C.J. Wilson intercepts a pass for a first-quarter touchdown. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
Sept. 9, 2006
WACO, Texas (AP) -- C.J. Wilson intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown, and Shawn Bell threw four touchdown passes to lead Baylor to a 47-10 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday night.
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.
Bell was 25-of-41 for a career-high 288 yards, as the Bears bounced back from a loss to No. 23 TCU in their first game with a new pass-oriented offense. The four touchdown passes also matched Bell's career-best.
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.
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 No. 23 TCU.
But the Bears didn't need Zeigler, jumping 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, picked off his third pass in two games as he jumped in front of Miller and went untouched into the end zone with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter.
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.
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 La Mar 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.