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Thursday Headlines...Kansas
4:10 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

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After starting the season 3-1 for the second consecutive season, the Baylor Bears open their eight-game Big 12 Conference schedule against the Kansas Jayhawks at home Saturday. Here's a look at some of the headlines from this week:

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What's Not in the Game Notes...Kansas
10:09 A.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

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No Xs and Os here. Every Wednesday during the 2010 football season, "This is Bear Country" Blog will take an unconventional (and somewhat random) look at Baylor's opposition that week. This week's 'What's Not in the Game Notes' focuses on the Bears' Big 12 Conference opener against the Kansas Jayhawks:

Baylor, which is 3-11 in Big 12 Conference openers, hosts the Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) in the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday. The Bears hold a 5-4 series advantage against the Jayhawks, but KU won the last series meeting in 2007. When Kansas visited Floyd Casey Stadium in 2006, sixth-year senior DB/KR Mikail Baker was a sophomore WR. Baker recorded a 15-yard reception in Baylor's 36-35 win over the Jayhawks. The Dallas, Texas, native is the only BU player from the 2005 and 2006 teams on the 2010 roster.

WHAT'S IN A NAME
Evolution of the Jayhawk
What's a Jayhawk, you ask? According to this, the origin of the Jayhawk is rooted in the historic struggles of Kansas settlers. The term "Jayhawk" was probably coined around 1848. The name combines two birds - the blue jay and the sparrow hawk. Read more on the Jayhawk name here.

COLOR SCHEME
Crimson and blue, the University of Kansas colors used since the early 1890s, are not the colors originally adopyed by the Board of Regents in the 1860s. The regents had decided to adopt the Michigan colors - maize and blue. Maize and blue were used at early oratorical meets and they may have been used when KU competed in rowing in the 1880s. However, when football started in 1890, the students wanted to use Harvard crimson as the athletic color in honor of Col. John J. McCook, a Harvard man, who had given money for an athletic field at Kansas.

Some Yale men on the faculty demanded that Yale blue be included. No one fought to retain the original colors. In May 1896, the KU Athletic Board adopted crimson and blue as the official school colors.

ROCK CHALK
The Rock Chalk chant, which has been the battle cry of Kansas fans for more than 100 years, was started by E.H.S. Bailey, a professor of chemistry. Wanting to start a cheer for his Science Club, Bailey and some associates patterned the yell after the rhythmic cadence of their train rolling along the tracks. On May 21, 1886, Baily submitted the chant: "Rah, Rah, Jay Hawk, K.U.". An English professor later suggested that "Rock Chalk" be substituted for "Rah, Rah" because it rhymed with Jayhawk and also because it would be symbolic of the chalky limestone formations found on Mount Oread.

"TUXEDO" TONY AND "THE KANSAS COMET"
In 1991, Kansas RB "Tuxedo" Tony Sands set an NCAA single-game record, rushing for 396 yards on 58 carries in a 53-29 win over Missouri in Lawrence. Twenty-eight years earlier, Hall of Fame HB Gale Sayers, nicknamed "The Kansas Comet", broke loos for a 99-yard run against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Including Sayers and Kansas' Eric Vann, only five backs have accomplished a 99-yard run in college football history.

BAYLOR CONNECTIONS (courtesy of Jerry Hill)
We can't take ALL the credit on this one...
Kansas has several Baylor connections: former graduate assistant Carl Torbush (now defensive coordinator/LBs coach at KU), former wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt (now co-offensive coordinator/WRs coach at KU) and former strength coach John Williams (Jayhawks' director of strength and conditioning). In addition, Baylor special teams coordinator/WRs coach Dino Babers and Kansas defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt were both assistants at Texas A&M in 2001 and 2002.

A non-football connection (thanks to Director of Athletic Communications Julie Bennett)...
Former Baylor WBB strenghth and conditioning coach Shaun McPherson also works with Kansas football and John Williams.

COMBINED WINS
During the 2007-08 football and basketball seasons, Kansas amassed a combined 49-4 record (12-1 in football, 37-3 in basketball), which is the most combined wins ever by an NCAA Division I program.

THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT
37 players on KU's 105-man roster hail from the Lone Star state. Thirty-five percent (35.2 percent to be exact) of the Jayhawks' roster are native Texans. Compare that to Baylor's 120-man roster: only 12 percent of Baylor's roster is not from Texas (14 out of 120).

NOTABLE ALUMNI
Five games into the season, Kansas - by far - has the longest list of notable alumni. Among them: Bud Adams (owner of the Tennessee Titans), Dr. James Naismith (invented sport of basketball in 1891), Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Gale Sayers, John Riggins, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and "Phog" Allen to name a few. And an honorary alumnus, Donald J. Hall Sr., who is former President and CEO of Hallmark Cards.

Baylor Athletics boasts one Kansas alumnus on staff - Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Kyle Cornish (2006).


Free Breakfast PLUS March of the Bears
4:28 P.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

The newest Baylor football tradition, March of the Bears, is becoming a favorite among Baylor fans, players and coaches. Be sure to join the Baylor Sports Network 2.5 hours before each home game to welcome Coach Art Briles and your Baylor Bears as they arrive at Floyd Casey Stadium.

The Bears will march through the tailgating area on their way to pre-game warmups. This Saturday, the Bears host the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools. With kickoff set for 11 a.m. on FSN, the March of the Bears will take place at 8:30 a.m. The Baylor Sports Network will be providing FREE - yes, free - BREAKFAST from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Baylor Sports Network tent.

Be a part of the fun. Cheer on your Baylor Bears along with Walter Abercrombie and other football greats, the Baylor Spirit Squads, fellow alumni and friends.


Bears in the NFL: Week 3
8:18 A.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

All 10 active former Baylor Bears saw action in Week 3, including Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant, who kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime for a 27-24 win. Both second-year RT Jason Smith (St. Louis) and rookie C J.D. Walton (Denver) have started all three games to start the season. Carolina rookie WR David Gettis hauled in career-best numbers for receptions (three) and yards (32) in the Panthers' loss to Cincinnati.

The Miami Dolphins, led by former Baylor PK and GM Jeff Ireland, are 2-1, while third-year head coach Mike Singletary and his San Francisco 49ers squad are still searching for their first win of 2010.

  Player
Week 2 Update
Season Update

Colin Allred, LB
Tennessee Titans
(2-1)
NFL Experience:
3rd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2001-05
Played
W, 29-10 at NYG
2 tackles

3 GP
4 tackles

Josh Bell, DB
Green Bay Packers
(2-0)
NFL Experience:
3rd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2005-07

DID NOT PLAY

HAS NOT PLAYED
Injured Reserve

Matt Bryant, PK
Atlanta Falcons
(2-1)
NFL Experience:
8th season
Lettered at Baylor:
1997-98

Played
W, 27-24 at NO (OT)
2/2 FG (long 46)
3/3 PAT
*Kicked game-winning FG in OT


3 GP
7/8 FG (long 49)
8/8 PAT

 

David Gettis, WR
Carolina Panthers
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
Rookie
Lettered at Baylor:
2006-09

Played
L, 7-20 vs. CIN
3 rec., 32 yards

3 GP
5 rec., 50 yards

Daniel Sepulveda, P
Pittsburgh Steelers
(2-0)
NFL Experience:
4th season
Lettered at Baylor:
2003-06
Played
W, 38-13 at TB
1 punt, 62.0 avg
Long 62
3 GP
14 punts
47.4 avg
Long 62

Jason Smith, RT
St. Louis Rams
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
2nd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2005-08
Started
W, 30-16 vs. WAS
No stats
3 GS
No stats

Justin Snow, LS
Indianapolis Colts
(1-1)
NFL Experience:
11th season
Lettered at Baylor:
1996-99
Played
W, 27-13 at DEN
No stats
3 GP
No stats

J.D. Walton, C
Denver Broncos
(1-1)
NFL Experience:
Rookie
Lettered at Baylor
: 2007-09
Started
L, 13-27 vs. IND
No stats
3 GS
No stats

Jonathan Weeks, LS
Houston Texans
(2-0)
NFL Experience:
Rookie
Lettered at Baylor:
2004-07
Played
L, 13-27 vs. DAL
No stats
3 GP
No stats

C.J. Wilson, DB
Carolina Panthers
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
4th season
Lettered at Baylor:
2003-06
Played
L, 7-20 vs. CIN
No stats

Re-signed on Sept. 17
2 GP
No stats

Dominique Zeigler, WR
San Francisco 49ers
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
2nd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2003-06
Played
L, 10-31 at KC
3 rec., 38 yards
3 GP
5 rec., 50 yards


Channel Guide: FSN
2:59 P.M., MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

Baylor's Big 12 Conference opener at home Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks will air live on FSN and FOX Sports Southwest with an 11 a.m. CDT kickoff. Bill Land (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (color analyst) and Emily Jones (sidelines reporter) will serve as the talent for the FSN telecast.

Saturday will mark the first of two consecutive weeks that Baylor will be featured on the 11 a.m. CDT national telecast by FSN. Earlier today, the Big 12 announced that the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout between Baylor and Texas Tech at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas will air on FSN at 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 9.

The national and Waco-area listings are listed below. For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local cable or satellite provider.

FSN LISTINGS
National satellite:
DirecTV (635, 636, 654, 659, 660, 663, 665, 667, 679, 692, 696), Dish Network (413, 415, 416, 417, 419, 423, 425, 428, 429, 430)
Cable (in Central Texas): Grande (27), Time Warner Cable (26)
For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local provider.


Day-After Reaction: Rice
11:57 A.M., SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010


Kendall Wright hauled in one of RG3's two 40+ yard TD passes Saturday night.

BEYOND THE NUMBERS: RECAPPING SATURDAY'S WIN
Recap
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Box Score | Quotes | Notes | Photo Gallery  | Highlights

After a 67-minute weather delay in Houston, Baylor scored 13 unanswered points to take a 20-3 lead that it would not relinquish en route to a 30-13 non-conference road win late Saturday night. Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III improved to 9-9 as Baylor's starting quarterback, throwing for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Griffin III, who passed former Baylor QB J.J. Joe as the school's career leader in touchdown responsibility, is responsible for 11 of Baylor's 12 touchdowns in 2010. RG3 connected on touchdown passes with three different receivers - Jerod Monk, Kendall Wright and Josh Gordon. Saturday's game did not end until after 11 p.m. and media members were still frantically filing their stories when the Baylor Athletic Communications staff left the Rice Press Box in the wee hours of Sunday morning (12:30 a.m., to be precise). Here's a look at day-after reaction following Baylor's 30-13 win at Rice:

A FEW FINAL NOTES
Baylor improved to 3-1 for the second consecutive season. ... Baylor is now 3-11 in road games under third-year head coach Art Briles, including a 2-2 non-conference record. ... Baylor is 10-for-12 in redzone opportunities in 2010 - four TDs, six FGs. ... Redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones is 8-of-10 on FGs this season, one shy of Baylor's team total for the entire 2009 season (9-of-14). ... Baylor's first scoring drive was the longest for players (11), yards (83) and time of possession (5:22) this season. ... Jerod Monk recorded his first receiving TD Saturday; he now has registered a touchdown three ways - rushing, receiving and passing. ... Robert Griffin III is 167-of-264 (60.9 percent) for 2,208 yards with 19 TDs and two INTs in 11 career non-conference games. ... For his performance Saturday night, Griffin III was awarded a Big 12 helmet sticker by ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben.


FB to Participate in Coach to Cure MD Program
3:25 P.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

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For the third year in a row, Baylor coaches will sport a "Coach to Cure MD" patch during Saturday's game vs. Rice in support of the Coach to Cure MD program. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than half a million dollars to battle Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

College football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Fans can donate by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).

Last year, more than 5,200 college coaches at 351 different institutions participated in the Coach to Cure MD event. Both those figures are well higher than the program's inaugural year in 2008, when 2,675 coaches from 207 schools took part.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.

"Coach to Cure MD is a tremendous cause for the sport of college football," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University. "The coaches' support during the last two seasons has been outstanding, and we aim for even more success this year. The AFCA is proud to be involved in such an important effort."

About the AFCA
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and is considered the primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition. The 10,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of head coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches from Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.

About PPMD
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. The organization's mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, advocacy, education and compassion. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.


A Canadian Battle in the Lone Star State
12:00 P.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: Saturday Channel Guide (CBSCS) | What's Not in the Game Notes


Baylor center Philip Blake, the No. 1-rated prospect in the 2011 CFL Draft, will be one of seven Canadians on the sideline Saturday at Rice Stadium.

When Baylor visits Rice Saturday, there will be a combined seven players on the sidelines that hail from our northern neighbor, Canada. Baylor boasts two starting offensive linemen: junior C Philip Blake (Toronto, Ontario) and senior LT Danny Watkins (Kelowna, British Columbia). Rice has three Canadians on the offensive side of the ball: senior OT Scott Mitchell (Ottawa, Ontario), sophomore TE Luke Willson (La Salle, Ontario) and junior OT Stefan Nazar (Toronto, Ontario). Redshirt freshmen Hosam Shahin (Richmond, British Columbia) and Tolu Aikinwumi (Brampton, Ontario) round out the Owls' Canadian contingent.

PROVINCIAL COUNT
Ontario:
5 (Rice 4, Baylor 1)
British Columbia: 2 (Rice 1, Baylor 1)

CANADA'S TOP PROSPECTS
Saturday's showdown between former Southwest Conference rivals will feature the top two prospects for the 2011 Canadian Football League Draft. Last week, the CFL's Scouting Bureau released its Top 15 prospects for the 2011 CFL Draft and Baylor center Philip Blake was projected as the No. 1 prospect. Rice starting tackle Scott Mitchell ranks as the No. 2 prospect for the 2011 CFL Draft. Last May, fellow Canadian Danny Watkins was selected fourth overall by the British Columbia Lions in the 2010 CFL Draft.


Thursday Headlines...Rice
10:15 A.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: Saturday Channel Guide (CBSCS) | What's Not in the Game Notes

For the second consecutive week, Baylor is preparing for another road test against a former Southwest Conference rival. This week, the Bears head to Houston to face the Rice Owls. Here's a look at this week's headlines:

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Channel Guide: CBS College Sports
9:57 A.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Baylor's non-conference game Saturday at former Southwest Conference rival Rice will air live on CBS College Sports with a 7 p.m. CDT kickoff. Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Aaron Taylor (color analyst) will serve as the on-air talent for the CBS College Sports telecast. Bios for the CBS College Sports broadcast team can be found here.

Baylor-Rice is the second half of an all-Texas doubleheader on CBS College Sports. Across town, Tulane and Houston will square off at 2:30 p.m.

The national and Waco-area listings are listed below. For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local cable or satellite provider.

CBS COLLEGE SPORTS LISTINGS
National satellite:
DirecTV (613), Dish Network (152)
Cable (in Central Texas): Grande (223), Time Warner Cable (435)
For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local provider.


What's Not in the Game Notes...Rice
10:59 A.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

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No Xs and Os here. Every Wednesday during the 2010 football season, "This is Bear Country" Blog will take an unconventional (and somewhat random) look at Baylor's opposition that week. This week's 'What's Not in the Game Notes' focuses on another former Southwest Conference rival, the Rice Owls:

Former Southwest Conference rivals Baylor and Rice will meet for the 78th time Saturday in Houston. Winners of four straight against Rice, Baylor leads the series 45-30-2. Baylor is 25-20-2 all-time at Rice and has won seven of the last eight meetings in Houston. Since 1974, Baylor holds an 18-5 series advantage over Rice.

WHAT'S IN A NAME, PART I
Until 1960, Rice University was known as Rice Institute, or more formally, as the William Marsh Rice Institute of Literature, Science and Art. William Marsh Rice, a Massachusetts-born merchant and businessman who made the bulk of his fortune in Houston, had willed the original endowment for the institute in 1891. After a lengthy legal battle, Rice's dream of creating Houston's first university came to fruition in 1912.

WHAT'S IN A NAME, PART II (courtesy of the 2008 Rice Football Media Guide)
Rice's mascot, the owl, derives from the university's heraldic shield. The designer of the crest noted that the arms of several families named Houston and Rice both "had chevrons of the avian charges" and he adapted those for Rice Institute. In the official RU shield, a double chevron divides the field, and the charges are the Owls of Athena as they appear on a small ancient Greek coin.

COLOR SCHEME
Rice's first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, chose the university's official colors in 1912 - "a blue still deeper than the Oxford blue" and "the Confederate gray, enlivened by a tinge of lavender." According to RiceOwls.com, it has been suggested that blue and gray were chosen in recognition of the fact that Rice's founder amassed much of the fortune that formed the initial endowment of the Rice Institute by trading with both the North and the South during the Civil War.

SAMMY
An early symbol of Rice's athletic teams was a large canvas owl. In 1917, students from Texas A&M kidnapped the owl and Rice students pooled their resources to hire a private detective to find the missing mascot in College Station. After the detective recovered the owl, he sent a coded telegram to Houston that read "Sammy is fairly well and would like to see his parents at 11 o'clock."

THE MOB
THE MOB is Rice University's 'Marching Owl Band'...that doesn't march.

THE HOST OF MANY
Rice Stadium, which opened in 1950, will celebrate its 60th birthday this weekend against the Bears. In the opening game on Sept. 30, 1950, Rice defeated Santa Clara 27-7. Rice Stadium (1974) is only one of three college campus stadiums still in operation to host the Super Bowl, joining Stanford Stadium (1985) and Sun Devil Stadium (1996). Tulane Stadium (1970, 1972, 1975) hosted three Super Bowls before it was torn down in the mid 1970s.

At various times, Rice Stadium has served as the home stadium for the Bluebonnet Bowl, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and the NFL's Houston Oilers.

COACH HEISMAN
John Heisman
, for whom the coveted Heisman Trophy is named, concluded his remarkable coaching career as Rice Institute head coach from 1924-27. In 1927, he retired at age 62. While he posted just a 14-18-3 record in four seasons at Rice, his most impressive coaching reign was with Georgia Tech (1904-1919). Heisman was head coach of the Golden Tornado (then Engineers, now Yellow Jackets) in the most lopsided game in college football history - a 222-0 victory over Cumberland College.

THE TACKLE HEARD 'ROUND COLLEGE FOOTBALL
In the 1954 Cotton Bowl against Alabama, Rice HB Dickey Maegle was involved in one of college football's most famous plays. With Rice leading 7-6, Maegle took the hand-off from Rice's 5-yard line and was running down the sideline in front of Alabama's bench on his way to a touchdown. Without putting on his helmet, Alabama's Tommy Lewis jumped off the bench and tackled Maegle (around the :43 mark). Seeing what happened, referee Cliff Shaw awarded the touchdown and Rice would later win the game.

NOTABLE ALUMNI
Rice's list of alumni reads like a "Who's Who" in the professional ranks. For the second consecutive week, Baylor's opponent boasts a famous Wacoan in professional sports. Last week, it was TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson. This week, it's New York Yankess 1B Lance Berkman.


Bears in the NFL: Week 2
11:09 A.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

All 10 active former Baylor Bears saw action in Week 2, including Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant, who accounted for 11 points (2/2 FG, 5/5 PAT), and Carolina Panthers WR David Gettis, who recorded the first reception of his NFL career in a 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay. Including Green Bay Packers DB Josh Bell who is currently on Injured Reserve, the 11 former Baylor Bears are a combined 10-12 after the season's first two weeks.

  Player
Week 2 Update
Season Update

Colin Allred, LB
Tennessee Titans
(1-1)
NFL Experience:
3rd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2001-05
Played
L, 11-19 vs. Pittsburgh
2 tackles

2 GP
2 tackles

Josh Bell, DB
Green Bay Packers
(2-0)
NFL Experience:
3rd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2005-07

DID NOT PLAY

HAS NOT PLAYED
Injured Reserve

Matt Bryant, PK
Atlanta Falcons
(1-1)
NFL Experience:
8th season
Lettered at Baylor:
1997-98

Played
W, 41-7 vs. Arizona
2/2 FG (long 35)
5/5 PAT


2 GP
5/6 FG (long 49)
5/5 PAT

 

David Gettis, WR
Carolina Panthers
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
Rookie
Lettered at Baylor:
2006-09

Played
L, 7-20 vs. Tampa Bay
2 rec., 18 yards

2 GP
2 rec., 18 yards

Daniel Sepulveda, P
Pittsburgh Steelers
(2-0)
NFL Experience:
4th season
Lettered at Baylor:
2003-06
Played
W, 19-11 at Tennessee
8 punts, 43.5 avg
Long 59
2 GP
13 punts
46.3 avg
Long 59

Jason Smith, RT
St. Louis Rams
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
2nd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2005-08
Started
L, 14-16 at Oakland
No stats
2 GS
No stats

Justin Snow, LS
Indianapolis Colts
(1-1)
NFL Experience:
11th season
Lettered at Baylor:
1996-99
Played
W, 38-14 vs. NY Giants
No stats
2 GP
No stats

J.D. Walton, C
Denver Broncos
(1-1)
NFL Experience:
Rookie
Lettered at Baylor
: 2007-09
Started
W, 31-14 vs. Seattle
No stats
2 GS
No stats

Jonathan Weeks, LS
Houston Texans
(2-0)
NFL Experience:
Rookie
Lettered at Baylor:
2004-07
Played
W, 30-27 at Washington
No stats
2 GP
No stats

C.J. Wilson, DB
Carolina Panthers
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
4th season
Lettered at Baylor:
2003-06
Played
L, 7-20 vs. Tampa Bay
No stats

Re-signed on Sept. 17
1 GP
No stats

Dominique Zeigler, WR
San Francisco 49ers
(0-2)
NFL Experience:
2nd season
Lettered at Baylor:
2003-06
Played
L, 22-25 vs. New Orleans
1 rec., 2 yards
2 GP
2 rec., 12 yards


A Year in the Life of Robert Griffin III
11:28 A.M., MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

RELATED BLOG: "A View From the Hill"
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Baylor sophomore QB Robert Griffin III is featured on the cover of the Fall 2010 edition of NCAA Champion magazine. RG3 is also the subject of a feature called 'A Year in the Life' on NCAA.org. Baylor fans from coast to coast can follow RG3 on the field and off the field throughout the year.

The first installment of 'A Year in the Life' debuted this week, including a video introduction that premiered on Inside Baylor Sports this past Sunday.


ESPN: Baylor Has a Chance to Prove Mettle Saturday
11:07 A.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

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Robert Griffin III, Arizona's Nick Foles and Clemson's Kyle Parker on ESPN.com Friday.

Baylor sophomore QB Robert Griffin III is grabbing the attention of college football analysts nationwide, including ESPN.com's Rece Davis. Griffin III is one of three dual-threat QBs Davis highlights in his College GameDay Kickoff: Week 3 Preview Friday. Here's what Davis had to say about RG3 and the Baylor Bears:

Fast quarterbacks are all the rage. There's Taylor Martinez at Nebraska and the maize and blue blur that is Denard Robinson, but Baylor's Robert Griffin III likely has a step on all of them. He'll need it to run past TCU's defense.

Baylor had its eye set on a bowl game last season before losing Griffin III to a knee injury. (RG3) hasn't had to show off that track speed a lot this season, but he will need to if the Bears are to knock off the Horned Frogs.

TCU always takes the in-state Texas battles personally. But it is an odd twist that TCU is the big dog -- or should I say big Frog? -- in this matchup against the Big 12's Bears. Gary Patterson has established a name brand at TCU. The old wounds of being left out of the Big 12 when the SWC formed have been largely soothed by 11-plus win seasons in five of the past seven years and a BCS bowl berth.

Baylor has long since forgotten the Alamo, which was its last bowl trip -- in 1994. The Bears, and their electrifying quarterback, could establish major credibility with an upset of the Frogs. By the way, I wouldn't count on Baylor still being among those that haven't allowed a touchdown after this weekend.

By the way, ESPN College Football analyst Robert Smith also says to keep an eye on RG3 (last 30 seconds of video clip).


Friday News and Notes
9:40 A.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: Saturday Channel Guide (Versus) | What's Not in the Game Notes | Headlines

FRIDAY HEADLINES (READ THURSDAY HEADLINES)

O'BRIEN WATCH LIST CANDIDATES GO HEAD-TO-HEAD
There will be four games Saturday featuring head-to-head matchups between 2010 Davey O'Brien Award Watch List candidates, including Baylor's Robert Griffin III and TCU's Andy Dalton. Griffin III ranks 13th nationally in total offense (312.5 yards/gm) and 55th in passing efficiency (134.47), while Dalton ranks 54th in passing efficiency (134.56) and 55th in total offense (222.0).

BAYLOR, A CFL HOTBED
The Canadian Football League's Scouting Bureau released its Top 15 prospects for the 2011 CFL Draft Thursday. The projected No. 1 prospect is Baylor center Philip Blake, a native of Toronto. Last May, fellow Canadian Danny Watkins was selected fourth overall by the British Columbia Lions in the 2010 CFL Draft.

Former Baylor Bears currently in the CFL include DE Montez Murphy (Saskatchewan Roughriders, practice squad) and RB Brandon Whitaker (Montreal Alouettes, practice squad).

FORMER BEARS IN THE UFL
In addition to Baylor's nine active players in the NFL, two former Bears are also playing in the United Football League. Both Willie Andrews and Dan Gay are playing for the Omaha Nighthawks.


Thursday Headlines...TCU
9:45 A.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: Saturday Channel Guide (Versus) | What's Not in the Game Notes

As Baylor prepares for its first road game of the season at No. 4 TCU, media throughout Central Texas and the Metroplex are talking about the former Southwest Conference rivals meeting on the field Saturday. Here's a look at this week's headlines:

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What's Not in the Game Notes...TCU
12:13 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

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No Xs and Os here. Every Wednesday during the 2010 football season, "This is Bear Country" Blog will take an unconventional (and somewhat random) look at Baylor's opposition that week. This week's 'What's Not in the Game Notes' focuses on former Southwest Conference rival, the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs:

Former Southwest Conference rivals Baylor and fourth-ranked TCU will meet on the gridiron Saturday for the 106th time in the series and only the third time since 1995. Saturday's game will feature an impressive quarterback battle between Baylor's Robert Griffin III and TCU's Andy Dalton. Griffin III ranks 13th nationally in total offense (312.5 yards/gm) and 55th in passing efficiency (134.47). Dalton ranks 54th in passing efficiency (134.56) and 55th in total offense (222.0). TCU (2-0), which is ranked in both polls, has won 15 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2008 season. TCU ranks in the top 20 nationally in five major categories -- total defense (8th), rushing offense (10th), scoring offense (14th), pass defense (18th) and rushing defense (20th). The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in six of the last eight seasons under Gary Patterson.

WHAT'S IN A NAME, PART I
The Horned Frog has been TCU's macot longer than TCU has been the university's name. Four students helped make the decision in 1897, when...

WHAT'S IN A NAME, PART II
AddRan Christian University (renamed in 1902) was located in Waco. Founded as AddRan Male & Female College in 1873, TCU was located in Waco from 1895-1910. TCU relocated to downtown Fort Worth in 1910 when the Waco facility burned, and opened three new buildings on the present campus in 1911.

WHAT'S IN A NAME, PART III
ESPN has previously named the Horned Frog as the nation's No. 1 mascot. SuperFrog was one of 12 finalists in the 2009 Capital One All-America Mascot Challenge.

A COMMON THEME
TCU (1896) and Baylor (1899) both won its first college football game. The Horned Frogs defeated Toby's Business College 8-6...Three years later, Baylor also defeated Toby's Business College for its first win - a 20-0 outcome. At one time, all three schools - TCU, Baylor and Toby's - were located in Waco.

THIS IS ACTUALLY IN TCU'S GAME NOTES
TCU's total enrollment of 8,487 is 60-percent female; TCU has just 3,695 male students. With approximately 120 players on the football roster, 3.2 percent of all males at TCU are on the sideline in uniform during home games. If Ohio State had the same ratio of male students on the football team, the Buckeye roster would have over 1,000 players.

IT'S A SELLOUT
On Tuesday, TCU announced that Saturday's game is sold out. A limited number of standing-room only tickets - at $15 each, are available online at www.GoFrogs.com and at the TCU Athletics Ticket Office. Click the above link for more details.

ONE OF A KIND 10
TCU is one of 10 schools with Nike Pro Combat uniforms for the 2010 season. TCU (2009 uniform) is joined by Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Alabama, Miami, Oregon State, West Virginia, Pitt, Florida and Boise State.

NOTABLE ALUMNI
TCU's list of famous alumni includes Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bob Lilly, NFL running back and Waco native LaDainian Tomlinson, Miss Texas 2000 Tara Watson and the late Price is Right announcer Rod Roddy.

REPRESENTING IN THE NFL
TCU has 11 former players currently active in the NFL, including New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Baylor has nine former players in the NFL, including Denver starting center J.D. Walton and Pittsburgh Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda.

SCOUTING SATURDAY
Not only will Saturday's game will be a full house at Amon G. Carter Stadium, but there will also be a large contingent of NFL scouting personnel in attendance. According to Chris Steuber of NFLDraftScout.com, scouts representing Chicago, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Indianapolis, New England, Seattle and Tennessee will be at Saturday's game.


Channel Guide: Versus/Versus HD
12:33 P.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

Baylor's non-conference game Saturday against former Southwest Conference rival and fourth-ranked TCU will air live on Versus and Versus HD with a 3:30 p.m. CDT kickoff. Joe Beninati (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (color analyst) and Lindsay Soto (sideline reporter) will serve as the on-air talent for the VS telecast.

The national and Waco-area listings are listed below. For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local cable or satellite provider.

VERSUS/VERSUS HD LISTINGS
National satellite:
DirecTV (603), Dish Network (151)
Cable (in Central Texas): Grande (23), Time Warner Cable (125)
HD Cable in Central Texas: Grande (424), Time Warner Cable (1047)
For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local provider.


Monday Morning News and Notes
11:17 A.M., MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010


Chris McAllister and the Baylor defense have not allowed a touchdown this season.

After securing its first 2-0 start to the season since 2005, Baylor visits former Southwest Conference rival and fourth-ranked TCU Saturday in Fort Worth. Saturday's game will mark just the third series meeting since Baylor joined the Big 12 in 1996. Prior to head coach Art Briles' weekly press conference, here are some news and notes to start your Monday...

BAYLOR AMONG TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES IN LATEST AP TOP 25
Baylor is among 23 teams receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. Baylor was one of four teams with one point, joining Boston College, N.C. State and Northwestern. It marks the second consecutive season that Baylor has received votes in at least one AP Top 25 poll. Last season, Baylor received 15 points in the second AP Top 25 poll after defeating Wake Forest 24-21 in the 2009 season opener in Winston-Salem, N.C.

RG3, MANNING AWARD STAR OF THE WEEK
Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III is one of five players currently on the Manning Award Watch List that earned Star of the Week honors after his performance against Buffalo. Griffin III tallied a career-best 297 passing yards and ran for two scores to lead BU to a 34-6 win. The other Manning Award Star of the Week were Jerrod Johnson (Texas A&M), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas).

BAYLOR DEFENSE IN SELECT COMPANY
Baylor's defense hasn't allowed a touchdown through the first two games of the 2010 season. The Bears ranks third nationally in scoring defense, allowing 4.5 points per game. When it comes to allowing - or in this case, not allowing - a touchdown, Baylor is on a short list...Baylor, No. 1 Alabama and No. 24 Arizona are the only three FBS defenses (120 FBS schools) that have yet to give up a touchdown through two games.

HISTORY SPEAKS
For the first time in 50 years, Baylor has opened a football season by giving up fewer than 10 points in its first two games. The Bears last accomplished the feat in 1960, with victories over Colorado (26-0) and LSU (7-3) to start an 8-3 season.


Day-After Reaction: Buffalo
11:55 A.M., SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010


Willie Jefferson celebrates after a 43-yard touchdown reception Saturday.

BEYOND THE NUMBERS: RECAPPING SATURDAY'S WIN
Recap
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Box Score | Quotes | Notes | Photo Gallery  | Highlights

One way or another, Robert Griffin III was responsible for all four Baylor's touchdowns Saturday against the Buffalo Bulls - two through the air and two on the ground. Griffin III threw for a career-high 297 yards and added 27 more on the ground to lead Baylor to a 34-6 win over Buffalo. Baylor is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2005. Baylor held Buffalo to two field goals and has yet to allow a touchdown in 2010, outscoring the opposition 68-9. Spirits are high after Baylor's two impressive wins to the start the season. Here's a look at the Sunday Headlines around Central Texas:

A FEW FINAL NOTES
Baylor is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2005. ... Baylor has not allowed a touchdown in 2010, outscoring the opposition, 68-9. ... With Saturday's attendance of 40,853, it marks back-to-back games with crowds of 40,000+ to open a home schedule for the first time since 1995 -- 42,316 vs. Mississippi State and 40,882 vs. Texas Tech) and just the third time in Floyd Casey Stadium's 61-year history (1975, 1995, 2010) that the Bears have opened the season with two crowds of 40,000+. ... The 83,674 fans to attend Baylor's first two home games marks the second-highest total behind the 89,900 (43,600 vs. Ole Miss and 46,300 vs. Auburn in 1975) that attended the first two home games of the 1975 home season. ... Robert Griffin III became the 29th 1,000-yard rusher - and first 1,000-yard rushing QB - in Baylor history. ... He now has 18 career rushing touchdowns - tied for the most by a Baylor QB and the sixth-most in school history.


A Well-Traveled BU Flag Returns to Waco
10:31 A.M., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010

Saturday is HOMETOWN HEROES DAY at Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium. We commented Friday on the list of special events and tributes planned before and during the game, including Baylor's camouflage helmets, which were featured on The UniWatch Blog this morning. Baylor fans will get to witness another special ceremony during Saturday's game...

Astronaut Charles O. Hobaugh (pictured, left) was the commander of STS-129 (Nov. 16-29, 2009), one of the final space shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

The mission, which featured three spacewalks, was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits. In his possession during the entire mission was a Baylor flag, which he will present to Baylor President Ken Starr today. Commander Hobaugh will be joined on the field today by his wife Corrina and children Stephanie (a Baylor junior), Nicholas, Rachel and Dustin.


Friday News and Notes
11:33 A.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: Photo Gallery | What's Not in the Game Notes | Thursday Headlines

In recognition of Sept. 11, Baylor's home football game Saturday against Buffalo will serve as HOMETOWN HEROES DAY. Among the events and tributes planned for Saturday's game:

  • Baylor Athletics has distributed tickets to first responders, hospital workers and military members throughout Cental Texas;
  • Elementary school students in China Spring, Midway and Robinson ISDs were provided with one coupon good for a ticket to Saturday's game;
  • Baylor will observe a moment of silence to remember its hometown heroes and those affected by the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001;
  • Hometown heroes will be honored throughout the game;
  • On the field, the Baylor football team will wear special one-time helmets featuring a camouflage BU (side view | back view), while the coaching staff will wear special camouflage hats.

FRIDAY HEADLINES

FRIDAY NOTEBOOK
QTI-Powers will be giving away 20,000 "Rise Up" writing pens prior to Saturday's home game against the Buffalo Bulls. It's also PARENTS WEEKEND at Baylor; be sure to read Jerry Hill's (A View From the Hill) Parents Weekend Tribute: Proud Papa Norwood - with embedded video courtesy of Sic 'Em Sports Productions.

Thursday Headlines...Buffalo
12:11 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: What's Not in the Game Notes (Wednesday)

'Countdown to Kickoff' for Baylor's home game Saturday is nearing the 48-hour mark. Here's a look at what everyone is saying about the Bears' second game of the season against the Buffalo Bulls...


What's Not in the Game Notes...Buffalo
1:22 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010

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No Xs and Os here. Every Wednesday during the 2010 football season, "This is Bear Country" Blog will take an unconventional (and somewhat random) look at Baylor's opposition that week. This week's 'What's Not in the Game Notes' focuses on Baylor's second non-conference foe, the Buffalo Bulls:

For starters, Buffalo is a part of the State University of New York system, which consists of 64 campuses throughout the state of New York. And it's not the University of Buffalo; it's the University at Buffalo (short for SUNY at Buffalo). Buffalo has been playing football since 1894 (five years before Baylor fielded a team), but has only been playing at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level (formerly I-A) since 1999. Jeff Quinn, who is in his first season as Buffalo head coach, won his head coaching debut 31-0 over Rhode Island last week.

WHAT'S IN A NAME
Prior to 1931, UB's athletic teams were known as the "Bisons". However in 1931, local pro teams adopt the "Bison" nickname (currently the Buffalo Bisons of the AAA International League). In return, UB changes its nickname to the "Bulls".

BULL MARKET
In 109 seasons of Baylor football, the Bears have played only two teams with the nickname 'Bulls' - Buffalo and South Florida. Baylor is 2-0 all-time against the Bulls - 1-0 vs. Buffalo (a 34-21 win in 2007) and 1-0 vs. USF (a 28-13 win in 2000).

FROM UB TO POTUS
The University at Buffalo was founded as a medical school in 1846 and the private school was known as the University of Buffalo until 1962. UB's founder and first chancellor was Millard Fillmore, who served from 1846-1874. Fillmore later served as the 12th Vice President of the United States (March 1849-July 1850) and the 13th President of the United Status (July 1850-March 1853).

IT'S ALL RELATIVE
This is actually in Buffalo's game notes:
Several Bulls have interesting family ties. Junior RB Brandon Thermilus is the son of NFL running back Alonzo Highsmith. Junior TE Kyle Brey is the son of Notre Dame head men's basketball coach Mike Brey. Redshirt freshman RB Branden Oliver is the cousin of Buffalo Bills WR Roscoe Parrish. Redshirt freshman CB Carlos Lammons is the cousin of Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin.

A LONE STAR HOMECOMING
Another UB game note: Buffalo has eight players on its roster that hail from the Lone Star State - DB Alan Hayes (Houston/Northland Christian), WR Terrell Jackson (Temple/Temple HS), LB Ray Anthony Long (Houston/Nimitz HS), DL Terry Peden (Houston/Langham Creek HS), RB Brandon Thermilus (Flower Mound/Marcus HS), DB Josh Thomas (Cedar Hill/Cedar Hill HS), OL Graham Whinery (Arlington/Martin HS) and WR Ed Young (Fort Worth/Eastern Hills HS).

NOTABLE ALUMNI
Journalist and host of CNN's The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer is one of Buffalo's most famous alums, graduating from UB in 1970. Baylor's Athletic Department boasts one Buffalo alumna of its staff - assistant volleyball coach Candice O'Brien (UB 1997).

1958 LAMBERT CUP AND TANGERINE BOWL
In 1958, (then known as) the University of Buffalo finished the regular season 8-1 and was awarded the Lambert Cup as the best small-school program in the eastern U.S. Team co-captains Nick Bottini and Lou Reale received the trophy during a Sunday night broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show. A few days later, the Bulls were invited to face Florida State in the 13th annual Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. - the schools only bowl bid until the 2009 International Bowl. However, the players opted not to go. Read ESPN's Outside the Lines story, "All or Nothing".

BUFFALO'S RETURN TO DIVISION I
Ten years after moving up to University Division status (now known as NCAA Division I), 1970 was Buffalo's last season of "major" football. In 1971, financial problems forced the school to drop the program. The program is later reinstated in 1977 at the Division III level. The Bulls returned to Division I in 1993 and later moved to to Division I-A in football (now FBS) as a member of the Mid-American Conference in 1999. A decade after its first FBS season, Buffalo wins the 2008 MAC Championship, finishing 8-6 and earning a trip to the International Bowl in Toronto - the first bowl appearance in school history.


Channel Guide: FOX College Sports
8:47 A.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010

Baylor's non-conference game Saturday against the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference will air live on FOX College Sports Central with a 6:10 p.m. CDT kickoff. Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (color analyst) and Samantha Steele (sideline reporter) will serve as the on-air talent for the FCS telecast.

The national and Waco-area listings are below and there's an online "channel finder" on the FCS website where you can enter your zip code and provider to locate the FCS channel in your area.

FCS CENTRAL
National satellite:
DirecTV channel 617
Cable (in Central Texas): Time Warner Cable channel 430, Grande Cable channel 227
Internet Protocal TV (IPTV): Verizon FiOS channel 301, AT&T Uverse channel 648
For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local provider.


Status Update: Former Bears in the NFL
11:25 A.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010


Former Baylor All-American linebacker Joe Pawelek was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad.

Just two days after being cut by Seattle, the Seahawks signed former Baylor All-American linebacker and undrafted free agent Joe Pawelek to their practice squad Monday.

Over the weekend, Carolina cut CB C.J. Wilson, who played in 15 games over three seasons with the Panthers. WR David Gettis, who was drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, made Carolina's 53-man roster.

Another former Baylor wide receiver will be on an opening-day roster. WR Dominique Zeigler has made the 53-man roster for the San Francisco 49ers.

DE Jason Lamb and OT Dan Gay IV were among the final cuts made the New York Jets Saturday. CB Josh Bell is on the Green Bay Packers' injured reserve list.

In all, nine former Baylor Bears will be on 53-man opening-day rosters throughout the NFL, including C J.D. Walton, who is projected to be Denver's starting center:

Player, Position
NFL Team
Jason Smith, RT St. Louis Rams
Dominique Zeigler, WR
San Francisco 49ers
Matt Bryant, PK
Atlanta Falcons
Daniel Sepulveda, P Pittsburgh Steelers
Jon Weeks, LS Houston Texans
Justin Snow, TE Indianpolis Colts
Colin Allred, LB Tennessee Titans
J.D. Walton, C Denver Broncos
David Gettis, WR Carolina Panthers


Day-After Reaction: Sam Houston State
11:26 A.M., SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2010


Robert Griffin III threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns, while running for a third score in Baylor's 34-3 season-opening victory over Sam Houston State Saturday.

BEYOND THE NUMBERS: RECAPPING SATURDAY'S WIN
Recap
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Box Score | Quotes | Notes | Photo Gallery  | Highlights

Nearly one year after his 2009 season ended with a knee injury, sophomore QB Robert Griffin III made his triumphant return to the field Saturday, leading the Bears to a resounding 34-3 victory over Sam Houston State. Saturday's attendance of 42,821 was the third-largest opening-day crowd in the 61-year history of Floyd Casey Stadium. After the Bears won their first home opener since 2007, Baylor is receiving rave reviews one day after its 31-point victory. Here's a look at the Sunday Headlines around Central Texas:

ONE FINAL NOTE
The Baylor Athletic Ticket Office (located inside the Ferrell Center) is open Monday (Labor Day), from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday's home game against Buffalo at the Ticket Office, online at www.BaylorBears.com or by calling (254) 710-1000. Saturday's game is also Parents Weekend so be sure to get your tickets now!

Countdown to Kickoff...What You Need to Know Before Saturday
11:03 A.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010

One more day. As the Countdown to Kickoff nears the 24-hour mark, there are plenty of things going on before, during and after Saturday's season-opener against Sam Houston State. Below, we offer a rundown of Saturday's highlights.

Don't forget to check out This is Bear Country's What's Not in the Game Notes: Sam Houston State edition for an unconventional (and somewhat) random preview of the Bears' first opponent.

And, if you can't make it to the Case on Saturday, you can listen to all the action on 1660 ESPN or log onto www.BaylorBears.com for free audio. Fans can also follow the action via Gametracker or BaylorBears.com's Live In-Game Blog.


BU Alum David Crowder to Debut New Single 'Rise Up' Saturday
6:15 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010

After hearing Baylor Football's "Rise Up" commercials this summer, Baylor alumnus and award-winning recording artist David Crowder was inspired to not only write but record a new song, also titled "Rise Up."

Crowder offered the song to Baylor, and fans at Floyd Casey Stadium this fall will hear it as the Bears take the field immediately prior to each game. "Rise Up" debuts during Baylor's home opener Sept. 4, and Crowder will make the song available as a free download just for Bear fans.

Fans can download the song after the Baylor, Sam Houston State game at BaylorBears.com/RiseUp.


Thursday Headlines...Sam Houston State
12:17 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010

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RELATED CONTENT: What's Not in the Game Notes (Wednesday)

As anticipation of Baylor's 2010 season opener increases rapidly, let's take a look at what everyone is saying about Saturday's showdown between the Bears and the Sam Houston State Bearkats...


What's Not in the Game Notes...Sam Houston State
11:58 A.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

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No Xs and Os here. Every Wednesday during the 2010 football season, "This is Bear Country" Blog will take an unconventional (and somewhat random) look at Baylor's opposition that week. This week's 'What's Not in the Game Notes' focuses on Baylor's season-opening opponent, Sam Houston State:

Separated by a mere 135 miles, Baylor and Sam Houston State will meet on the football field this weekend for only the third time. When SHSU fielded its first athletic team in 1906, the Bears had been playing football for seven seasons (Baylor did not field a team in 1906). By the time Sam Houston State played its first football game in 1912, Baylor was three years away from its first Southwest Conference title in football (1915).

WHAT'S IN A NAME
Sam Houston State's athletic teams have been nicknamed the "Bearkats" since 1923 when the university's named was changed by the state legislature from Sam Houston Normal to Sam Houston State Teachers College. Throughout the years, early spellings included Bearcats, Bear Cats or Bearkats. And, a Bearkat is not a Kinkajou or a Binturong.

BEARKATS WITH A 'K', NOT A 'C'
Cincinnati has the Bearcats. Sam Houston has the Bearkats. Perahps adding more confusion: Cincinnati's official athletics site is www.GoBearcats.com and Sam Houston State's is www.GoBearkats.com.

TEXAS-SIZED ROSTERS
Of the 67 players listed on Sam Houston State's roster for Saturday's game, 11 hail from somewhere outside the state of Texas. In comparison, of the 120 players on Baylor's roster, only 14 are not from the state of Texas.

NOTABLE ALUMNI
Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather is one of Sam Houston State's most famous alums. Baylor's Athletic Department boasts two SHSU alums on its staff - first-year competitive cheer Head Coach Karry Forsythe (SHSU 1999) and Coordinator of New Media (athletic communications) Brad Sheffield (SHSU 2006).

BATTLE OF THE HALLS
Sam Houston State's historic Austin Hall is the oldest continuously-used state-owned higher education facility west of the Mississippi River. Earlier this year, Baylor's Waco Hall, which opened in 1930, turned 80 years old.

BATTLE OF THE 'BATTLES'
Both Baylor and Sam Houston State are part of two of the oldest rivalries in the state of Texas. Baylor's annual rivalry with Texas A&M is called the "Battle of the Brazos"; Sam Houston State's yearly showdown with fellow Southland Conference member Stephen F. Austin is known as the "Battle of the Piney Woods".

OLD SCHOOL
Founded in 1879, Sam Houston State is the third-oldest public university in Texas and the fifth-oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the state. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest, continually operating university in the state.


Robert Griffin III is Baylor's 'Big Man on Campus'
9:07 A.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

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Screen capture of Robert Griffin III on ESPN.com's CFB front page

ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben followed Baylor sophomore QB Robert Griffin III around for a day last month. From start to finish, read Ubben's story on how much RG3 means not only to the Baylor football team and the University, but the city of Waco, as well.

 

 

 

 

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