The Baylor Bears remained undefeated after a scare in Manhattan against the Kansas State Wildcats last week despite an extremely quiet day from their superstar running back Lache Seastrunk. The game was close throughout the day and Baylor trailed 25-21 as the 4th quarterback began, in no small part because of the slow day for the junior running back. If the Bears hope to continue their march towards a Big 12 title in 2013, they’ll need Seastrunk to bounce back this week against the Iowa State Cyclones.
Last week, Seastrunk had his worst game since becoming the featured back late last season. He finished the game with just 59 yards on 12 carries and didn’t break any run longer than 13 yards. It’s the first game he hasn’t broken the 100-yard mark since Baylor lost to the Oklahoma Sooners last November, a span of eight games. The 13-yard long run on the day is his lowest longest play since he became the a featured part of the offense last year against the Kansas Jayhawks and was the first time in the last nine games that he hasn’t broken a run longer than 20 yards. It was also the first time he was kept out of the endzone for an entire game this season.
In short, it was a rough outing for the Heisman Trophy hopeful. He’ll have a good shot at getting back on track this week, however, as Iowa State comes to Waco perhaps a bit deflated after letting two upset bids slip through their fingers in back-to-back weeks. They also struggle to stop the run, ranking No. 8 in the Big 12 in rushing defense allowing 180.4 yards per game and give up an average of two rushing touchdowns per game. They figure to have their hands full with a motivated Seastrunk who has averaged over 10 yards per carry in three games this season.
The Baylor offense has been as unstoppable as any in the country this season but they are undoubtedly at their best when Lache Seastrunk is breaking off big gains in the running game. Can he get back on track at home against Iowa State or did Kansas State provide a blueprint for slowing the speedster down?