WACO, Texas (AP) -- Shawn Bell noticed the Baylor fans who began
to leave the stadium seemingly resigned to another disappointing
homecoming loss after he threw an interception early in the fourth
"But we're going to believe," Bell said. "What a great
finish. People will remember this one."
Instead of their ninth straight homecoming loss, those who
stayed Saturday saw the Bears match the largest fourth-quarter
comeback in team history for a 36-35 victory over Kansas.
Bell threw for a school-record 394 yards with three of his five
touchdown passes coming in the final 9:22 when Baylor erased an
18-point deficit. The game-winner was a 10-yarder to Dominique
Zeigler with 1:08 left.
"It solidifies the mentality you're trying to form as a
habit," coach Guy Morriss said. "They didn't give up. They didn't
give in. They found a way to win it. ... As long as we win, I'll
take four more like that."
Baylor (4-4, 3-1 Big 12) has won three Big 12 games in the same
season for the first time, and is .500 at its latest point in 10
years. Next up is another home game against No. 23 Texas A&M, which
lost in Waco two years ago.
Bell finished 33-of-55, and the five TDs and his 18 this season
are also school records. Zeigler caught the final pass in the left
flat and got a tremendous block from fellow receiver Trent Shelton
that allowed him to leap over another defender into the end zone.
"I'm littler than most guys, so I wasn't going to run him over
to get into the end zone," said Zeigler, who caught seven passes
for 122 yards. "I jumped over him because I wasn't going out of
The only other time the Bears trailed by 18 points in the fourth
quarter and won was in 1936, when the Bears scored three touchdowns
for a 21-18 win over Texas. The Longhorns fired their coach right
after the game.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino still has a job, but the loss at
Baylor came a week after the Jayhawks (3-5, 0-4) blew a 17-0
third-quarter lead in a 42-32 loss at Oklahoma State. Less than two
weeks ago, the NCAA extended the school's self-imposed probation
for violations under Mangino.
Jon Cornish had a career-high 196 yards rushing, 140 by halftime
when Kansas led 35-17 after his two TD runs.
Cornish had a 24-yard run on the first play of the second half,
and receiver Marcus Herford then overthrew a wide-open receiver in
the end zone on a trick play before Scott Webb was wide right on a
42-yard field goal attempt on that same drive.
Those missed chances proved costly.
"If I had an explanation, we would have corrected it a while
back," Mangino said. "I'm not a believer in luck. You work at
what you do and you find a way to get better and you find a way to
That's what Baylor did.
Bell hit Shelton (six catches, 104 yards, two TDs) for a 42-yard
TD to start Baylor's comeback. After Kansas punted, Zeigler caught
a 60-yard pass to set up Paul Mosley's 4-yard TD catch on the next
play that got the Bears within 35-30 with 4:48 left.
With Adam Barmann at quarterback after Kerry Meier was
apparently hurt on the final play of the third quarter, Kansas was
unable to pick up a first down and punted. The Bears took over at
their 42 with 2:43 left.
On the play before the game-winning TD, Zeigler made an
incredible stretching catch along the sideline, managing to drag
his foot inbounds for a 13-yard gain on third-and-10. The play was
reviewed and upheld.
Meier never returned after he took a hard shot on the sideline
at the end of an 8-yard run on the final play of the third quarter.
Mangino refused to say what was wrong, but Meier missed three games
earlier this season because of a shoulder injury.
Meier was 6-of-11 for 62 yards and a TD, and ran for 62 yards
and a score. Without Meier in the game, the option running game
didn't work and Kansas was ineffective offensively.
"It definitely changed the game plan. You can do certain things
and you can't," Kansas center David Ochoa said. "It's not about
offense or defense on the team. We're just trying to outscore the
other team's offense and we didn't do that."
Kansas has lost all three of its Big 12 trips to Waco, the
others in 1998 and 2002 that were the bookends to Baylor's 29-game
conference losing streak. The Jayhawks are 1-17 in conference road
games in Mangino's five seasons.