2:00 PM ET, October 18, 2003
Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS), Lawrence, KS
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- It's bound to happen one day. Baylor will win a Big 12 road game, ending a string of frustration that's now reached 30 losses in a row away from home.
Kansas is just relieved the streak did not end at 29.
The mistake-prone Jayhawks scored twice in the fourth quarter and then got a big play from linebacker Banks Floodman to hold on and beat the Bears 28-21 Saturday.
"Yeah, it was definitely in the back of our minds," linebacker Nick Reid said of Baylor's conference road drought. "But they're a good team. They proved that when they beat Colorado. We didn't play a great game but we still came out and did what we needed to do to win, and that was important."
The Bears had one last shot, but Floodman intercepted Karas' pass and the Jayhawks ran out the clock.
"I saw him and tried to lock eyes with him," Karas said. "I was trying to push him to the flat. The curl was behind him and he made a great play."
Baylor held a 14-7 lead in the first quarter and went into the third period tied 14-all. It was the first time they had not trailed at halftime in a conference game since Oct. 6, 2001, at Texas A&M.
"I am proud of the way we competed in the second half," said Kansas coach Mark Mangino, who felt his team was flat after its overtime loss at Colorado the week before. "We didn't let Colorado beat us twice."
Whittemore was 19-of-30 for 252 yards and two touchdowns and tied the school record with his 15th scoring pass of the season.
The Jayhawks took the lead with 12:33 left on Whittemore's 40-yard pass play to Simmons, who caught the ball on the 28, sidestepped two defenders and scored.
The Jayhawks had scored 35 or more points in a school-record five straight games, but managed only one touchdown in the first half until Whittemore connected with Charles Gordon on an 18-yard scoring pass with 1:12 to go.
Mistakes kept wiping out big gains for the Jayhawks, such as a holding call that negated a 54-yard pass to Gordon.
A holding penalty nullified Whittemore's 35-yard run on the Jayhawks' final possession of the first half. But on third-and-5 from the Kansas 14, Whittemore then hit Brandon Rideau for 49 yards, then a moment later Gordon caught the game-tying touchdown pass.
"We had a lot of chances," said Baylor coach Guy Morriss. "It seemed like nobody wanted to win this one. We didn't play with a lot of emotion and we didn't seem to have anybody step up. There are no moral victories. W's and L's are the only things that matter."
Kansas moved 61 yards on nine plays with its first possession, with Clark Green scoring on a 17-yard run. The Bears tied it 7-all when James Todd blocked Curtis Ansel's punt and Michael Boyd fell on the ball in the end zone.
"When the ball is closest to the sideline on my side, I am supposed to go," Boyd said. "Nobody touched me. We needed that to get us going."
The Bears took advantage of a confused Kansas defense to score its go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. Karas dropped back into the shotgun at the last minute and tossed a soft screen pass to Rashad Armstrong, who scored from 23 yards out.