It was a victory Baylor didn't celebrate. The Bears rallied past Sam Houston State in the second half Saturday night in Waco, Tex., to win, 13-9, but Coach Grant Teaff left the field in tears because of the death of offensive lineman John Karkoska 10 minutes before kickoff.
Teaff knew Karkoska had died at a nearby hospital, but most of the team didn't. The coach spoke with the team for 30 minutes in a closed dressing room, then went to the hospital.
Ray Covington, a Baylor team physician, said six medical specialists treating the 19-year-old couldn't determine exact cause of death, but said he had "total system failure." Covington said the death was caused by "an underlying condition" such as a viral infection. Karkoska, a 6-foot-2, 286-pound redshirt freshman from Aldine, Tex., was running wind sprints when he collapsed Sept. 13. . . .
In Kirksville, Mo., an autopsy was ordered for a Northeast Missouri State football player who collapsed on the sidelines and died Saturday. Linebacker Derringer Cade, 20, had just sacked the Southwest Baptist quarterback when he collapsed. He died a short time later at a Bolivar, Mo., hospital. Cade had no history of medical problems, assistant coach John Ware said.
"They aren't definite on anything yet, but the cause of death is believed to be an extremely high level of glucose in the blood," said school spokesman Mark Richter. "This was attributed possibly to an undiagnosed case of diabetes."