Baylor 42, Rice 17

Sept. 8, 2007

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2007 BAYLOR FOOTBALL          Sept. 8, 2007


BAYLOR (2-0) 42, RICE (0-2) 17

Floyd Casey Stadium    Waco, Texas

Attendance:  29,107



• Baylor leads the all-time series 45-30-1, including a 20-10 advantage in games played in Waco.

• This was the teams' first meeting in football since 1995, the final season of the Southwest Conference.

• This is only the second time Baylor and Rice have ever met as non-Southwest Conference opponents. The other time was their first-ever meeting, a 14-13 Rice victory at Houston in 1914.

• Baylor is 15-15 all-time on the second Saturday of September, including a 3-2 mark all-time on Sept. 8.

• Baylor is 118-61-2 all-time in September, including a 9-6 mark under head coach Guy Morriss.

• Baylor is 10-3 when leading at halftime under Morriss.

• Baylor is 10-10 in night games under Morriss.

• Baylor is 11-20 on artificial turf under Morriss.

• Baylor is 11-14 in green jerseys under Morriss, 3-4 in gold pants, 3-4 in green-on-gold and 11-23 in gold helmets.



• Baylor scored three touchdowns in the first quarter for the first time since Sept. 21, 2002.

• Baylor's 21 points tied for the third-highest scoring first quarter in Baylor football history.

• It tied for the 14th-highest scoring quarter (any period) in Baylor history.

• It was the ninth time in school history that Baylor scored at least 21 points in a first quarter.

• It was the first time Baylor has ever recorded three TD passes in a first quarter.

• It was the sixth time in school history that Baylor has scored at least three offensive touchdowns in a first quarter.

• The last time Baylor had three touchdowns in any quarter was last season against Kansas (fourth quarter ... Shawn Bell three touchdown passes).

• Baylor established single-game school records for yards passing and touchdown passes.

• Baylor has forced at least one turnover in 22 of its last 25 games.

• 12 different Baylor players caught a pass.



• Three different Baylor players recorded their first career touchdown receptions:  IR Justin Akers, IR Brad Taylor and WR Ernest Smith.

• QB Blake Szymanski became the first quarterback in Baylor history to record four touchdowns in a half. Jeff Watson had four touchdown passes after halftime in the Bears' 1996 game against Missouri, but one was in overtime.

• Szymanski established a single-game Baylor record with six touchdown passes. The mark previously was held by Shawn Bell, who had five against Kansas last season.

• Szymanski established a single-game Baylor record with 412 yards passing, recording the first 400-yard passing game in Baylor history. The record previously was held by Shawn Bell, who had 395 yards against Kansas last season.

• Szymanski tied the school record for touchdowns responsible for. Jonathan Golden also had six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) against Samford in 2002.

• Szymanski recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career. It was the 18th 300-yard game in Baylor history. Szymanski is the 11th quarterback in school history to throw for 300 yards in a game.

• Szymanski is the first quarterback to record six touchdown passes against Rice since Houston's David Klingler had seven against the Owls in 1992.

• Szymanski's 29 completions is tied for the sixth-best single-game total in Baylor history and was a career high.

• IR Brad Taylor established career highs for receptions and yards receiving.

• WR Luke La Mar recorded his first career reception.



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