3:05 PM ET, October 23, 2004
Floyd Casey Stadium, WACO, TX
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Stevie Hicks finally scored after 260 career carries and 300-pound defensive tackle Brent Curvey rumbled 65 yards with Iowa State's first fumble return for a touchdown in eight years.
But those weren't the most important streak-enders Saturday for the Cyclones, who snapped their 13-game Big 12 losing streak.
Hicks scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard run with 41 seconds left and Iowa State won 26-25 at Baylor, which took over the league's longest streak of futility with its 11th straight loss.
"Anytime you're struggling a little bit and get a win, it's big for the kids," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said. "There wasn't one ounce of quit."
The winning touchdown came on the 10th play of an 80-yard drive right after Baylor had regained the lead. Hicks, who already had 1,008 yards rushing in his 1½ seasons with the Cyclones (3-4, 1-3 Big 12), took a pitch right and swept into the end zone for his first career touchdown.
"I didn't think it would be like that, but it was fun," said Hicks, who finished with 49 yards on 11 carries. "I thought about doing a little dance, but I saw Curvey get a penalty, so I stopped in the middle."
There was plenty to celebrate.
Iowa State hadn't won a conference game since beating Missouri 42-35 on Nov. 2, 2002. A few weeks after that, the Cyclones -- who had a winning overall record that season -- went to their third straight bowl game.
Todd Blythe tied a Cyclones' single-season record with his eighth touchdown catch, and had a 46-yard gain on the final drive.
Baylor (2-5, 0-4) has lost 11 straight Big 12 games since coach Guy Morriss won his conference debut over Colorado last October. The previous 10 had been by an average margin of 39 points.
"The losing gets more tiring each week," Morriss said. "We don't get the feeling that we are playing not to lose. We just have not figured out how to finish off an opponent and get a win."
The Bears outgained Iowa State by almost 200 total yards (450-257), but were hurt by four fumbles, a missed field goal, a missed extra point and several ill-timed penalties -- two of the game-deciding drive.
Iowa State faced third-and-14 on its final drive when cornerback James Todd was called for pass interference against Blythe, who then had his 46-yard catch to the Baylor 22. On fourth-and-1 from the 13, Baylor was offsides.
Two plays later, the Bears brought a heavy blitz on what was an option play and got to Bret Meyer. But the quarterback was able to get off the pitch, and Hicks grabbed it with one hand and ran into the end zone.
Curvey's touchdown came early in the fourth quarter, when the ball bounced right into his hands after Tyson Smith blindsided quarterback Shawn Bell. It was the first fumble return for a touchdown by the Cyclones since 1996.
"It just happened to pop up right in my hands. I got in stride and picked up it," Curvey said. "I can't get caught, that's what I was thinking."
Even though he was exhausted, he didn't get caught. And he still had enough energy left to jump into the end zone with a half-turn of his body, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Iowa State's lead was just 20-18 after Braelon Davis intercepted the 2-point conversion pass and returned it 100 yards for two Baylor points.
Anthony Krieg's 1-yard TD run with 4:58 left gave Baylor a 25-20 lead. Paul Mosley, who finished with 100 yards on 20 carries, had gained the first 39 yards of the drive on six straight runs before Krieg scored.
Blythe's 22-yard TD catch from Meyer between two defenders capped the opening drive of the second half and snapped the 7-7 halftime tie. The freshman tied the school record held by Ty Watley (1997) and Tracey Henderson (1983).
Baylor then drove 81 yards in seven plays for Dane King's 16-yard TD pass to Dominique Zeigler, but didn't tie the game when Kenny Webb's extra-point attempt bounced off the right upright. It was his first miss in 43 career PAT attempts.
Webb, whose 37-yard attempt at the end of the first half was blocked, ended the next drive with an 18-yard field goal for a 16-14 lead.
"There will be bumps and bruises along the way, but we are getting on the same page," said King, who completed 29 of 37 passes for 289 yards. "We just have to keep on going."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-13||10-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-2|
|TD||8:17||TERRANCE PARKS 1 YD RUN (KENNY WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||4:18||JASON SCALES 1 YD RUN (BRET CULBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 91 yards.
|TD||11:24||TODD BLYTHE 22 YD PASS FROM BRET MEYER (BRET CULBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||8:02||DOMINIQUE ZEIGLER 16 YD PASS FROM DANE KING (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 81 yards.
|FG||3:37||KENNY WEBB 18 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||12:35||BRENT CURVEY 65 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (FAILED 2PT PASS)||20||16|
|TD||4:58||ANTHONY KRIEG 1 YD RUN (KENNY WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yards.
|TD||0:41||STEVIE HICKS 5 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.