BU's Morriss Mum On Starting QB

Baylor coach Guy Morriss has refrained from naming a starting quarterback when his club hosts No. 2 Texas this Saturday in Waco. However, the third-year Bear coach did hint at his intention to stick with Shawn Bell, who has logged all eight starts during what has been an improved 4-4 season.

Bell finished 13-of-21 passing for 127 yards in Saturday's 28-0 loss to Texas Tech, representing the first time Baylor failed to score this season. Morriss replaced him with sophomore QB Terrance Parks on the first drive of the fourth quarter in an attempt to spark the Baylor offense.

"Our quarterback situation is that Shawn Bell has gotten 90 percent of the playing time this year," said Morriss, "and we didn't want to throw Terrance Parks out there for just mop-up duty in the fourth quarter."

Morriss insists there is no quarterback controversy in Waco.

"We wanted to put (Parks) in with a little time left in the game, so if he were to get hot, we would have time to rally and get back in the ball game," said Morriss.

Baylor’s defense held the prolific Red Raider offense in check for most the game, limiting Tech to just six points on two field goals after three quarters of play, until a 50-yard touchdown pass by Tech sparked the Red Raider offense. Tech went on to score 22 points in the final quarter, while the Bears never got things going offensively. Parks completed 8-of-17 passes for 77 yards subbing for Bell, but like the starting signalcaller, Parks failed to put points on the board.

Bell’s career completion percentage (59.5) is best ever in school history, and his 1,486 yards this season ranks eighth in the conference. He appeared in nine games as a sophomore in '04 and drew starts in games against Texas A&M, Texas Tech and OU while orchestrating the upset OT win over the Aggies. Parks, on the other hand, has just one career start under his belt and has thrown for 599 career yards with three TDs.

It's been ten years since Baylor has won more than four games in a season, but the 4-4 mark represents the program's best start since 1996. The Bears are just two wins shy of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 (an Alamo Bowl loss to Florida State).

Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. on a Fox Sports Net regional broadcast.

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