Apparently, a win over the Big 12 North's worst team is just what the Big 12 South's worst team needed.
Baylor scored 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points to upend Kansas, 31-24, on Saturday at Casey Stadium for the first league victory by either team.
``It boosts our egos a lot,'' BU running back Darrell Bush said. ``We're going to come in Monday and get ready for Texas A&M.;''
After two straight close conference losses, the Bears (2-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12) finally had their breakthrough at KU's expense.
Baylor outgained Kansas (2-4, 0-4) 457 total yards to 447, enough, it would seem, to overcome the Bears' four interceptions.
``We had a little bit too many turnovers,'' Baylor coach Dave Roberts said. ``We had four interceptions. That's hard. But there's a bottom line -- the fun's in winning.''
The Bears, then, must have had their most fun in the fourth quarter, when they turned rolled up 183 yards of total offense and turned a 24-21 deficit into a seven-point victory.
Coming into Saturday's game, the Bears had outscored their opponents 53-27 in the fourth quarter. Make that 70-27.
``We seem to play better in the second half,'' Roberts understated. ``I'm very, very proud of this football team because they hung in there and fought.''
Bush, who unleashed a 70-yard run to set up what proved to be the game-winning score, led Baylor with 133 rushing yards. Jermaine Alfred, who was making his first start in place of benched QB Odell James, completed 15 of 29 passes for 288 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Morris Anderson led the Bears with five catches for 147 yards.
Baylor will play host to Texas A&M; next Saturday, then travel to Texas and Notre Dame before returning home for Kansas State.
``We've got some really tough teams coming,'' Roberts said, ``particularly next week -- a team that just beat Nebraska.''
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