Sept. 2, 2012
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RV/RV BAYLOR (1-0) 59, SMU (0-1) 24
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM WACO, TEXAS
SEPT. 2, 2012 ATTENDANCE: 43,514
Baylor has now won seven consecutive games overall, the second-longest streak nationally (TCU 8).
Baylor has also won eight consecutive home games, tied for the fourth-longest active streak nationally (Northern Illinois 15, Michigan State 14, Arkansas 11, Michigan 8).
Baylor won its fourth consecutive season opener under fifth-year head coach Art Briles.
Baylor has now won 10 consecutive games over SMU, with the last loss coming by way of a 27-21 defeat in Waco on Oct. 11, 1986.
Baylor evens the all-time series with SMU at 36-36-7, and 18-18-3 in Waco.
Friday marked the 63rd season of Floyd Casey Stadium as home of Baylor football. BU is 174-145-5 (.544) all-time at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Baylor is 43-20 in Floyd Casey Stadium home openers -- 11-6 in the Big 12 era and 3-2 under Briles.
Baylor is 7-3 in non-conference games against former Southwest Conference (non-Big 12) rivals.
Baylor is 72-35-4 all-time in season openers, including an 8-9 mark in the Big 12 era, and 4-1 in the Briles era.
Sunday's attendance of 43,514 ranks as the fourth-largest opening-day crowd in Floyd Casey Stadium history, and is the largest to ever see the Bears play the Mustangs in Waco (previous high was 36,900 in 1986).
Baylor's win gives the Big 12 Conference a perfect 9-0 weekend, making it the only conference in FBS to go undefeated.
With Eddie Lackey's interception in the second quarter, Baylor improved its forced turnover streak to 14 consecutive games.
Mike Hicks' 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the first Baylor defensive touchdown since Joe Williams' 90-yard interception return against Texas Tech on Nov. 26, 2011 and first BU fumble return touchdown since Tevin Elliott's 86-yarder against Iowa State on Oct. 8, 2011.
Baylor has now scored 30-plus points in seven consecutive games, tied for the fourth-longest active streak nationally. The Bears have also scored over 40 points in five consecutive games.
Baylor posted 638 yards of offense, its eighth consecutive game with more than 500 and the sixth time in the last eight games with at least 600.
With three forced turnovers Sunday, Baylor has forced at least two turnovers in six consecutive games, and at least three in five of the last six. The Bears have 21 total turnovers in those six games.
QB Nick Florence threw for a career-high four touchdowns, eclipsing his previous best of three against Missouri on Nov. 7, 2009.
Florence eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the second time in his career, throwing for 341 yards in three quarters of play.
WR Terrance Williams totaled 138 yards receiving, his sixth-career 100-yard receiving game.
Williams moved into eighth all-time at Baylor in career receiving yards with 1,660.
IR Levi Norwood posted a career-high four receptions for a career-high 50 yards.
Norwood returned a third-quarter punt for a career-long 37 yards.
LB Bryce Hager tallied a game-leading and career-high 14 tackles.
WR Lanear Sampson's first-quarter touchdown catch moved his reception streak to 31 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak nationally.
Sampson also had his first-career two-touchdown game with his second TD catch of the day, a 36-yarder in the third quarter.
Sampson moved into ninth all-time at Baylor with 118 career receptions, and into 15th all-time with 1,328 career receiving yards.
C Ivory Wade made his team-leading 34th-career start on Sunday.
IR Tevin Reese's first-quarter reception marked his 24th straight game with at least one catch, the 11th-longest active streak nationally.
Reese moved into 14th all-time at Baylor with 1,346 career receiving yards.
TE Jordan Najvar's five-yard TD reception in the first quarter marked the second straight season with a TD catch in the season opener.
LB Eddie Lackey made his first-career interception in the second quarter, picking off SMU's QB Garrett Gilbert at the Baylor 2 yard line.
K Aaron Jones made a 44-yard field goal to end the first half, marking the seventh-career time he has made a field goal to end the first half (00:00).
S Mike Hicks returned a fumble 66 yards for his first-career touchdown in the third quarter, his fifth career INT.
S Sam Holl made his fourth-career interception in the third quarter.
Reserve QB Bryce Petty threw his first-career touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 37-yard strike to newcomer Darryl Stonum.
WR Stonum caught his first TD pass as a Bear, and the seventh of his career after catching six for Michigan from 2008-10.
Five Baylor players made their first-career starts on Sunday: Trevor Clemons-Valdez (NG), Spencer Drango (LT), Demetri Goodson (CB), Bryce Hager (MLB), Eddie Lackey (WLB) and Glasco Martin (RB).
Twenty Baylor players made their first-career appearances on Sunday: Josh Benenoch (DB), Beau Blackshear (DT), Terrell Burt (CB), Trevor Clemons-Valdez (NG), Pat Colbert (OL), Tuswani Copeland (CB), Spencer Drango (LT), Desmine Hilliard (OL), Eddie Lackey (WLB), Kolton Lye (K), Javonte Magee (DL), Suleiman Masumbuko (DL), Terrance Nathan (IR), Kelvin Palmer (OL), Kevin Park (DE), Lache Seastrunk (RB), Collin Simpson (DB), Darryl Stonum (WR), Anthony Webb (DB) and Chris Winkler (K).