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Bears 'take giant step backward'

Nov. 9, 1999

By TRAVIS THOLEN

Sports Writer

The University of Kansas abused an unmatched defense, 45-10, with a constant running game behind an assortment of players.

Nagging and new injuries plagued Baylor's linebacking core, and the Bears dropped to 1-8 overall with the loss at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks improved to 4-6.

'I left that field after the press conference and actually felt like we had [taken] a giant step backward,' head Coach Kevin Steele said.

The struggling Baylor Bears, 0-6 in conference, made Kansas' 2-4 conference mark look dominating by allowing 38 unanswered points.

Junior halfback David Winbush ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas.

The Bears began the game with a 26-yard field goal from senior kicker Kyle Atteberry early in the first quarter to close the gap to 7-3.

The Bears took the lead, 10-7, on their lone touchdown of the game. Senior quarterback Jermaine Alfred sneaked into the end zone from one yard out early in the second quarter.

Alfred came out firing in his best passing quarter since the first half of the UNLV game. He completed seven of the first 12 passes for 85 yards.

On third-and-16 on the KU 30-yard line, he completed a 21-yard pass to sophomore tight end Andrew Obriotti for the first down inside the 10-yard line before taking it the rest of the way himself. But that was all the offense the Bears would muster.

According to Steele and defensive coordinator Andrea 'Brick' Haley, injuries bothered the execution of the defense, especially the run defense.

The 373-yards rushing is the most Kansas has compiled in more than three years. Senior halfback Mitch Bowles had 86 yards and 245-pound junior fullback Moran Norris tacked on 75 yards on 13-carries.

Senior linebacker Andre Taylor added that the turf was the reason for most of the injuries. The next step for the Bears is to find at least semi-healthy replacements.

'We're looking at some redshirt freshmen and we're actually spending time talking to some guys that have played linebacker in their past,' Steele said.

True freshman Kelvin Chaisson got his first start of the season as a linebacker and led the team in tackles with 10.

'I really enjoyed it,' Chaisson said. 'If coach tells me to play, I'll go in there and play my hardest.'

The Jayhawks, behind 10-7, broke the scoring drought and eventually put the game away. An 18-yard touchdown run and a 6-yard touchdown run from Winbush gave the Jayhawks a 21-10 lead. Kansas added a field goal in the final seconds of the first half to take a 24-10 lead into the break.

Both defenses held strong in the third quarter, but the Jayhawks again found the end zone on a 1-yard run in the fourth, and another Winbush score expanded the lead to 38-10. The last touchdown came on a 20-yard run to make the final score 45-10.

'The most disappointing thing is where we are,' head Coach Kevin Steele said. 'We just have to stay focused no matter how painful it is, but we will get it done. We get better some weeks at some things and dissipate at others.'