2006 Baylor Bears

Posted Dec 30, 2006

2006 Baylor Bear Season, Game Reviews, Scores and Recaps

Nov. 18
Oklahoma 36 ... Baylor 10
OU overcame five turnovers to blow away Baylor on an interception return for a touchdown from Reggie Smith, a safety, and a 88-yard kickoff return for a score by Juaquin Iglesias. The offense got into the act on a ten-yard Joe Jon Finley scoring catch and a seven-yard Chris Brown run on the way to a 36-3 lead after three quarters. The Bears finally got into the end zone on a 56-yard Braelon Davis fumble return for a touchdown. The Sooner defense came up with five sacks holding BU to -48 rushing yards.
Player of the game ... Oklahoma RB Chris Brown ran for 169 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.  
Stat Leaders: Oklahoma - Passing: Paul Thompson, 12-19, 178 yds, 2 TDs, INT
Rushing: Chris Brown, 24-169, 1 TD  Receiving: Malcolm Kelly, 5-115, 1 TD
Baylor - Passing: Blake Szymanski, 22-45, 188 yds, 2 INTs
Paul Mosley, 7-14  Receiving: Paul Mosley, 5-23

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... After things went so well over the first half of the season, the wheels completely came apart for the Bears over the last month with four straight losses and not even coming close against the teams in the South. Blake Szymanski wasn't able to get the passing game going showing how much Shawn Bell was missed, but the real problem was the defense. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State ran at will over the last two weeks, and while that'll certainly be addresses in the off-season, job one is to find some semblance of a running game.

2006 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2006 Schedule:
Preview 2006 predicted wins

9/2 TCU L 17-7
9/9 Nwestern St W 47-10
9/16 at Wash St L 17-15
9/23 Army L 27-20 OT
9/30 Kansas State W 17-3
10/7 at Colo. W 34-31 3OT
10/14 at Texas L 63-31
10/21 Kansas W 36-35
10/28 Texas A&M L 31-21
11/4 at Texas Tech L 55-21
11/11 at Oklahoma St L 66-24
11/18 Oklahoma L 36-10

2005 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 3-8
2005 Schedule: 5-6

Preview 2005 predicted wins

9/3 at SMU W 28-23
9/10 Samford  W 48-14
9/17 at Army W 20-10
10/1 at Texas A&M L 16-13 OT
10/8 at Iowa State W 23-13
10/15 Nebraska L 23-14
10/22 at Oklahoma L 37-30 2OT
10/29 Texas Tech L 28-0  
11/5 Texas L 62-0
11/12 at Missouri L 31-16
11/19 Oklahoma State W 44-34

Nov. 11
Oklahoma State 66 ... Baylor 24
Oklahoma State converted five Baylor turnovers into touchdowns and finished with six takeaways in the blowout win. Tied at three in the first quarter, OSU went on a 48-point run with two Keith Toston touchdown runs, two Bobby Reid touchdown passes to Brandon Pettigrew, and in the first four minutes of the second half, a 23-yard Darnell Smith interception return for a touchdown and a 57-yard Donovan Woods fumble recovery for a score. Down 52-3, the Bears got two Blake Szymanski touchdown passes with an eight-yard Paul Mosley scoring run.
Player of the game ... Oklahoma State RBs Dantrell Savage and Keith Toston combined for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries
Stat Leaders: Baylor - Passing: Blake Szymanski, 24-41, 262 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Paul Mosley, 8-62, 1 TD. Receiving: Carl Sims, 7-62
Oklahoma State - Passing: Bobby Reid, 9-10, 88 yds, 2 TD
Dantrell Savage, 13-116, 1 TD  Receiving: Brandon Pettigrew, 3-33, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... How much does Baylor miss Shawn Bell? The offense had no hope of keeping pace with Oklahoma State, while the mistakes and turnovers from Blake Szymanski were part of a freaky-fast Cowboy run to make it a laugher. This game was when a running game would've been nice to rely on once things started going south, and there wasn't much. The bowl dream is gone after a three-game losing streak with Oklahoma to close things out. Consider the season an interesting stepping stone for the future, but it'll be hard to forget about how things are closing out.

Oct. 28
Texas A&M 31 ... Baylor 21
Texas A&M got Martellus Bennett touchdown catches from three and 75 yards out and controlled the game with the rushing attack throughout. Baylor got two short touchdown runs from Brandon Whitaker and Paul Mosley to go along with a 79-yard touchdown catch from Dominique Ziegler, but the Aggies controlled the fourth quarter closing it out with a 22-yard Layne Neumann field goal, after getting an attempt blocked earlier, and a 64-yard Mike Goodson touchdown run.
Player of the game ... Texas A&M TE Martellus Bennett caught five passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Stephen McGee, 12-21, 215 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Mike Goodson, 8-96, 1 TD. Receiving: Martellus Bennett, 5-133, 2 TD
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 14-20, 260 yds, 1 TD
Paul Mosley, 13-53, 1 TD  Receiving: Dominique Ziegler, 5-180, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Baylor needed to keep the chains moving and get the Texas A&M running game off the field to have a chance to win, but the offense couldn't do it. Even though Shawn Bell had a nice game, and Paul Mosley ran well, it wasn't able to generate nearly enough in the fourth quarter after fighting to get even at 21-21. Bell couldn't come up with the big play needed, and he'll need to be on for BU and has to not only hit the big plays, but also control the clock to stay in the almost certain firefights ahead against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Oct. 21
Baylor 36 ... Kansas 35
Baylor got three Shawn Bell touchdown passes in the final 9:22 in a wild comeback after being down 35-17 going into the fourth quarter. Jon Cornish ran for two scores for the Jayhawks, Kerry Meier threw a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Arist Wight returned an interception for a 28-yard score, but the secondary couldn't handle Bell, who threw for a school-record 394 yards and five touchdown passes with two to Trent Shelton and a ten-yard throw to Dominique Ziegler with 1:08 to play for BU's first lead since early in the first quarter. KU's final drive never got going with Dwain Crawford intercepting Adam Barmann on fourth and 22.
Player of the game ... Baylor QB Shawn Bell completed 33 of 55 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Kansas - Passing: Kerry Meier, 6-11, 62 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jon Cornish, 24-196, 2 TD
 Receiving: Dexton Fields, 4-36, 1 TD
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 33-55, 394 yds, 5 TD, 2 INT
Paul Mosley, 8-75  Receiving: Dominique Ziegler, 7-122, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Purists might poo-poo a pure passing attack like Baylor's but in a shootout like the one against Kansas, it's the offense you want to have. Shawn Bell was magnificent spreading the ball around well and coming up with the big plays the offense desperately needed to have in the fourth quarter to pull off the win and stay alive in the hunt for a bowl game. The defense was nothing to write home about and its probably going to be steamrolled over by Texas A&M next week, as long as Bell is bombing, the team has a shot.

Oct. 14
Texas 63 ... Baylor 31
In a strange game that saw big play after big play, Colt McCoy set a Texas record with six touchdown passes, Matt Melton returned a pick for a score, Robert Killebrew returned a fumble for a score, and McCoy connected on big play after big play. Baylor started out with a 67-yard touchdown from Trent Shelton on its first play from scrimmage got a 56-yard scoring dash from Paul Mosley, but couldn't keep up the pace. A 19-yard scoring grab from Limas Sweed broke the game wide open in the third quarter, and a 50-yard Sweed score and a 62-yard touchdown from Billy Pittman added to the blowout.
Player of the game ... Texas QB Colt McCoy completed 31 of 32 passes for 275 yards and six touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 21-32, 275 yds, 6 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jamaal Charles, 14-64. Receiving: Limas Sweed, 6-98, 2 TD
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 25-47, 303 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Paul Mosley, 5-64, 1 TD  Receiving: Trent Shelton, 6-114, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Texas might have blown the doors off the Baylor defense, but could the Bears have even thought about throwing on a team this good a few years ago? Even though the passing game is hardly a polished product, Shawn Bell get slinging it and kept the Longhorns on their heels and forced them to up their intensity throughout the game. Having the athletes to compete with the best of the best will always be a problem, but at least this offense will throw a scare into everyone. Bell is a fearless bomber.

Oct. 7
Baylor 34 ... Colorado 31 3OT
Baylor's Ryan Havens hit a 22-yard field goal in the third overtime, and then the defense sealed the win with an interception from Joe Pawelek. The Bears took a 17-10 lead late in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard Paul Mosley touchdown run, but Colorado came back with a nine-yard touchdown run from Byron Ellis. In the first overtime, Mosley ran for a one-yard score, but Colorado got a ten-yard scoring grab from Rian Greer. Hugh Charles tore off a 25-yard touchdown run for the Buffs in the second OT, and Baylor answered with a ten-yard Trent Shelton touchdown grab.
Player of the game ... Baylor LB Joe Pawelek made 14 tackles, one tackle for loss, and sealed the win with an interception in the third overtime.
Stat Leaders: Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 31-44, 272 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Paul Mosley, 20-85, 2 TD. Receiving: Dominique Ziegler, 7-71
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 9-24, 75 yds, 1 TD
Bernard Jackson, 15-93, 1 TD  Receiving: Riar Geer, 3-39
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Was the win at Colorado the biggest in the Guy Morriss era? There have been bigger upsets and some shockers, but this put the Bears in the bowl hunt needing three more wins to get in. There was a running game for the first time all season long with Paul Mosley motoring well to give Shawn Bell and the passing game a little bit of a break. The defense couldn't hold up against the run, and there will be big problems against Texas next week, but the pass defense was terrific.

Sept. 30
Baylor 17 ... Kansas State 3
Baylor got a 75-yard touchdown from Trent Shelton, an 11-yard scoring grab from Dominique Ziegler and a 22-yard Ryan Havens field goal and let the defense do the rest holding Kansas State to 45 rushing yards and just a 41-yard Jeff Snodgrass field goal. The Wildcats moved the ball through the air, but turned it over five times with Dwain Crawford picking off two passes.
Player of the game ... Baylor QB Shawn Bell completed 25 of 46 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns with one interception
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 11-33, 196 yds, 3 INT
Thomas Clayton, 18-38  Receiving: Rashaad Norwood, 7-27
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 25-46, 282 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Paul Mosley, 7-33  Receiving: Dominique Ziegler, 8-73, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Baylor's offense still needs plenty of fine tuning, but the defense did its job against Kansas State coming up with big play after big play and putting the offense into great positions. Two scoring drives started on KSU's side of the field. Shawn Bell had one of his strongest games yet, but he's still not effective enough to overcome the lack of any sort of running game. At some point, the offense has to figure out how to get Paul Mosley going.

Sept. 23
Army 27 ... Baylor 20 OT
Army scored on its overtime possession thanks to a Tony Moore run on fourth down to keep the drive alive before running for a four-yard score for the lead. Baylor's possession went four and out with Shawn Bell misfiring on a fourth down pass to give Army the win. Baylor sent it into overtime with a 24-yard Ryan Havens field goal after Army scored ten fourth quarter points highlighted by a 21-yard touchdown pass to Moore. Baylor started off with a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a Bell seven-yard touchdown pass to Trent Shelton, but it was only able to come up with one more touchdown on a two-yard Paul Mosley run late in the third. Army's offense had problems getting going until Jeremy Trimble returned a punt 59 yards for a score to tie it at ten.
Player of the game ... Army linebackers Barrett Scruggs and Cason Shrode combined for 20 tackles
Stat Leaders: Army - Passing: David Pevoto, 15-22, 138 yds, 1 TD
Wesley McMahand, 22-93  Receiving: Jeremy Trimble, 7-63
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 26-35, 241 yds, 1 TD
Paul Mosley, 14-38, 1 TD  Receiving: Trent Shelton, 7-79, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Baylor needed to use the Army game to fight through the growing pains of the passing offense, but Shawn Bell still didn't do nearly enough to push the ball down the field on a consistent basis and there continues to be no running attack to balance things out when Bell isn't on. Even so, the offense came up with its best drive of the game when it desperately needed it late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but the overtime drive showed what can happen when the offense isn't working. At 1-3, the team needs a big win next week at Kansas State or be in big trouble over the next several weeks. A bowl game is now an impossible dream.

Sept. 16
Washington State 17 ... Baylor 15
Washington State got stuffed at the goal line, but won the game with a 17-yard Loren Langley field goal with nine seconds to play to cap off a sloppy game with eight total turnovers and -10 rushing yards from Baylor. The Bears made enough plays to stay alive getting a 40-yard fumble recovery for a score from Anthony Arline with just over five minutes to play, but the Cougars answered with Alex Brink, who caught a four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, taking the team on its best drive of the day for the final points. Jason Hill caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Gary Rogers in the second quarter for the Cougars. Baylor got out to a 9-0 lead on a safety and a 12-yard touchdown catch from Justin Fenty.
Player of the game ... Washington State QB Alex Brink completed 21 of 32 passes for 251 yards with an interception and caught a four-yard touchdown pass
Stat Leaders: Washington State - Passing: Alex Brink, 21-32, 251 yds, 1 INT
DeMaundray Woolridge, 18-54  Receiving: Michael Bumpus, 7-64
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 31-48, 256 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Brandon Whitaker, 6-20  Receiving: Brandon Whitaker, 9-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
The new passing game experiment to try to be another Texas Tech only works if there's some sort of a running game. There hasn't been since the start of the season, and -10 yards against Washington State, helped by a slew of Cougar sacks, proved to be the team's downfall. On the positive side, BU turned it over four times, had no running game, and gave up five sacks, yet still had a chance to win late losing on a last-second field goal. If there's no ground game against an awful Army run defense next week, then it's really time to panic.

Sept. 9
Baylor 47 ... Northwestern State 10
Shawn Bell threw four touchdown passes, with two to Thomas White, and C.J. Wilson returned an interception for a touchdown as Baylor cruised to an easy win. The Bears got up 20-0 at halftime, but NSU broke the run on the opening drive in the second half with a ten-yard Chris Miller touchdown pass. BU outgained NSU 330 passing yards to 182, but was outrushed 147 yards to 20. NSU committed 20 penalties for 139 yards and Baylor committed 11 for 130.
Player of the game ... Baylor WR Trent Shelton caught nine passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Northwestern State - Passing: Ricky Joe Meeks, 13-25, 179 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Patrick Earl, 13-64. Receiving: Derrick Doyle, 4-102
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 25-41, 288 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Brandon Whitaker, 4-23. Receiving: Trent Shelton, 9-158, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Running game, schmunning game. You schedule teams like Northwestern State to work on what needs working on, and Baylor needed live reps for its passing game. It came up with a great game spreading the ball around well and looking like the lite version of Texas Tech that it's trying to become. Shawn Bell isn't razor-sharp yet, but he made some good throws and had a better command of the offense than he did against TCU.

Sept. 2
TCU 17 ... Baylor 7
TCU overcame a 7-0 deficit and the loss of starting quarterback Jeff Ballard to score 17 unanswered points in the second half as Marcus Jackson connected with Aaron Brown on a 84-yard touchdown and Quinton Cunigan on a three-yard scoring strike. Baylor scored on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mikail Baker, but had problems maintaining possession in the second half and turned the ball over twice in TCU territory killing good scoring chances.
Player of the game ... TCU QB Marcus Jackson completed 11 of 13 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: TCU - Passing: Marcus Jackson, 11-13, 148 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Aaron Brown, 15-49. Receiving: Quentil Harmon, 5-96
Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 31-47, 286 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Paul Mosley, 10-34. Receiving: Terrance Parks, 7-65
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
The new passing attack was able to generate some decent yards against TCU, but it wasn't able to come up with the big play in the second half and it wasn't able to take advantage of all the openings. Lost in the hope to be like Texas Tech is the need for a ground game. The Red Raiders always have some semblance of a rushing threat, and Baylor needs to get Paul Mosley going on the ground to keep defenses guessing. The attack will get a chance to tune up next week against Northwestern State.

Baylor 2006 Preview

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It has taken ten years of Big 12 play, but Baylor finally can go into the season honestly thinking it won't be the league's worst team.  

While that might not seem like much, it's a huge step for the woebegone program that hasn't had a winning season since 1995 and got its first conference road win last season.

It has been a case of baby steps under head coach Guy Morriss as the team has slowly upgrades the overall talent level and has started to become more competitive. However, it's time for the near misses to turn into wins. This is a program way overdue for good things to happen, and under Morriss, the breaks should start to come.

The 2005 Bears lost to Texas A&M by three and to Oklahoma by seven, but it beat the teams they were supposed to and come up with a shocker against Iowa State in Ames. This isn't a good enough team to beat all the Big 12 big boys and be a player in the race for the South title, but it has just enough to pull off a few upsets, beat the average teams, and finally get a winning season again.

While it might seem like Baylor is on the verge of being much better, it's undergoing a little bit of a transformation on offense. While a balanced offense that can do a little of everything well would be nice, strength, not speed, has been the team's biggest problem over the years; it can't pound the ball on anyone. Expect more passing in the spread offense with even more four and five wide sets than last year.

The defensive front six in the 4-2-5 alignment isn't going to scare anyone, but the secondary should be one of the Big 12's best with a solid group of unheralded talents and good new safeties to replace former stars Maurice Lane and Willie Andrews. The special teams will be among the best in America led by punter Daniel Sepulveda, last year's Ray Guy Award winner.

The question then becomes when Baylor will improve to the point to where it becomes a true threat to go to a bowl. First of all, it has to prove it can handle itself better in Big 12 play. For all the positive steps taken under Morriss, the Bears have still only gone 4-14 in conference play in his tenure. Every time it looks like things are about to turn, long losing streaks kick in.

In 2003, BU started 3-2 before losing the final seven games. In 2004 there was a 2-1 start before going 1-7 the rest of the way. Last year, a five-game losing streak did the team in after a great start. However, there's a shot to avoid the big skid this season because of ...

The Schedule: BU gets the biggest break possible playing the North's two weakest teams, Kansas State and Kansas, in very winnable home games. Spread out with games against teams like Army, Oklahoma State and Northwestern State, it's doubtful the Bears will go on anything more than a three-game losing streak. With dates at Colorado, Texas and Texas Tech, forget about a second Big 12 road win until mid-November against OSU. Getting Texas A&M at home is a major plus.

Best Offensive Player: Senior WR Dominique Ziegler. A possession receiver extraordinaire, Ziegler has a shot at owning several of the school's receiving records. He needs 72 catches and ten touchdowns to be the main man in those two areas, but it might be possible in the new passing attack.

Best Defensive Player: Senior CB C.J. Wilson. Good enough to play either safety of corner, Wilson has good size and great ball skills. He picked off five passes last season as one of the Big 12's steadies corners, and he should once again be a star in a solid secondary.

Key player to a successful season: Senior QB Shawn Bell. While he's not going to put up unbelievable numbers, he should be a consistent leader. He needs to spread the ball around effectively and keep the mistakes to a minimum. If he can start being better at throwing the deep ball, all the better.

The season will be a success if ... BU wins six games. It's a far taller task than it might seem with the only sure wins to come against Northwestern State and Army. Yeah, the Bears should be able to hang with Kansas State, Kansas, Texas A&M, and at Oklahoma State, but they're not going to win all four of those, and they're not good enough to beat TCU, at Washington State, at Colorado, at Texas, at Texas Tech, or Oklahoma.

Key game: Sept. 30 vs. Kansas State. The Wildcats will be looking to rebound in a hurry under a new coaching staff and will be desperate to come away from Waco with a win. Baylor needs this to avoid a three game losing streak with games at Colorado and Texas ahead.

2005 Fun Stats: 
- Penalties: Baylor 89 for 766 yards - Opponents 65 for 540 yards
- Fourth down conversion percentage: Opponents 14 of 20 (70%) - Baylor 5 of 12 (42%)
- Red zone scoring percentage: Opponents 85% (26 TDs, 9 FGs) - Baylor 65% (17 TDs, 13 INT)

The Last Time Baylor…
…played in a bowl game…1994 (Alamo Bowl vs. Washington State)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1995 (NC State)
…was shutout…2005 (Texas)
…scored 50 points…2002 (Samford)
…went undefeated…1900
…won a conference title…1994 (share, SWC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…never
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2003 (Rashad Armstrong)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2002 (Reggie Newhouse)
…had a first-round draft choice…1996 (DT Daryl Gardener)