AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Baylor finally got to celebrate in a Big 12
stadium other than its own.
The once-bumbling Bears are winless on the road no more.
Baylor won a Big 12 road game for the first time in the league's
10-year history on Saturday, getting three field goals from Ryan
Havens and two big fumble recoveries to beat Iowa State 23-13.
"It's another gorilla off our back," Baylor coach Guy Morriss
And a huge setback for Iowa State, now 0-2 in the Big 12 after
sharing the North title last year. The league's North Division
already had been ridiculed as being the league's weak link. The
division's co-champion losing to Baylor will only add to that
"I can't even express in words how disappointed we are in this
loss," Iowa State defensive end Jason Berryman said. "We didn't
play Cyclone football like we know how."
Baylor had been 0-37 on the road in the Big 12 and had lost 38
straight conference games overall away from home. The Bears' last
league victory on the road had been on Nov. 11, 1995 -- 48-7 over
SMU in the old Southwest Conference.
The Bears (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) almost ended their skid a week ago,
losing at Texas A&M 16-13 in overtime.
"We're playing well on the road and that's something we haven't
done in a long time," Baylor quarterback Shawn Bell said. "People
need to give us credit for that, because we're becoming road
warriors and that's the biggest problem we've had in the past."
Baylor took the lead for good at 16-13 on Havens' 36-yard field
goal with 12:19 left. A junior who had never kicked a field goal or
extra point in college before this year, he connected earlier from
49 and 21 yards.
Iowa State (3-2, 0-2) led 13-10 at halftime but was doomed by
two costly fumbles in the second half. Baylor followed the second
fumble with a 12-play, 81-yard drive for the game-clinching
touchdown, a 1-yard run by Paul Mosley with 1:36 left.
When it was over, the Bears acted as if they had done this
before. While a couple of managers hugged on the sideline, the
players and coaches shook hands with their Iowa State counterparts,
then walked calmly up the incline to their dressing room.
But make no mistake, this was a major step for a program that
had come in 6-67 in all Big 12 games.
"It seems like this might legitimize us as a football team and
program," Morriss said. "We played pretty good last week, I felt
like. We didn't play as well this week, but we came up here on the
road and won the game. I don't think we'll be able to sneak up on
What might have been the game's biggest play came in the third
quarter with Iowa State leading by three and in position to take
control. The Cyclones' Greg Coleman was hit at the Baylor 1-yard
line and fumbled into the end zone, where the Bears' Maurice Lane
recovered for a touchback.
The play was reviewed to make sure Coleman's knee wasn't down
and the call stood.
"Some say I was down, some say I wasn't," Coleman said. "I
can't say. I have to hold on to the football."
After an exchange of punts, Willie Andrews' 15-yard return gave
Baylor the ball at the Iowa State 35. Five plays later, Havens
kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie it at 13. The fumble had done
"It was a very big play," Lane said. "They had momentum and
our offense was struggling, so having that play gave our offense
Iowa State responded to Havens' go-ahead field goal with another
drive, marching from its 20 to a first down at the Baylor 25. But
R.J. Sumrall fumbled after catching a 6-yard pass from Bret Meyer
and Josh Bell recovered for Baylor at the 19.
The Bears then drove to their game-clinching touchdown, helped
by Bell's 16-yard run on third-and-14 from his 31 and a later
personal foul on Iowa State. Once Mosley squirted into the end
zone, Iowa State fans began filing out of the stadium.
"We did a lot of good things today," Iowa State coach Dan
McCarney said. "But when we needed to be the best on the last
drive of the game, we were not."
Iowa State outgained Baylor 320-276, but three of the Bears'
scoring drives started in ISU territory. Andrews was a big reason
for that. Along with his 15-yarder, he set Baylor up with punt
returns of 16 and 29 yards.
Andrews also set the tone for Baylor early, sacking Meyer for a
7-yard loss on the game's second play. Iowa State went
three-and-out, Andrews returned the punt 16 yards to the Iowa State
28 and Baylor scored on its second snap -- Bell's 38-yard TD pass to
a wide open Dominique Zeigler.
With that, the Bears were on their way. Rarely has there been a
happier ride back to Waco.
"In our eyes we can play with anybody," Bell said. "We should
beat everybody. There's not a game we're going to go into thinking
we're not going to win. That's big for us."
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