By Jeff Davis
Sports writer for The Lariat
The theme all around the Baylor football camp last week was to avoid a letdown versus the Houston Cougars.
No symptoms of a letdown could be found in the Astrodome Saturday night, but what could be found was a 47-7 whipping of the Cougars in Baylor's most dominating performance of the season.
'We were very pleased with our performance,' head coach Chuck Reedy said. 'It's great to win in such a convincing manner. This was our most complete game of the year.'
Baylor took charge from the opening kick off on its way to 591 yards of total offense and gave up only 178 yards of total offense to a Houston team that passed for 401 yards in its previous game versus TCU.
It is the first time Baylor has accumulated over 500 yards of total offense since it rolled up 532 yards against SMU in 1984.
'Our game plan was to control the ball and really, to run right at them,' quarterback Jeff Watson said.
'Our offensive line did a great job, again,' he said.
Baylor's defense was also solid again also.
Houston quarterback Chuck Clements completed just 14 of 38 passes for 120 yards and was picked off twice; once by Raynor Finley and once by Joe Manor.
'We chased him (Clements) out of the pocket all night,' linebacker Gary Bandy said. 'There wasn't a whole lot he could do against us.'
Pearce Pegross had his best performance as a Bear by catching three passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Dexter Ford led the Bears in rushing with 74 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Ford, Jerod Douglas, and Anthony Hodge combined for 194 yards rushing.
Baylor (4-1, 2-0) now sets its sights on Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1) which barely got by SMU on Saturday.
It took a 25-yard touchdown pass form quarterback Corey Pullig to reciever Albert Connell with just eight seconds remaining to push the Aggies past the Mustangs, 20-17.
If Baylor can get by the Aggies, the Bears will certainly be a favorite to win the Southwest Conference Title.
'They are still the same football team that was ranked third in the country to start the season,' Reedy said in reference to the Aggies at Monday's media luncheon.
'They have the same players and have quality at every position,' Reedy said. 'We realize that this game will be a tremendous challenge. They are the most talented team we'll face this year. It will take our best to win.'
Tuesday, October 17, 1995
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