Baylor 47, Louisiana-Monroe 42: Nick Florence threw for 351 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and added a nifty last-minute pitch on Levi Norwood's go-ahead touchdown run as visiting Baylor held off another upset bid from feisty Lousiana-Monroe.
Tevin Reese had eight catches for 145 yards and two scores for the Bears (3-0), who extended the nation's second-longest winning streak to nine games and avoided becoming the second Big Six school to lose to the upstart Warhawks (1-2).
Louisiana-Monroe has become America's darling after rallying to beat then-No. 8 Arkansas in overtime and then taking Auburn to overtime last week. This time, the late game heroics came from Baylor and Florence, the senior who is charged with the impossible task of replacing Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
Shaking off a pair of early interceptions, Florence led the Bears on a 14-play, 73-yard drive that culminated with Norwood's touchdown run that made it 40-35 with 7:10 to play. Florence stretched the option run toward the sideline and waited until the last minute before pitching to Norwood, who tip-toed into the end zone.
Disaster struck for Louisiana-Monroe on the next series. One play after Kolton Browning hit Colby Harper for 41 yards to the Baylor 35, a miscommunication on a zone-read play resulted in a fumble. Five plays after Baylor converted a fourth down, Florence sealed the win with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams.
GAME NOTEBOOK: It wasn't a good night for replay officials. Louisiana-Monroe's Monterrell Washington had a 9-yard, first-quarter touchdown run upheld after review, despite the fact that it appeared his knee hit before the ball crossed the line. And prior to Browning's fourth-quarter touchdown run, Taverese Maye fumbled as he angled toward the sideline after catching a shovel pass but it was ruled he was out of bounds. The loose ball was recovered in the end zone by the Warhawks, however, the play was never reviewed. ... The teams combined for 560 total yards in the first half.