2:00 PM ET, October 5, 2002
Floyd Casey Stadium, WACO, TX
WACO, Texas (AP) -- After four years of Big 12 misery, Baylor fans couldn't wait even another half-second to start the celebration.
As soon as Daniel Andino's 33-yard field goal went through the uprights, Baylor students started to storm the field to celebrate a 35-32 win over Kansas that ended a 29-game conference losing streak -- even though there was still enough time on the clock for the ensuing kickoff.
The field had to be cleared, but that only lasted for a moment.
Right after the Bears kicked off, even as Kansas players lateralled the ball back and forth trying to keep alive the chance of a miracle return, the students in gold shirts swarmed into the end zone.
"If they would have run it back, I would have tackled him,'' said fourth-year Baylor coach Kevin Steele, the coach for the last 24 games of the streak.
Within a couple of minutes, the goalpost Andino had kicked the game-winner through was torn down and its remnants were being paraded out of the stadium for a long-awaited party.
Aaron Karas completed 8 of 11 passes for 117 yards in the final two drives, including a 41-yard TD to Robert Quiroga, as Baylor (3-2, 1-0 Big 12) scored 11 points in the final 1:18 to beat the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-2).
The Bears also beat Kansas for their last Big 12 win, on Oct. 10, 1998. Baylor is just 4-45 in the conference since its formation in 1997.
"The game is not so much about breaking the streak, but what it took to play up to this point,'' said Steele, 9-29 at Baylor. "No one believed in us, but no one on this team gave up. We never came apart at the seams.
"Most people can't handle this much adversity.''
Baylor had lost its conference games by an average margin of 29 points during the streak, and only one game was decided by less than 10 points. There were 21 losses by at least 20 points.
The longest conference losing streak in the nation now belongs to Duke, which lost its 19th straight ACC game Saturday 27-22 to Virginia.
Baylor tied the score at 32 when Aaron Karas threw a 41-yard TD pass to Robert Quiroga with 1:18 left and Chedrick Ricks added the 2-point conversion with an incredible effort.
Kansas defensive back Donnie Amadi had an angle on Ricks as he sprinted toward the corner of the end zone. As Ricks was hit, he fully extended his arms, getting the ball over the goal line even though the rest of his body never got there.
"We finally got our taste of a Big 12 win, and it feels great,'' Ricks said.
Kansas then went three-and-out, and Baylor took over at its own 35 with 35 seconds left.
Karas hit Ray Harrington for completions of 20 and 9 yards and then had an 8-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 with 10 seconds left. A 12-yard catch by Reggie Newhouse got the Bears to the 16 to set up Andino, who earlier kicked a career-long 46-yarder.
"This means a lot. I've been on the bottom forever it seems,'' said Newhouse, who had six catches for 80 yards. "It feels good not to be there anymore.''
Karas finished 22-of-32 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. With the last two drives, he made up for his three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble).
Bill Whittemore threw two touchdowns and ran for two, including a 2-yard keeper that gave the Jayhawks a 32-24 lead with 2:51 left. That came six plays after Karas was sacked and fumbled.
"I'm disappointed that we lost. It stings and it should,'' said first-year Kansas coach Mark Mangino. "So many good things happened ... but one thing that wasn't good was the score.''
Whittemore passed for 246 yards and ran for 79. The junior college transfer has eight rushing TDs since replacing Zach Dyer in the second half of the season-opening 45-3 loss to Iowa State.
On the final play of the third quarter, Whittemore took off to the right on a designed keeper. When he ran into a wall of defenders, he reversed field and got into the end zone virtually untouched
Johnny Beck, who missed an earlier extra point, kicked the extra point for a 25-24 Kansas lead.
Baylor led 14-0 after Karas threw a 25-yard TD pass and then caught a 20-yard TD on a throw back from Jonathan Evans in the first quarter.
Kansas got to 14-12 at halftime when Whittemore threw a 9-yard TD pass to Mark Simmons and Reggie Duncan had a 13-yard TD run.
The Jayhawks took their first lead when Whittemore threw an 18-yard TD to Derick Mills to end their first drive of the second half.
Baylor then had a 100-yard kickoff return nullified by a penalty, but drove 91 yards in six plays to go back in front when Vince Copeland scored on a 16-yard run.