Bears lose to Cowboys 38-22

It was the most yards a Baylor football team would produce since October 26, 1996. It was the most first downs in a game since 1995. But, it was the 29h consecutive loss to a Big 12 football opponent and was as bitter a pill to swallow on that count as any amount of sweetness that could be attributed to some very decent offensive stats.

If we are going to praise the offense for the great stats, then it is only fair to admonish the same for the key mistakes that put points on the board for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The first came on the first pass of the game for the hapless Bears as QB Greg Cicero's pass, intended for but slightly behind WR Reggie Newhouse, was picked off. Actually, Newhouse, in reaching back for the ball, was juggling it, and basically had his pocket picked. The result was a 20-yard interception for touchdown by OSU DB Darrent Williams. The Bears would knot the score at 7 each when they methodically drove the ball down the field and Cicero, scoring his first touchdown, went in from the one, completing a 60-yard scoring drive.

The Bears kicked off to the Cowboys and held them, forcing a punt. The Bears picked up where they had left off, moving the ball almost at will until Greg Cicero was intercepted at the OSU two yard line on a pass intended for WR Andra Fuller. The Cowboys drove the ball the length of the field and scored when backup QB Josh Fields hit WR Rashaun Woods on a slan t for a 24-yard touchdown, putting OSU ahead, 14-7.

After a 35-yard filed goal by Phillips put the Cowboys up 17-7, the Bears began a drive to come within three, but it was not to be. The receiver had beaten and gotten behind his defender and a touchdown was in the bargain, but the wayward pass was thrown more to the defender than the receiver and the distasteful results was an 85-yard interception and return for touchdown, and the Bears falling into a deeper hole, 24-7. It would deep enough to hold the Bears and deal them their eighth loss of the 2001 season and foil any plan for that first Big 12 win by this coaching staff. That, unfortunately enough, will have to wait until next year.

Now, the Bears will have to be content to improve their record in their "make-up" game with the Southern Illinois Saluki's. This is the game that replaced the Minnesota game back on September 15, due to the World Trade Center attacks. A win would give the Bears their best record in five years. A loss . . . well, we don't want to even think about a loss.

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