First half dooms BU despite Newhouse's record day

A first half reminiscent of the Homecoming game against Texas Tech doomed the Bears. The offense found the going tough and the defense had no answers for slowing down Kirk Farmer and Justin Gage. A 34-3 halftime deficit was too much as the Tigers cruised to a 41-24 victory. Junior wide receiver Reggie Newhouse tied a school record with 12 receptions, three of which for touchdowns.

There was very little to look at in the first half that any Baylor fan would consider good. The defense could not stop Missouri's quarterback Kirk Farmer and when they did the Bears seemed to turn the ball over.

Meanwhile, the Baylor offense managed only one drive in the first half. Starting his second game, Josh Zachry led the Bears on a 64 yard drive on their first possession. Adam Stiles kicked a 38 yard field goal to make it 7-3 Tigers.

The rest of the first half the Baylor offense managed only 59 yards of offense against a suspect Missouri Tiger. Early in the second quarter Zachry got his bell rung and never returned to the game. Reports from the sideline during the game are that he suffered a slight concussion.

Greg Cicero came in and was ineffective until after halftime. Meanwhile, the Tigers marched on and posted a 34-3 halftime lead.

Wide receiver Justin Gage notched 10 receptions for 188 yards in the first half alone. Gage caught a touchdown and threw for one as well.

Going into half Baylor head coach Kevin Steele told sideline reporter Ricky Thompson, "We are not playnig on defense. And when you've got guys out you've got to do something on offense and we're not doing that either."

The second half was a vastly different story, though, as the Bears posted 280 yards of offense and three touchdowns. Cicero took the bulk of the snaps and threw three TD passes to junior receiver Reggie Newhouse. Newhouse's day tied a school record with 12 catches for yards.

Missouri's only second half score was set up by a misthrown ball by Cicero. An interception return deep into Baylor territory led to Mizzou going up 41-17.

Here are some stats from the game:
Total Yards: MU - 531, Baylor - 402 (season high)
Yards Rushing: MU - 151, Baylor - 121
Yards Passing - MU - 380, Baylor - 281

Justin Gage - 13 receptions, 236 yards (school record), 2 TD's, 1 TD throwing
Kirk Farmer - 24 of 34, 360 yards, 3 TD's

Reggie Newhouse - 12 receptions (school record), 131 yards, 3 TD's
Greg Cicero - 25 of 35, 231 yards, 3 TD's

Mizzou is now 4-5 on the season while Baylor falls to 2-7, 0-7 in Big XII play. The Bears return home to play Oklahoma State at 1 pm next Saturday.

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