7:00 PM ET, September 9, 2006
Floyd Casey Stadium, WACO, TX
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor's C.J. Wilson talks a good game. Against Northwestern State, Wilson showed he can play a good one, too.
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 firing."
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.
"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 first half.
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 first half.
The Demons' troubles were epitomized in the second quarter. Over a four-snap stretch, they were called for three false start penalties.
"We just come here, lie down and get 20 penalties," Northwestern State coach Scott Stoker said. "We just gave it away. It's frustrating."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||4-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|TD||12:11||TRENT SHELTON 46 YD PASS FROM SHAWN BELL (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||2:35||C.J. WILSON 52 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (RYAN HAVENS KICK)||0||14|
|FG||6:20||RYAN HAVENS 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 15 yards.
|FG||0:00||RYAN HAVENS 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||9:09||CHRIS MILLER 10 YD PASS FROM RICKY JOE MEEKS (ROBERT WEEKS KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||7:22||TREY PAYNE 8 YD PASS FROM SHAWN BELL (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yards.
|FG||5:12||ROBERT WEEKS 43 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||13:27||TREY PAYNE 15 YD PASS FROM SHAWN BELL (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||10:40||THOMAS WHITE 11 YD PASS FROM SHAWN BELL (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||3:35||THOMAS WHITE 27 YD PASS FROM BLAKE SZYMANSKI (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 22 yards.