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BU set to bash the Beavers

Sept. 20, 1996

BU set to bash Beavers

Jeff Andresen/The LariatBaylor players are working to prepare for this weekend's game. Although the Bears are heavy favorites going into Saturday's game, no opponent is being taken lightly. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Floyd Casey stadium.

By Wade A. Barrow

Lariat Sports Reporter

The Bears open their home schedule against a struggling Oregon State team. The Beavers have lost 12 straight games dating back to their 1995 season opening win over Idaho.

Baylor is riding an emotional boost from its win over Louisville.

'That was a super big win for us,' coach Chuck Reedy said. 'We thought they [Louisville] were a very good team, a great defensive team, going in, and we thought we'd have to play a near perfect game to win.'

The Bears were far from perfect, but they got the job done.

This week's game looks to offer Baylor little competition. The Bears are an 18-point favorite, needing this game to tune up the offense before heading into their Big 12 opener against Texas Tech.

'It would be important to be 3-0 with an open date coming up before the Big 12 (opener),' Reedy said. 'We want to be a top six team in the conference so we can go to a bowl. Having a 3-0 record would be important.'

But as Texas A&M learned last week, there are hazards to looking too far ahead. The Beavers are led by a scrappy quarterback named Tim Alexander. Alexander leads the team in both rushing and passing.

The Beavers have lost both their games by a large sum, but Head Coach Jerry Pettibone, a native of Dallas, believes things are about to turn around.

'We need to practice hard and improve as much between the USC and Baylor game as we did between the Montana and USC game,' Pettibone said. 'We definitely need to cut down on the mistakes that hurt us in the USC game.'

Oregon State's defense is giving up more than 40 points a game. They were scorched by USC last week, allowing USC over 600 yards total offense. The Beaver defense is led by defensive back Marc Williams. Offensively, the Bears will look to improve both running and throwing the ball. Starting tailback Jerod Douglas has yet to go over 100 yards rushing in a game.

Quarterback Jeff Watson showed some improvement from last week, but Baylor still needs to improve its deep game.

The Bears' defense will not be completely healthy going into the game.

Glenn Coy, starting linebacker, sustained a bruised knee against Louisville and will not play in Saturday's game.

Coy underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday.

The defense has come up big in the first two games, especially Nikia Codie's game-clinching interception against Louisville.

The Beaver's Coach Pettibone knows that he has his work cut out for him.

'Baylor is an excellent football team,' Pettibone said. 'They are 2-0 after beating Louisiana Tech and Louisville on the road. It was a big victory for them over Louisville.

'This is Baylor's first home game, and its probably going to be hot in Waco,' he said.

'This will be another big challenge for us,' he said.

Surprisingly enough, the Bears are 0-2 against the Beavers, with the two teams meeting last some 30 years ago.

Kickoff for Saturday's home opener is set for 2:30 p.m. at Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium on Valley Mills Drive.

Jeff Andresen/The LariatWith the majority of both offensive and defensive lines healthy, Baylor should be at full strength Saturday afternoon. Look for big games out of Jerod Douglas and Kalief Muhummad on offense, and from Dean Jackson on the defensive side of the ball.

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