Sept. 24, 2011
17/19 BAYLOR (3-0) 56, RICE (1-2) 31
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM • WACO, TEXAS
SEPT. 24, 2011 • ATTENDANCE: 40,088
• Baylor is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2005 — the 15th 3-0 start in school history.
• Baylor is 72-39-2 all-time as a ranked team, including a 22-7-0 record against non-conference opponents.
• Baylor is 6-3 in non-conference games against former Southwest Conference (non-Big 12) rivals, improving to 3-0 vs. Rice since 1996.
• Baylor leads the all-time series, 47-30-2, and has won the last six meetings. Baylor is 21-10 at home vs. Rice.
• Baylor’s 56 points are the most scored by either team in the 79-game series, which dates back to 1914.
• With Saturday’s attendance of 40,088, it marked the third time in the 62-year history of Floyd Casey Stadium that Baylor has drawn three straight 40,000+ crowds to open the season (1975 — Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas; 1995 — Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M).
• Baylor scored 40+ points in three consecutive games for the first time in school history.
• Baylor’s 21 first-quarter points are tied for the fourth-most points scored in a single quarter in school history. It was the first time Baylor scored 21 points in the first quarter since 2007 against Rice.
• Baylor’s 56 points are tied for the 10th-most scored in a single game in school history. It was the most scored by a Baylor team since the Bears scored 68 vs. Northwestern State in 2009.
• Baylor has trailed in time possession in five straight games, dating back to the Oklahoma game last season.
• Baylor is 13-3 when Robert Griffin III throws for two or more touchdowns (10-1 since freshman year).
• Baylor’s 655 yards of total offense are the fourth-most in school history and the most since setting the school record (683) against Kansas State in 2010.
• Baylor had two 100-yard receivers for second time this season (Wright/T. Williams vs. TCU; Wright/Reese vs. Rice).
• QB Robert Griffin III set his 41st school record, becoming the Baylor career completions leader. RG3 surpassed Shawn Bell (559) and now has 579 career completions.
• Griffin III set his 42nd school record, establishing a Baylor single-game record for completion percentage (minimum 30 attempts) — 87.9 percent (29-of-33).
• Griffin III moved up to 10th place in school history with 1,722 career rushing yards.
• Griffin III has thrown 143 consecutive attempts without an interception.
• Griffin III surpassed the 300-yard passing mark for the sixth time in his career, throwing for 338 yards.
• Griffin III is now 70-of-82 on the season (85.4 completion percentage) with 13 TDs and 0 INT (13 passing TDs, 12 incomplete passes).
• Griffin III improved to 16-14 all-time as Baylor’s starting quarterback, moving into a second-place tie with Jeff Watson (1994-97).
• Griffin III has thrown 33 TDs and only two INTs in 16 career non-conference games.
• Griffin III threw a career-high-tying five touchdowns — all to different receivers.
• Griffin III scored his 24th career rushing TD, tying him with Walter Abercrombie for third all-time in school history.
• Griffin III tossed three first-quarter TD passes, becoming the first Baylor QB to complete 3+ TD passes in a quarter since Blake Szymanski threw three first-quarter scores against Rice in 2007.
• IR Kendall Wright has recorded a reception in all 40 games of his career.
• With his first-quarter score, Wright set the Baylor school record with his 20th career TD reception.
• Wright recorded his school-record 13th career 100-yard receiving game, hauling in 108 yards on 11 receptions.
• Wright recorded his fifth career game with 10+ receptions.
• Wright moved into fifth place on Baylor’s career all-purpose yardage list. Wright passed former teammate Jay Finley and now has 3,141 career all-purpose yards.
• IR Tevin Reese posted his career-first 100-yard receiving game (106) and his career-first receiving TD.
• NB Ahmad Dixon recorded his career-first interception, returning it 55 yards for a TD. It was Baylor’s first INT returned for a TD since Tim Atchison’s 14-yard score vs. Kansas in 2010.
• Dixon tallied a career-high nine tackles.
• IR Clay Fuller and IR Levi Norwood each recorded their career-first receptions.
• PK Aaron Jones moved up to seventh place in school history in both career PAT kicks made (65) and PAT kicks attempted (68).