Baylor sent a solid message to those dismissing them after last week's dismantling at the hands of TCU.
The Bears weathered an hour-long lightning delay and scored 13 points in the second quarter to pace a 30-13 win over Rice, a team that lost 34-17 in Houston to Texas on football's opening weekend.
Robert Griffin returned to form with a pair of 40-plus yard touchdown passes and another six-yard touchdown toss.
Baylor sounded determined all week in the face of last week's embarassing loss to the Horned Frogs, and backed it up on the field. The 1-3 Owls aren't a juggernaut, but Baylor took control of the game in the first half and never let go.
That's a good sign for Baylor, who faces the first of several "must-wins" in conference play next week when it faces Kansas. Qualifying for a bowl is step one in Baylor's hopeful rise, and they have to win games like next week's matchup with the Jayhawks if they want to do it.