Press Box Preview: The 106th Battle of the Brazos
7:15 A.M., FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009
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Saturday is the 106th meeting between Baylor and Texas A&M in football, the most-played series in Baylor football history. The Aggies hold a 65-31-9 advantage, which dates back to a 33-0 A&M victory in 1899. Texas A&M also leads the series 30-10-3 in games playing in College Station. Baylor won last season's contest 41-21 in Waco and is 2-3 vs. A&M over the last five years, dating to an overtime victory in 2004 (A&M won in 2005, 2006 and 2007).
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Baylor Quote of the Week
"We definitely have to get a win for bowl eligibility. There's a great atmosphere down at Texas A&M at Kyle Field, it's exciting for us. We took care of business last year and we have to come out and work hard this week and take it down to College Station with us." - Baylor C J.D. Walton, on importance of Saturday's game
What Texas A&M is Saying about the Bears
The 5-5 Texas A&M Aggies held their weekly press conference Monday morning in College Station.
Meet the Press, A&M Edition: Coach Mike Sherman | Audio (Sherman) | Audio (Jerrod Johnson)
"Obviously there's no one like Robert (Griffin) that can run football (like he does) I think in college football. They don't run the quarterback quite as much. They'll spread you out in some empty and they'll probably do a little more of that. They're throwing the ball very well. (Nick Florence) has really matured and grown up in system, and is getting the ball out quick." - Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman
"I remember they schemed us pretty well. They always tried to disguise what they were doing by moving around right before the ball snapped." - Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson, on Baylor's defense last year
"I know they want to throw it. Right now they've had some success throwing the ball. They're coming off a tough game against Texas, but I know they want to spread the ball around and get it to their athletes." - Texas A&M DB Jordan Pugh
"This week we face an offense from Baylor that's a combination of three or four things that we've seen throughout the year. Baylor does a great job with their formations. They'll empty the backfield on you probably more than most teams will. They do a good job of throwing screens and get the ball to their wideouts exceptionally well. They are a good offensive football team. The most important thing is we go to practice every day this week and get better. I think our challenge this week is not to worry about who we're facing but to worry about how we're doing." - Texas A&M assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Joe Kines, on Baylor
Baylor's "KW" Decal Honoring Kyle Woods
3:30 P.M. TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2009
While on the topic of helmet decals we need to be sure to recognize the season-long decal Baylor players have sported in 2009 bearing the initials KW in a black circle. That decal is in memory of former letterwinner Kyle Woods, who passed away in April at the age of 49.
Woods, who originally sustained an injury during a 1979 practice, had a heart attack last March and never regained consciousness.
Kyle's determination and faith following his injury famously inspired his teammates and coaches during the 1979 Peach Bowl championship season and the undefeated 1980 Southwest Conference title campaign.
Bears Fall In Home Finale, Fort Hood Hero Honored
3:45 P.M. MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009
Baylor dropped a 47-14 decision Saturday to No. 2 Texas in the final home game at Floyd Casey Stadium this season, but thanks to the many fans who came out to support the Bears through the ups-and-downs of this home season. We saw big wins and tough losses, great weather and a pretty salty rainstorm.
The highlight of Saturday was the opportunity the Baylor family had to extend a hand of thanks and support to nearby Fort Hood. The University issued 1,000 free tickets to personnel from the base as well as welcoming one of the Fort Hood police heroes, Senior Sgt. Mark Todd (pictured at left with Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw).
Sgt. Todd took part in the pregame coin toss and was later recognized on the field during a timeout with a standing ovation.
The Bears also honored Fort Hood with a helmet decal (photo above) that will be worn the remainder of the season.