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10-10-2005, 11:16 AM
USAToday: Baylor rises after long hibernation


Baylor rises after long hibernation
By Jack Carey, USA TODAY

A road more traveled has led the Baylor Bears to Big 12 respectability. Futility on the road has been a hallmark of the Baylor program in recent years, but no more.

The Bears won their first Big 12 road game since the league started 10 years ago after losing their first 37 23-13 Saturday at Iowa State. Overall, the Bears (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) have won three of four road games this season. They play Nebraska on Saturday at home.

That's one of four home games left for coach Guy Morriss' team, which is off to its best start since 1995 and could be on course for its first bowl invitation in 11 years.

The Bears nearly broke their Big 12 streak last week but fell in overtime to Texas A&M.

Against the Cyclones, Ryan Havens kicked three field goals and the Bears' defense came up with two key fumble recoveries to thwart Iowa State threats.

Morriss, in his third year after leaving Kentucky, says the team's turnaround has been a gradual process.

"The kids have been getting more confident, and we're developing a trust level between coaches and players," he said Sunday. "Sometimes we took a step forward and then two back.

"But this is a new year. The kids are believing in what they're doing, and they're playing hard, and that's very key in trying to turn a program around. If kids don't play hard for you, you don't have a chance. It's a new mentality. I don't even know how to describe it."

Morriss has been able to tap into the fertile recruiting ground around central Texas to boost his talent base. "I want somebody who wants to be at Baylor, somebody who has a passion to be at Baylor and in the Big 12. We've made a concerted effort to recruit in our own backyard," he said.

And for a school rocked two years ago by the murder of basketball player Patrick Dennehy by teammate Carlton Dotson and the subsequent NCAA investigation that led to probation for the hoop team, winning on the gridiron is extra special. "Everybody's excited about what the kids are doing," Morriss said. "The enthusiasm is back."

10-10-2005, 11:43 AM
10 Year hibernation haha... what a long time to sleep! :eek:

10-10-2005, 03:59 PM
yeah i was under the impression they were dead, but glad to know they came to