhule said. "They rally to the ball and break on the ball. They all make tackles. We weren't able to make them miss like we wanted to last year. That has to be a point of emphasis for us."
"I expect a full disciplined team," Baylor wide receiver Chris Platt said. "They're disciplined like Kansas State. They run the same defense as us, so it's something we've seen all fall camp."
Iowa State is seventh in the country in terms of fewest penalties taken, while Baylor is 21st. Obviously, that means both teams are due to let loose a little bit, right?
Sarcasm aside, Rhule mentioned Wednesday that he's constantly reminding his team to not focus on any distractions, and only on the Xs and Os. Not last year's heated battle with the Cyclones, not the hot weather expected Saturday, and not even the uniforms or the crowd.
""One of the themes of this game is if you get to (Brock) Purdy, he keeps plays alive and makes plays with his feet," Rhule said. "That's what beat us last year. They kept extending drives with his ability to get outside the pocket, get somebody, get outside the pocket and scramble."
Baylor and Iowa State will kick off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.