Limited Tix Remain For Saturday's Senior Finale
Less than 1,500 tickets remain for Saturday's 11 a.m. game vs. No. 2 Texas. Tickets can be purchased here, or by calling 254-710-1000 or 1-800-BAYLORU.
Saturday's game will be the last at Floyd Casey Stadium for 19 Baylor seniors, including All-America Joe Pawelek and All-Big 12 honorees Jordan Lake, Jason Lamb and J.D. Walton. They join Justin Akers, James Barnard, Carter Brunelle, Trey Bryant, Casey Cooper, David Gettis, Chris Griesenbeck, Antonio Jones, Andrew Judy, Jeremy Sanders, Sam Sledge, Ernest Smith, Dary Stone, Blake Szymanski and Jeremy Williams.
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Saluting All Veterans - Like Former Bear Freeman
Today is a day to honor all veterans of this great country, including those with ties to Baylor University and this football program. Here is a link to a great article on former defensive end Leon Freeman, who served three years in the US Army as part of Bravo Company 1-41 Infantry and fought in Iraq before joining the Baylor football program. The article, by Jeff Brown, was originally written for the Baylor Gameday program and later published in the Baylor Magazine.
Last week, freshman QB Nick Florence threw for a school-record 427 yards to lead Baylor to its first Big 12 win of the season with a 40-32 upset at Mizzou. The win snapped Baylor's four-game losing streak and his record-setting performance earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Bears return to Floyd Casey Stadium to host No. 2 Texas in their home finale which will kick at 11:10 a.m. CST and will be televised live nationally on FSN.
Baylor Quote of the Week
"Jordan Lake is as good a safety as there is in the country..." - Texas head coach Mack Brown
"I think (Baylor is) definitely a solid team and (has) a great defense. With coach (Art) Briles coming in, they've been a new team and have playing really well. So we are going to have to be as prepared as possible and execute well." - Texas WR Jordan Shipley
"(Baylor is) really fast. I know (David) Gettis is a track guy and (Kendall) Wright is a track guy...They get the ball really deep and I know (Nick Florence) is really accurate..." - Texas DT Lamarr Houston, on Baylor's team speed
"(Baylor) beat Missouri 40-32. Missouri isn't a bad team by any measure and that proves a lot for Baylor when they throw up 40 points on a good defense." - Texas DT Lamarr Houston, on Baylor this season
Another Florence Honor / Thanks For "Smooth"
We failed to mention another honor given to Nick Florence following Saturday's win. The rookie earned an "ESPN.com Big 12 Helmet Sticker" from blogger Tim Griffin.
We failed to give a shoutout to some extra mojo Saturday brought by former Bear Jason "Smooth" Smith, who was in the house (and on the sidelines) at Faurot Field in Columbia cheering the Bears to victory [pictured at left offering support to the BU offensive line Saturday].
Smooth became a household name last year when following an All-America senior season he was drafted No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Saturday's game, during the Rams' bye weekend, was Smooth's first Baylor game since he joined the NFL.
"Big 12 Upset Of The Season"
In his Monday blog, ESPN.com Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin called Baylor's win at Missouri the "Big 12 upset of the season."
And BaylorBears.com's own Justin Cange, alumnus and author of the "Cuttin' in the Baylor Line" blog, was in attendance at the memorable win. And he wrote about the game in this week's entry, titled "Road Trip For The Ages."
Highlights From Missouri Win
In case you haven't seen highlights from Saturday's non-televised upset, here are some courtesy of Inside Baylor Sports:
Big Win Saturday, Florence Honored By Big 12
The Bears notched an impressive 40-32 upset victory at Missouri Saturday that garned attention from many, including the Columbia Daily Tribune, which published a story Sunday titled: "With QB Florence, Bears not dead yet."
Speaking of the rookie quarterback, Nick Florence - in just his fifth career start - put on a passing clinic in Columbia to lead the Bears to the win. The true freshman broke the school passing yardage record (threw for 427 yards, besting the previous record of 412 set by teammate Blake Szymanski vs. Rice in 2007) and accounted for four touchdowns - a career-high three passing and one rushing.
For his efforts, Florence was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.