The Baylor Bears beat Sam Houston State, 48-23, closing out what had been a close game with an absolutely dominant fourth quarter.
Baylor would trail 20-10 at the half with Sam Houston State scoring 17 points in the second quarter, surprising the Bears and threatening to walk away with a major upset. Contributing to the scare was the inability of the Baylor offense to convert several prime opportunities, wasting easy scoring chances.
The Bears would come alive after halftime, however, with a quick Nick Florence touchdown pass to Jordan Najvar just 50 seconds into the second half and a touchdown pass to Terrence Williams on the next drive. Sam Houston State would respond with two field goals to start the fourth quarter to pull to within 24-23, but Baylor would pull away with 24 unanswered points to close out the game.
Florence was 24-of-41 for 312 yards and three touchdowns, also throwing an interception in the final seconds of the first half. Jarred Salubi would lead the Bears with 83 yards rushing on 17 carries, with the team racking up 232 yards on 39 carries for the game.
Baylor would outgain Sam Houston State 544-403 for the game, with the defense forcing four turnovers.
The Bears will take on Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 21, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT and coverage on ESPN.