Sept. 4, 2010
BAYLOR (1-0) 34, SAM HOUSTON STATE (0-1) 3
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM WACO, TEXAS
SEPT. 4, 2010 ATTENDANCE: 42,821
Baylor has won all three series meetings with Sam Houston State.
Saturday marked the 61st season of Floyd Casey Stadium as home of Baylor football. BU improved to 171-142-5 (.546) all-time at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Baylor won its first home opener since 2007 (42-17 over Rice).
Baylor is 41-20 in Floyd Casey Stadium home openers -- 9-6 in the Big 12 era and 1-2 under third-year head coach Art Briles.
Saturday's attendance of 42,821 is the third-largest opening-day crowd -- and largest crowd for Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) opponent -- in Floyd Casey Stadium history.
Baylor is 24-2 (.923) all-time against current FCS competition, including a combined 18-1 (.947) record against the Southland Conference.
Baylor improved its record to 7-7 at home in the Briles era.
Baylor is 8-3 under Briles when leading at the half.
Since 2001, Baylor is 23-2 (.920) when scoring at least 30 points.
Baylor has won 12 consecutive games when reaching the 30-point plateau.
Baylor held an opponent scoreless in the first half for the first time since 2006 against Northwestern State.
Saturday's win snapped Baylor's three-game home losing streak -- the Bears' first home win since Kent State in 2009.
Baylor held an opponent to less than 200 yards total offense for the first time since 2008 against Northwestern State (190).
Saturday marked the returns of QB Robert Griffin III and KR Mikail Baker, who were playing in their first game since suffering season-ending knee injuries against Northwestern State on Sept. 26, 2009.
Griffin III's 68-yard TD pass to TE Brad Taylor in the first quarter was a career-long for both Griffin III (completion) and Taylor (reception).
Griffin III's 68-yard TD pass was the longest TD pass in the Briles era and the longest TD completion since Blake Szymanski's 68-yard TD pass to David Gettis at Texas A&M (Sept. 29, 2007).
Griffin III's 30-yard TD run in the first quarter was his first rushing score since a 1-yard TD run against UConn in Sept. 19, 2009.
Griffin III passed Larry Isbell (2,650) and Jay Jeffrey (2,739) for 13th place on Baylor's career list with 2,814 passing yards.
Griffin III has been responsible for 37 touchdowns in his career -- tied for fourth-most in school history.
Griffin III has attempted 107 consecutive passes without throwing an interception. RG3's last interception came Nov. 29, 2008, in the fourth quarter of a 35-28 loss at Texas Tech.
Derek Epperson passed Buzzy Sawyer (170) for seventh place on Baylor's career list with 173 punts.
Terrance Williams recorded his career-first TD reception, a 23-yard pass from Griffin III mid-way through the second quarter.
PK Aaron Jones connected on a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, his career-first FGM.
With his 51 yards Saturday, Jay Finley moved into 15th place on Baylor's list with 1,493 career rushing yards.
IR Kendall Wright passed former teammate Gettis for eighth place on Baylor's career list with 119 receptions.
Wright has at least one reception in each game of his career (25 games).
DE Tevin Elliott recorded a team-high eight tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one sack in his first career game.
S Byron Landor tied a career high with seven tackles, while recording a career-high two TFLs.
LT Danny Watkins has started in all 13 career games at Baylor.
Six players made their career-first starts Saturday -- LB Elliot Coffey, LB Chris Francis, DE Terrance Lloyd, DE Gary Mason Jr., RG Robert T. Griffin and WR Terrance Williams.