VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX: Bears swipe momentum in 2nd quarter

Blocked punt TD boosts Baylor to halftime lead.

Baylor is rolling into halftime with a ton of momentum after dominating Oklahoma State in the second quarter.

The Cowboys struck first in this one, taking their first drive 80 yards for a touchdown.

But then the Bears won the last 22 minutes of the half, 14-3.

Baylor jumped into the lead when Christian Morgan blocked a punt by Oklahoma State’s Zach Sinor inside the Cowboys’ 30. The ball bounced up to Bears special teams player Trestan Ebner like it was a downcourt basketball pass on a fast break.

The score put Baylor in front 14-10 with 2:24 left in the half.

Oklahoma State moved the ball into Baylor territory on its last possession before the break. But like several scoring opportunities up until that point, the Cowboys fizzled in the Bears’ end.

We’ll call that improvement for Baylor, which has struggled mightily in giving up big plays by the opposing offense. The Bears forced a pair of missed field goals in the first half, which has everything to do with Baylor leading now as the bands march.

Baylor backup quarterback Jalan McClendon has gone the whole way to this point. It was thought that Charlie Brewer would be ready to go for this one, but we haven’t seen him yet. McClendon completed 8 of 13 passes for 89 yards with no TDs and an interception in the first half.

The big questions for the second half: Can Baylor keep momentum on its side and earn its fifth win of the season? Does McClendon have to up his production in order for that to happen?

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