WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor's C.J. Wilson talks a good game.
Against Northwestern State, Wilson showed he can play a good one,
Wilson, who candidly considers himself a Heisman contender and
believes Baylor can win a national title, intercepted two passes
and returned one for a touchdown as the Bears beat Northwestern
State 47-10 on Saturday night.
"I heard a lot of stuff about me talking too much," said
Wilson, who has three interceptions in two games. "But God can't
use cowards. I'm going to back it up."
Wilson's 52-yard interception return in the first quarter gave
Baylor (1-1) a 14-0 lead. On Northwestern State's first offensive
play of the game, Wilson picked off Ricky Joe Meeks to set up
Baylor's first score.
Wilson got some help from his offensive mates.
Baylor quarterback Shawn Bell matched a career-high with four
touchdown passes in the second game after implementing a
pass-oriented system this offseason.
He was 25-of-41 for a career-high 288 yards, as the Bears
bounced back from an opening loss to No. 23 TCU. Bell threw three
touchdowns in the second half.
"We just have to execute," Bell said. "In the first half we
weren't clicking as well. (Offensive coordinator Lee) Coach Hays
lit into us at halftime and we stepped up our game and came out
Division I-AA Northwestern State (0-2) was playing its second
straight Big 12 opponent on the road. The Demons lost to Kansas
49-18 last week.
The Demons hurt themselves with five turnovers and 20 penalties
for 139 yards.
"In the first half, I thought we came out good," Northwestern
State defensive end Ed Queen said. "They were all right, but we
beat ourselves with penalties and mistakes."
Meeks threw three interceptions before he was replaced by Roch
Charpentier with 9:23 left in the first half. Meeks returned to
start the second half.
Baylor was without top wide receiver Dominique Zeigler, who
injured his right shoulder in last week's loss to TCU.
But the Bears didn't need Zeigler, pouncing on the Demons early
thanks to Wilson's big plays.
One play after Wilson's first interception, Bell threw a 46-yard
touchdown pass to Trent Shelton that put the Bears on top 7-0.
Meeks floated a screen pass intended for Chris Miller. Wilson,
who led the Big 12 in interceptions last season, jumped in front of
Miller and went untouched into the end zone with 2:35 remaining in
the first quarter.
It was Wilson's first-career touchdown.
"As little kid I always wanted to score in a college game,"
Wilson said. "I didn't expect it to be like that but I'll take it.
Baylor kicker Ryan Havens had field goals of 45 and 35 yards.
Bell hit Shelton for 41 yards to set up Havens' 35-yard kick that
gave the Bears a 20-0 halftime lead.
Shelton caught nine passes for a career-high 158 yards.
Bell threw touchdown passes of eight and 15 yards to Trey Payne
-- the first scores of his career. Bell also hit Thomas White for a
11-yard TD pass early in the fourth.
"Glad to get a win," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "I got an
eyeball full of what our offense can do. It can strike quickly and
when it's hitting on all cylinders it's a wonder to see."
Meeks was 13-of-25 for 179 yards and a touchdown, and Derrick
Doyle caught four passes for 102 yards. Meeks was benched after
being picked off by Jake LaMar with 11 minutes remaining in the
He returned to start the second half and guided the Demons to
scores on their first two drives.
Meeks threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Miller, and Robert Weeks
kicked a 43-yard field goal.
Northwestern State was penalized 13 times for 96 yards in the
The Demons' troubles were epitomized in the second quarter. Over
a four-snap stretch, they were called for three false start
"We just come here, lie down and get 20 penalties,"
Northwestern State coach Scott Stoker said. "We just gave it away.