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.