WACO, Texas (AP) -- A relieved Baylor coach Guy Morriss was
thankful for small victories.
"I don't know if I've been in any uglier game," he said after
Baylor held on for a 24-17 win Saturday night over Division I-AA
Texas State. "But we were happy to get a win. ... Somewhere in the
back of my head I was nervous about this game."
Junior college transfer Dane King led Baylor with two touchdown
passes and the defense produced another score as the Bears bounced
back from a humiliating opener.
"We struggled all night," Morriss said. "We didn't protect
the quarterback well. Dane can be a good quarterback if we protect
King, who committed five turnovers last week in a 56-14 loss to
Alabama-Birmingham, stung the Bobcats with scoring tosses of 3
yards to Mike Miller and 26 to Margues Roberts. King hit 16 of 30
passes for 224 yards and was intercepted twice.
"I did better," King said. "I did some solid things. I'm
starting to feel more comfortable."
Freshman Chase Wasson led a late rally for Texas State (1-1)
with a 74-yard touchdown pass to K.R. Carpenter. He also engineered
a 73-yard drive ending with 7-yard scoring run by Douglass Sherman.
"I'm proud of Chase coming in here as a redshirt freshman,"
Wasson said. "There are no moral victories. We came out here
expecting to win, that's what we wanted and we're disappointed."
Wasson, starting his first college game, lost a fumble with 1:33
left after a hit by Justin Crooks. Maurice Linguist recovered at
the Bobcats' 30-yard line and Baylor ran out the clock.
Wasson hit 12 of 27 passes for 164 yards but was sacked five
Roberts' TD catch came with 10 seconds left and gave Baylor a
21-3 halftime lead. The score was set up by a 20-yard completion
from King to Dominque Zeigler.
Baylor's defense put the Bears ahead 7-0 early in the first
period. Lineman Montez Murphy batted a pitch by Wasson, and Crooks
scored after scooping up the ball on the 4-yard line.
Baylor holds a 6-0 all-time record against Texas State. The
Bobcats, of the Southland Conference, defeated Angelo State 45-10
in their opener.