Nick Florence leads Baylor past La.-Monroe, 47-42

Associated Press Modified: September 22, 2012 at 12:18 am •  Published: September 22, 2012
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MONROE, La. (AP) — Nick Florence completed 26 of 39 passes for 351 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to help Baylor beat Louisiana-Monroe 47-42 on Friday night for its ninth straight victory.

With Baylor (3-0) trailing 35-34 in the fourth quarter, Florence led a 14-play, 73-yard drive that ended with Levi Norwood's 9-yard touchdown run off a pitch. Florence added a 22-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams to put the game out of reach.

Louisiana-Monroe fell to 1-2, dropping its home opener in front of a Malone Stadium-record crowd of 31,175. The Warhawks opened with consecutive overtime games, beating Arkansas and losing to Auburn.

"It was a dogfight," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "They are an extremely hot football team right now that has a tremendous amount of confidence. We walked into an environment that we knew would be a great football atmosphere to begin with. They have been good for a while. They just play a tough, tough nonconference schedule."

Baylor scored 17 straight points to take a 28-24 lead into the half.

The teams combined for 63 first downs and 1,109 yards of total offense and there were only three punts in the game. The Bears have scored more than 40 points in seven consecutive games and have accumulated over 500 yards of total offense in all nine games in the winning streak. The streak is the second-longest in the nation, one behind TCU.

"Very disappointed as I always am after a lost," Warhawks coach Todd Berry said. "Baylor is a very good football team. The margin of victory is so small, just a few inches here and there. You can't turn the ball over like we did, that was very uncharacteristic of us on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, we didn't play very well. Our discipline in terms of playing our assignments and also staying onsides will have to be corrected and it will be corrected next week."

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