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Bear miscues give Mizzou victory, 42-24

Nov. 18, 1997

By Kevin Allen

Sports Writer for The Baylor Lariat

The Baylor Bears lost their eighth game of the season Saturday, as the Missouri Tigers bettered the Bears 42­24. During Monday afternoon's press conference, Head Coach Dave Roberts talked about the game and the improvement his team has seen.

'We had a cold time in Missouri,' Roberts said. 'We had trouble holding on to the football, but I thought our team played hard.'

Missouri was able to control the ball with its rushing attack, with quarterback Corby Jones leading the way. Jones led the Tigers with 126 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries. The Tigers were content keeping the ball on the ground, throwing only 10 times for 65 yards.

Missouri finished with more than 400 yards on offense, despite what Roberts considered a good performance by the Baylor defense. Sophomore Jason Jackson led the team in tackles for the second consecutive week, and has 33 tackles in the past three games.

'Defensively, [it was] probably the best we've played this year, ... considering the opponent,' Roberts said.

The offense also improved, according to Roberts, but mistakes cost the Bears. Turnovers hurt the Baylor offense, losing one fumble and giving up two interceptions.

'On each turnover, I think they took advantage of it,' Roberts said. 'That was the difference in the football game.'

The Baylor offense produced 364 yards of total offense, powered by the running of redshirt freshman running back Darrell Bush. Bush carried for a career high 162 yards on 20 carries, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. It was his third game of the season to break the 100-yard rushing mark, and he became the only freshman in Baylor history to reach this feat.

Fellow redshirt freshman Odell James saw his first extensive action of the season, taking over at quarterback late in the third quarter. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 68 yards, and threw his first touchdown pass of his career, a 33-yard strike to Morris Anderson.

The Bears will prepare this week for their final game of the season, a showdown with the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium. Kick-off time is set for 2:30 p.m.

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