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Bears look to rebound at Iowa State

Oct. 7, 2005

by JOSHUA FLANAGAN,sports writer

Senior linebacker Colin Allred says the Bears are "road warriors." With a 2-1 road record, they are certainly on their way.

Allred will have his chance to prove that statement Saturday against the Iowa State Cyclones."We're road warriors now. We don't mind the road at all," Allred said. "We can handle any trip."

Iowa State will wrap up the third straight road game for Baylor. Baylor beat Army and SMU, but couldn't finish against A&M. This week the Bears will look to reach a 3-1 road record against the Cyclones.

"We're right there knocking on the door," said junior receiver Trent Shelton. "This Iowa State game will be a big one for us. I think if we get that one under our belt then we're going to keep on rolling."

Iowa State also is looking to get rolling. In fact, the two teams resemble each other quite a bit at this stage of the season. Last week both teams lost to conference rivals in overtime after starting the season 3-0.

Both teams look to rebound at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Baylor head Coach Guy Morriss said that the team must not dwell on the disappointing loss at A&M Saturday and look forward to Iowa State.

"I think the thing we've got to do is, Iowa State is sitting in kind of the same boat we're sitting in, they got beat in overtime on the road," Morriss said. "We've got to get the energy back up. We've got to play with a lot of emotion and we'll see how they are but we can do a pretty good job with moving on to the next one."

Allred said he expects the rest of the Baylor defense to fall in line.

"We're just going to try to do the same things we did last week," Allred said. "Our defense is more about hustle and group tackling. We don't really have individual superstars. It's more of a team defensive effort. We just have to keep that up against Iowa State."

Baylor's offense will try to rebound from last week. In practice this week, the Bears have been working on their red zone offense, which lacked luster against A&M.

"We've been working on (the red zone offense). If we can get in the red zone and put up points than we'll be in pretty good position," Shelton said.

Junior quarterback Shawn Bell, didn't say 'if'.

"We're going to execute more in the red zone," Bell said. "Offensively we moved the ball well last week, but we just didn't score the points. That's what we're focusing on."

To try and gain an edge, look for Baylor to give freshman Carl Sims more plays at either quarterback or receiver. Last week he lined up at quarterback and rushed for 30 yards on two carries.

The versatile player isn't sure which position he'll be at Saturday.

"I'll be able to get a lot more plays against Iowa State, some at quarterback and some at receiver," Sims said.

While Iowa State probably doesn't know much about Sims, Allred said they should take notice of Baylor.

"(The A&M game) just shows that we've come a long way. We've known that, but it just shows everybody else now," Allred said.

"We've played on the road quite a bit this year. We want to take the mentality of being road warriors," Bell said. "We're looking forward to another hostile environment and (showing) them what we've got."

The Bears will play Iowa State after losing their starting center Will Blaylock, who suffered a strained knee ligament Saturday against A&M. Blaylock is expected to miss 3-6 weeks of action. Glen Oskin, who replaced Blaylock against A&M, is expected to start at center in his place against Iowa State.