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Big 12 opener tough on Bear football team

Oct. 3, 2000

By ERIKA SNOBERGER

Sports writer

The Baylor football team had a rude awakening into the Big 12 Saturday as the Iowa State University Cyclones blew into Waco and pummeled the Bears 31-17 at Floyd Casey Stadium.

The contest was Baylor's first conference matchup of the season and, after the loss, dropped the team to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12.

The Cyclones came and went in a whirlwind, leaving little doubt that the Bears will have a full 'to do' list for the upcoming week.

ISU outplayed Baylor on both sides of the ball. Running back Ennis Haywood rushed for 241 yards, only 28 short of Baylor's total offensive yards.

'We're young on defense, but that's no excuse,' head Coach Kevin Steele said. 'We can't keep giving up this many yards rushing.'

ISU got off to an early lead, and by halftime had left Baylor in its dust, leading 31-3. The Bears managed to come back strong in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

Quarterback Guy Tomcheck ended the night having completed a meager 8 out of 27 passes for 161 yards and an interception.

'I had bad placement; I was throwing where I shouldn't have been throwing,' he said. 'From a spectator's point of view, I'm sure it looked like we weren't running good routes, but it was just a matter of me not putting the ball where it should be.'

Steele said despite the team's shortcomings, he was proud of the players for fighting back in the second half. He added he feels comfortable with where the team is in what he termed a 'major rebuilding process.'

'We're remarkably better offensively than we ever have been,' he said. 'We have an incredible sense of urgency to get the job done right now, but we also have to be realistic in where we are as a program.'

This weekend, Baylor will have another chance at its first conference win since beating the University of Kansas in 1998. The Bears travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech University.