Baylor 10

(3-6, 1-4 Big 12)

Kansas State 38

(7-3, 3-2 Big 12)

2:10 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

1 2 3 4 T
BAY 3 7 0 010
KSU 0 14 10 1438

Kansas State 38, Baylor 10

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- His coaches and teammates wouldn't discuss why James Terry was held out of the starting lineup. Terry himself was scratched from the postgame news conference.

The long-limbed wide receiver was still a hot topic of conversation after catching a career-high three touchdown passes -- and dropping several balls that hit him in the hands -- in Kansas State's 38-10 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

"You can just throw it up sometimes, and when he's on he'll go get it," quarterback Ell Roberson said. "He might have dropped some easy passes today, but he made the hard ones."

None was harder than Terry's first TD reception -- a spectacular, foot-dragging catch while diving out the side of the end zone to put Kansas State up 7-3 with just under 12{ minutes left in the first half.

The play amazed both Terry's coach and the player who was defending him.

"I was right there on the sideline, and I thought it was way out of bounds," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "I thought the ball was grossly overthrown, but he made a great catch."

Cornerback Anthony Arline had Terry blanketed on the play.

"I thought I had excellent position on him, but it was just an excellent throw and catch," Arline said. "He's a great athlete."

Terry, only the sixth player in school history with three TD receptions in one game, finished with 138 yards on eight catches. Roberson was 14-for-24 for 242 yards and also ran 1 yard for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

The Wildcats moved into a tie with No. 12 Nebraska for the Big 12 North lead with their third straight win and the Cornhuskers' 31-7 loss to No. 16 Texas. Baylor (3-6, 1-4 Big 12) lost its fourth straight game.

Kansas State (7-3, 3-2) was a 40-point favorite but needed a 98-yard drive, capped by Roberson's 14-yard TD pass to Terry with 26 seconds left, to lead 14-10 at the half.

"We didn't have any emotion in the first half, which was a shame," linebacker Josh Buhl said. "I don't see how you can't get up for every game."

The Wildcats picked it up after halftime, though.

Joe Rheem, who was wide left from 41 yards out in the second quarter, hit a 44-yard field goal on Kansas State's first drive of the third quarter to make it 17-10. On the Wildcats' next possession, Roberson and Terry hooked up for a 39-yard TD play that put the Wildcats up 24-10.

Darren Sproles, held in check for most of the day, set up two fourth-quarter touchdowns with long runs and finished with 155 yards on 19 carries.

He gained just 30 yards on his first 16 carries but broke a 73-yard gain to the Bears' 7 on the 17th. That set up Ayo Saba's 1-yard TD run for a 31-10 lead.

Sproles, Kansas State's leading career rusher, ran 52 yards to the Baylor 1 on the first play of Kansas State's next drive. Roberson scored on the next play to make it 38-10.

"They had a couple of big runs on us and we just broke down," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "It seemed like we would try to plug one hole, and another would open up."

Kansas State's defense had seven sacks and an interception and held the opposition without an offensive touchdown for the second straight game. The Wildcats preserved that streak by stuffing Brandon Whitaker for a 1-yard loss at Kansas State's 2 with less than 30 seconds left.

That performance helped offset inconsistent outings by Kansas State's offense and special teams.

The Wildcats outgained the Bears 476-228. But they also lost two fumbles in Baylor territory, wasted scoring opportunities throughout the game and gave up Robert Quiroga's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 10-7 Baylor lead in the second quarter.

After Terry's first touchdown catch, Quiroga needed just 13 seconds to dash untouched down the left sideline for the second TD return in three weeks against the Wildcats.

Two weeks ago, Colorado's Jeremy Bloom ran a kickoff back 88 yards for a score in Kansas State's 49-20 win.

Since 1971, when the school started keeping records in the category, the Wildcats had not yielded more than one kickoff-return TD in a season.

"I really shouldn't be talking about it, because it probably breeds contempt for the unit," Snyder said. "We are not very good at kicking the ball and defending the return. We can't survive unless we get that taken care of."

Kenny Webb kicked a 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 led on Baylor's first possession.