Fifth-ranked Baylor had no problems taking care of Rice at McLane Stadium on Saturday, coasting past the Owls, 70-17, to finish out the nonconference undefeated.
Here's more on the Baylor victory:
What the win means for Baylor: Seth Russell delivered his best performance as Baylor's starting quarterback, and the Baylor defense sharpened up after a pair of shaky showings in the first two weeks. The real season, however, begins next weekend in Arlington, Texas, with the start of Big 12 play against what appears to be a much improved Texas Tech team that hung tough with the Bears a year ago.
What the loss means for Rice: After giving Texas a game two weeks ago, the Owls failed to make Baylor sweat. The rugged nonconference schedule, though, should help prepare Rice for the start of Conference USA play, where the Owls are expected to challenge Louisiana Tech for the West Division title.
Player of the game: With his three touchdown receptions against Rice, wide receiver Corey Coleman now has seven touchdown grabs in Baylor's past two games. Coleman, who also finished with six catches for 100 yards Saturday, has already established himself as a viable Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year contender who could threaten the Big 12 season record of 25 touchdown receptions set by West Virginia's Stedman Bailey in 2012.
Stat of the game: Russell had more touchdown throws (six) than incompletions (four). He also threw for 277 yards before giving way to backup Jarrett Stidham in the third quarter. Russell's six touchdowns tied a school record.