Bears go south to face No. 22-ranked Horns in footballOct. 27, 2000
Players say they look forward to rival
By ROB SINCLAIR
The Baylor football team gets another chance to bounce back from a loss when the Bears travel south for an 11:30 a.m. game Saturday against the No. 22-ranked University of Texas.
While few are giving Baylor (2-5 overall, 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference) any chance in Austin, the players are at least looking forward to facing their I-35 rival.
'I'm excited,' nose tackle Ryan Gillenwater said. '[Texas] and Texas A&M are our main rivals. It's a big game.'
Gillenwater and the rest of the Baylor defense will face a stern test in defending the UT offense. The Longhorns are led by two good quarterbacks: Major Applewhite and Chris Simms.
Applewhite is the defending Co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and despite coming off knee surgery in the off-season, he has kept his grip on the starting job. His quarterback rating is an exceptional 146.9, and he has thrown for more than 1,700 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Joining Applewhite in the backfield is tailback Hodges Mitchell. The all-purpose back leads Texas with 489 rushing yards and is second with 23 catches for 241 yards. He has found the endzone six times and also averages 12.3 yards per punt return.
In the passing game, the Longhorns have proved to be an equal-opportunity team. True freshman Roy Williams leads the team in catches (25), yards (476) and touchdowns (six), but he has had plenty of help. Wide outs Montrell Flowers, B.J. Johnson, Brandon Healy and tight end Mike Jones have all played an active role in helping the Longhorns outscore their opponents by more than 100 points.
'They'll stick with their base offense,' Baylor tight end Andrew Obriotti said. 'It will be a great challenge for us, but it's still an exciting time.'
On defense, De'Andre Lewis leads Texas with 49 tackles and has shown a good nose for the football with four fumble recoveries. Left end Cory Redding leads UT with 4.5 sacks, and defensive tackle Casey Hampton is one of the top interior linemen in the country.
Hard-hitting cornerback Quentin Jammer leads the secondary. Kris Stockton has connected on 9-12 field goal attempts this year and also handles the punting and kick-off duties.