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Steele calls Cowboys a 'beatable' team

Nov. 19, 1999

By TORIE JOHNSON

Sports Editor

The circumstances surrounding the 1999 finale are not what the Baylor football team hoped it would be. The Bears are 1-9 on the season and are riding a 12-game losing streak against conference foes. Several Bears are injured, but will go into the game anyway.

The 1999 Bears, coming off of a homecoming loss, have the dubious distinction of being the most scored-upon team in Baylor history.

The 1999 squad has given up 380 points already this season, seven more than the 1997 team. There have not been many positives for head Coach Kevin Steele and his staff.

'We are where we are,' Steele said. 'But there is a plan to take us out of this, and the mind is ever turning about executing the plan and coming to finishing things off and finishing things off to the best of your abilities.'

Baylor is trying to finish the season on a positive note for the

seniors and for the players who will return in 2000. Some Bears will play in their last game ever against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

'We have a group of guys who for the most part will never pull a jersey on again. They will never button a chinstrap again. They will never run between those white lines with the ability to play in the game and make something count for their team,' Steele said. 'For the large majority of those guys, this will be it.'

In their final game, the Bears will play a Cowboy team that is in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma State has a 4-5 overall record and the team is 2-4 in conference action. The Cowboys' offense relies heavily on the running game and a smaller portion comes from the passing attack.

'They are a decent football team, a beatable team if we execute well on defense,' senior tackle Dwight Johnson said. 'A win Saturday can spark a fire for next season.'

Oklahoma State is coming off a 45-13 win over the Kansas Jayhawks and will feature the son of Baylor's own defensive tackle coach, Lee Fobbs.

Junior Jamaal Fobbs, the second-string running back, leads the team in rushing with 54.2 yards per game.

Behind him is senior Nathan Simmons who continues to recover from last year's major knee surgery.

Fans can get into the Baylor triple-header by purchasing a $9 football ticket from any area Fina Convenience Store.

With the ticket, buyers get a voucher that provides free admission to the men's and women's basketball games at the Ferrell Special Events Center Saturday afternoon.