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Wildcats dominateovermatched Bears

Nov. 2, 1999

By TORIE JOHNSON

Sports Editor

The Baylor football team dropped its fifth straight conference game of the 1999 season Saturday against Kansas State University. The Bears' overall record fell to 1-7 while the Wildcats augmented their perfection to eight games. In the 48-7 win, the home team dominated the visiting Bears in every aspect of play.

The Bears knew going into Manhattan that the No. 4 offense and the No. 5 defense in the country would be prepared to face unranked Baylor. So the players and coaches understood that although it would take a lot to win, the basics for success would come with simple execution.

'They are a special group. As a man front they are as good as anybody in the country, and they can give you blitzes or they can play straight,' head Coach Kevin Steele said before his team headed to Kansas. 'They have fun doing both, which is when you know you are a good team. You can look good at just about anything.'

The Wildcats did look good at everything against the Bears. The purple and white scored 41 unanswered points in the first three quarters before Baylor was able to find the end zone.

Steele pulled starting quarterback Jermaine Alfred early in the fourth quarter in favor of junior Odell James.

James engineered the scoring drive for the Bears when he broke away for a 30-yard run, after which junior tailback Darrell Bush scored the only Baylor touchdown from four yards away. The Wildcats quickly answered the Bears' score and pushed the final score to 48-7.

Baylor will travel to Kansas again this weekend to face the University of Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.