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Football Opens 2011 Season vs. No. 14 TCU





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NR/NR Baylor (0-0) vs. 14/15 TCU (0-0)
Sept. 2, 2011 | 7:06 p.m. CDT
Waco, Texas
| Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: ESPN/ESPN3.com
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date / Time: Fri., Sept. 2, 2011 / 7:06 p.m. CDT
Site: Waco, Texas / Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: ESPN/ESPN3.com
      Talent: Joe Tessitore (pxp), Rod Gilmore (analyst), Samantha Steele (sideline)
Radio: Baylor-IMG College / ESPN Central Texas | 2011 Radio Affiliates
      Talent: John Morris (pxp), J.J. Joe (analyst), Ricky Thompson (sideline)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91 / XM 91
Live Stats/In-Game Blog: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: twitter.com/BUFootball
Series: TCU leads, 50-49-7
      Waco: BU leads, 32-29-5
      Fort Worth: TCU leads, 21-17-1
      Neutral: Tied, 0-0-1
      First Meeting: 1899 -- Tie, 0-0
      Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2010 -- TCU, 45-10

BAYLOR BEARS
Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big 12 (7-6, 4-4 Big 12 in 2010)
Ranking: NR -- AP, NR -- Coaches
Last Game: Dec. 29, 2010, in Texas Bowl (lost to Illinois, 38-14)
Head Coach: Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
      Career Record: 49-50 (9th season)
      BU Record: 15-22 (4th season)
      vs. TCU: 0-3

TCU HORNED FROGS
Record: 0-0, 0-0 MWC (13-0, 8-0 MWC in 2010)
Ranking: 14 -- AP, 15 -- Coaches
Last Game: Jan. 1, 2011, in Rose Bowl defeated Wisconsin, 21-19
Head Coach: Gary Patterson (Kansas State, 1983)
      Career Record: 98-28 (11th season)
      TCU Record: Same
      vs. BU: 3-0

STORY LINES
• A year after snapping its 16-year bowl drought with a Texas Bowl berth, Baylor opens its most anticipated season in recent memory Friday against defending Rose Bowl champion and No. 14 TCU on ESPN (7:06 p.m. CT).
• Baylor and TCU will meet for the 107th time Friday. TCU owns a slim margin in the all-time series, 50-49-7, and the Bears have lost the last three series meetings. Prior to Baylor and TCU leaving the Southwest Conference in 1996, the series with the Horned Frogs had been played continuously for 71 years (with the exception of World War II) as conference rivals.
• Baylor is TCU's most-played rivalry, while the TCU series is the second-most-played in Baylor history. Friday will be just the fourth series meeting since the Southwest Conference disbanded.
• Baylor's 2011 schedule includes seven home games -- tied for the most in Floyd Casey Stadium history. Baylor has played seven home games six previous times -- 1977, 1992, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008.
• Year four of the Art Briles era features the return of Baylor's dynamic, high-powered offense led by 2011 Heisman Trophy candidate Robert Griffin III. RG3, the school's career leader in passing yards and TDs, threw for a school-record 3,501 yards in 2010 and is on pace to own every major school passing record by season's end.
• Joining Griffin III on the offensive side is All-American and Biletnikoff Award candidate Kendall Wright, who ranks third in school history with 2,341 receiving yards. Wright, the Baylor leader with 194 career receptions, is also on pace to own every major school receiving record this season.
• Baylor's 2010 offense was as balanced as it was powerful. On the season, the Bears had 471 pass attempts and 468 rushing carries. Additionally, Baylor was one of three schools in 2010 to rank in the top 25 nationally in both passing (19th, 280.7 ypg) and rushing (24th, 194.6 ypg) offense (along with Boise State and Tulsa).
• The biggest change for Baylor in 2011 was the hiring of defensive coordinator Phil Bennett to re-tool the Bears' defense. A 32-year coaching veteran who has served as defensive coordinator at eight schools and was head coach at SMU for six seasons, he has coordinated defenses in the Big East, Big 12, SEC, Big Ten and Big Eight.

NATIONAL TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Friday's 2011 season opener against former Southwest Conference rival and 14th-ranked TCU will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Samantha Steele (sideline reporter) will serve as the talent for the ESPN telecast.
• Baylor's season opener will appear on national TV for the fifth time in the last six seasons -- 2006 vs. TCU (FSN), 2007 at TCU (CSTV), 2008 vs. Wake Forest (FSN) and 2009 at Wake Forest (ABC).

QUICK HITS
• Baylor is 70-35-4 all-time in season openers, including a 6-9 mark in the Big 12 era (since 1996). Baylor is 2-1 in season openers in the Art Briles era, including victories in each of its last two season openers (2009 at Wake Forest, 2010 vs. Sam Houston State).
• The 2011 season marks the 62nd season of Floyd Casey Stadium as the home of Baylor football. Baylor is a 41-20 in FCS home openers -- 9-6 in the Big 12 era and 1-2 under Briles.
• Friday marks the eighth time Baylor and TCU will meet in a season opener. Baylor is 1-4-2 all-time vs. TCU in season openers with its lone win (12-0) coming Oct. 3, 1903, in Waco.
• Baylor is 41-165-6 all-time vs. ranked opponents; 3-51 in the Big 12 era (since 1996) vs. ranked opponents; 26-145-5 when unranked and playing a ranked opponent.
• Baylor's last win over a ranked opponent was at home Oct. 30, 2004, a 35-34 double OT triumph over No. 16 Texas A&M.
• Baylor is 2-10 all-time on the ESPN family of networks. Baylor's only win on ESPN came in 1986, a home win over Houston.
• Baylor is 9-17 in televised games in the Briles era.
• Since moving to the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Baylor is 4-3 in non-conference games against former Southwest Conference (non-Big 12) rivals -- 2-0 vs. SMU, 2-0 vs. Rice and 0-3 vs. TCU.
• Baylor's roster boasts seven graduates -- QB Robert Griffin III (December 2010), RB Terrance Ganaway (December 2010), LB Elliot Coffey (May 2011), DT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste (May 2011), C Philip Blake (August 2011), OG John Jones (August 2011) and OT Jake Jackson (August 2011).
• Six former QBs are on Baylor's 2011 roster -- TE Jerod Monk, TE Jordan Najvar, LB Matt Ritchey, LB Brody Trahan, DB Joe Williams and IR Kendall Wright.
• Wright has recorded a reception in all 37 games of his career. His streak of 37 consecutive games with at least one reception ranks fourth nationally among active FBS players.
• Baylor's 2010 home opener drew 42,821 fans -- the third-largest home-opening crowd in Floyd Casey Stadium history. The largest season-opening home crowd was 1973 against Oklahoma (46,000). The second-largest home-opening crowd was 43,600 in 1975 against Ole Miss.

TCU SERIES HISTORY
• Baylor and TCU will meet for the 107th time Friday. TCU owns a slim margin in the all-time series, 50-49-7, and the Bears have lost the last three series meetings. Prior to Baylor and TCU leaving the Southwest Conference in 1996, the series with the Horned Frogs had been played continuously for 71 years (with the exception of World War II) as conference rivals.
• Baylor is 32-29-5 all-time at home against TCU; Friday will be the first meeting in Waco since 2006, a 17-7 TCU win.
• Baylor's last home win (27-24) over TCU was Oct. 28, 1995, the last meeting as SWC rivals.
• Baylor is TCU's most-played rivalry, while the TCU series is the second-most-played in Baylor history. Only Texas A&M (107 meetings) has played Baylor more on the gridiron.
• Friday will be just the fourth series meeting since the Southwest Conference disbanded. In the last season's meeting, then No. 4 TCU handed Baylor its first loss, 45-10, in Fort Worth.

SERIES NOTES: Baylor, which has lost each of the last three series meetings, is 32-29-5 all-time in Waco against TCU, is 13-11 at Floyd Casey Stadium in the series ... Prior to 1910, TCU was located in Waco ... Baylor 15-5 against TCU in the final 20 meetings in the SWC ... TCU's 27-0 win in 2007 was the first shutout in the series since a 24-0 Horned Frogs' victory at FCS in 1987 ... Friday will mark only the fourth series meeting in the month of September -- all four coming in the last six years ... The longest win streak by either team in the series is eight games -- TCU (1964-71) and Baylor (1974-81) ... BU owns the longest unbeaten streak in the series, going 7-0-3 to begin series.

FLOYD CASEY STADIUM HOME OPENERS
• The 2011 season marks the 62nd season of Floyd Casey Stadium as the home of Baylor football.
• Baylor, which is 172-145-5 (.542) all-time at Floyd Casey Stadium, is a 41-20 in FCS home openers -- 9-6 in the Big 12 era and 1-2 under fourth-year head coach Art Briles.

SUCCESS AGAINST FORMER SWC FOES
• Baylor has played only seven non-conference games against former Southwest Conference (non-Big 12) rivals since joining the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
• Baylor is 4-3 in non-conference games after former Southwest Conference (non-Big 12) rivals -- 2-0 vs. SMU, 2-0 vs. Rice and 0-3 vs. TCU. Baylor has not played Arkansas since 1991 and Houston since 1995.

BAYLOR ON THE ESPN FAMILY OF NETWORKS
• Friday's season opener against TCU will mark Baylor's 13th game on the ESPN family of networks and only its ninth on the flagship station, ESPN. Baylor is 2-10 all-time on the ESPN family of networks. Baylor's only win on the flagship ESPN station came in 1986, a home win over Houston.

BAYLOR VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
• Baylor is 41-165-6 all-time against nationally ranked opponents and has lost three straight. Baylor's last win over a ranked opponent came Oct. 30, 2004, with a 35-34 double OT win over No. 16 Texas A&M in Waco.
• Baylor has lost 25 of its last 26 against ranked opponents.

RECORD-SETTING OFFENSE
• Baylor virtually re-wrote its offensive record book in 2010, establishing a total of 55 offensive school records set or tied (set an additional six on special teams). The new records include 22 team marks and 33 individual. Among the team records are total offensive yards (6,179), passing yards (3,649), average yards-per-rush (5.4) and points scored (405).
• Historic individual records were broken in 2010, including school marks for season rushing yards (Jay Finley 1,218), season and career passing yardage (Robert Griffin III 3,501 & 6,073) and season and career receptions (Kendall Wright 78 & 194).
• In totaling individual offensive records in 2010, quarterback Griffin III set or tied 27 school records (owns 30 total), wide receiver Wright set or tied five and tailback Finley set one (kicker Aaron Jones set or tied five).

BENNETT ADDED TO LEAD DEFENSE
Art Briles made a big recruiting splash in January when he hired Phil Bennett to become Baylor's new defensive coordinator. Bennett joined BU fresh off a bowl victory as interim head coach at Pittsburgh (led Pitt to 27-10 win over Kentucky in BBVA Compass Bowl).
• Bennett is a 32-year coaching veteran who has served as D-coordinator at eight schools and was head coach at SMU for six seasons. He has coordinated defenses in the Big East, Big 12, SEC, Big Ten and Big Eight. Pitt finished 8-5 in 2010 and ranked eighth nationally in total defense; 17th against the run and 22nd against the pass. Pitt played in bowl games all three seasons during Bennett's tenure. The Panthers' defense ranked 23rd nationally in 2009 (319.31 ypg) and 27th nationally in Bennett's first season in 2008 (317.2 ypg).

RG3 AMONG BAYLOR'S WINNINGEST QUARTERBACKS
• Arguably the most dynamic player in program history, junior QB Robert Griffin III is among Baylor's 10 all-time winningest signal-callers. RG3 ranks 10th all-time with a 13-14 overall record; his next victory under center will move him into a four-way tie for seventh place all-time with Adrian Burk (1948-49), Jay Jeffrey (1980-81) and Cody Carlson (1983-86).
• Griffin III, the winningest Baylor quarterback in the Big 12 era, needs 10 victories to tie J.J. Joe (1990-93) for the career school record (Joe was 23-15-1 in four seasons).

WRIGHT LEADS BAYLOR'S IMPRESSIVE STABLE OF RECEIVERS
• All-America and Biletnikoff Award candidate Kendall Wright highlights a receiving corps that is expected to shine for Baylor in 2011. Athlon Sports rated BU's receivers the eighth best unit nationally in its preseason publication. Baylor returns four of its top five receivers from 2010, all of whom caught 42 or more passes last season.
• Wright is joined by Tevin Reese (sophomore, 45-401), Terrance Williams (junior, 43-484) and Lanear Sampson (senior, 42-390) in addition to youngsters Darius Jones (sophomore) and redshirt freshmen Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood.
• Wright, a senior that Lindy's rated the nation's sixth-best receiver in its preseason publiction, is a two-time All-Big 12 honoree and the most decorated receiver in school history (five school records). He is the school career receptions leader (194), caught a school-record 78 passes (952 yards) in 2010 and has a reception in all 37 career games (fourth longest streak nationally entering 2011). Sampson boasts a 17-game reception streak and Williams one of 14 entering 2011. balanced offensive attack
• Baylor's 2010 offense was as balanced as it was powerful. On the season, the Bears had 471 pass attempts and 468 rushing carries. Additionally, Baylor was one of three schools in 2010 to rank in the top 25 nationally in both passing (19th, 280.7 ypg) and rushing (24th, 194.6 ypg) offense (along with Boise State and Tulsa).

POWERFUL, EXPERIENCED O-LINE
• Baylor's offensive line, which has produced draft picks in each of the last three NFL Drafts (2011 Danny Watkins, Eagles 1st Round; 2010 J.D. Walton, Broncos 3rd Round; 2009 Jason Smith, Rams 1st Round) will be a strength of the 2011 Bears squad and has been described by head coach Art Briles as the top line since he's been in Waco. "One to five they'll be the best line we've had," Briles said.
• Led by Rimington Award candidate Philip Blake (senior C & 2011 CFL Draft pick) and former Freshman All-Americans Ivory Wade (junior OT) and Cyril Richardson (sophomore OT), the O-Line is ready to be the catalyst for a Baylor offense set to improve on last-season's record-setting performance.
• Senior OG Robert T. Griffin and junior OG Cameron Kaufhold round out the starting five of the 2011 line which was recently rated the second-best in the Big 12 in a preseason ranking by ESPN.com.
• The front line boasts a first-string that all have starting experience and lost only one member from its 2010 unit that powered the nation's No. 13 offense (475.3 ypg, third in Big 12) and the Big 12's second-best yards-per-rush average (5.4 ypr).
• The average size of Baylor's five offensive line starters is 6 feet, 4.4 inches and a Big 12-leading 317 pounds.


 

 

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