Bears Open 2009 Season at Wake Forest

Baylor (0-0) vs. Wake Forest (0-0)
Sept. 5, 2009 | 2:36 p.m. CDT
Winston-Salem, N.C.
BB&T Field (31,500)

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Baylor leads 4-1
    Waco: Baylor leads 3-1
    Winston-Salem: Never Met
    Neutral: Baylor leads 1-0
    First Meeting: Baylor 20-7 [Jan. 1, 1949]
    Last Meeting: WFU 41-13 [Aug. 28, 2008]

2008 Record: 4-8, 2-6 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 38-36 (7th season)
    Baylor Record: 4-8 (2nd season)
    vs. Wake Forest: 0-1
Returning Statistical Leaders:
    Rushing: Jay Finley [149-865-7]
    Passing: Robert Griffin [160-267-3-2091-15]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [50-649-5]
   Tackles: Joe Pawelek [55-73-128]

2008 Record: 8-5, 4-4 ACC
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Jim Grobe
   Career Record: 77-77-1 (15th season)
   Wake Forest Record: 54-44 (9th season)
   vs. Baylor: 1-0
Returning Statistical Leaders:
   Rushing: Brandon Pendergrass [150-528-5]
   Passing: Riley Skinner [232-3363-7-2347-13]
   Receiving: Marshall Williams [26-390-2]
   Tackles: Boo Robinson [24-23-47

Baylor opens its 2009 season Saturday, Sept. 5, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Bears' first of four non-Big 12 Conference games this fall. Kickoff between the Bears and Demon Deacons is scheduled for 2:36 p.m. CDT at BB&T Field on the Wake Forest campus. Saturday's game will be televised regionally on ABC. Check local listings for availability.

This also is the season opener for Wake Forest, and this marks the second consecutive season in which the programs have opened their respective seasons against each other.

The Bears were 4-8 overall and 2-6 in Big 12 play last season. Baylor looks to snap a nine-game road losing streak that dates back to a 34-21 victory Sept. 22, 2007, at Buffalo.

The Demon Deacons were 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season. Wake Forest defeated Navy 29-19 at the EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C. The Deacons are among teams receiving votes in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll.

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Baylor is 14-16 all-time against schools currently playing as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Bears have faced eight of the conference's 12 members -- Boston College (0-3), Clemson (1-0), Duke (0-1), Florida State (2-1), Georgia Tech (1-3), Maryland (1-1), Miami-FL (3-6), North Carolina State (2-0) and Wake Forest (4-1). Baylor is 5-10 against ACC teams on the road.

This is Baylor's first game against at the home facility of a current ACC program since a 30-29 overtime loss at Boston College in the 1999 season opener. At that time, Boston College was a member of the Big East Conference. This is Baylor's first game at the home facility of a team that was an ACC member at the time of the game since a 14-0 victory at North Carolina State in 1995; that game also was Baylor's last shutout.

Baylor is 66-36-5 in season openers; however, the Bears have lost six of their last seven and nine of their last 12 season openers. Ironically, Baylor's lone victory in a season opener over the past seven years was on the road (at SMU in 2005).

The Bears are 12-23-1 when opening the season on the road, going 2-5 in their last seven season openers away from Waco.

Saturday marks Baylor's fifth trip east of the Mississippi River in the last six seasons. Trips east of the Mississippi are nothing new for Baylor, though; the Bears have played 69 games east of the river in the program's history. This is Baylor's third game in the Tar Heel State.

Baylor is 27-41-2 all-time in games played east of the Mississippi, including a 5-3 mark in bowl games. The Bears last game east of the Mississippi was a 31-28 loss at Connecticut last season.

Baylor's first game east of the Mississippi was a 48-0 loss at Louisiana State in 1907. Three of Baylor's first four such games were at Louisiana State; the other was at Tulane. In fact, Baylor has played at Louisiana State more often than any other east of the Mississippi location. The Bears are 1-6 all-time at Louisiana State and also defeated the Bayou Bengals 21-7 in the 1985 Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn. Baylor also has played at Miami-FL five times (2-3), at Georgia four times (0-4) and at Tulane four times (1-3).

The Bears lost their first eight games east of the Mississippi before an 18-0 victory at Loyola (La.) in 1932. Baylor went 12-6-1 from 1932 to 1965 in regular-season games games east of the Mississippi before sustaining a seven-game losing streak that started with a 7-0 loss at Syracuse in 1967. The Bears lost nine consecutive regular-season games east of the Mississippi from 1978 to 1993, a streak that ended with Baylor's 14-0 win at North Carolina State in 1995.

Including bowl games, Baylor has played 14 games east of the Mississippi River in Louisiana (Baton Rouge and New Orleans). The Bears have played 10 games in Florida, seven games in Georgia and five games in both Alabama and New York. Baylor also has played in Indiana and Pennsylvania four times each; in Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee three times each; in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Ohio twice each; and in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi and South Carolina once each.



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