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No. 10 Football Hosts Northwestern State

Sept. 6, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)

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Date Sat., Sept. 6 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)
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Series Baylor leads, 3-0
In Waco Baylor leads, 3-0
In Nachitoches Never met
First Meeting Sept. 9, 2006 - Baylor, 47-10
Last Meeting Sept. 26, 2009 - Baylor, 68-13
Record 1-0, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking 10 (AP), 9 (Coaches)
Last Game Aug. 31, 2014 (defeated SMU, 45-0)
Head Coach Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
  Career: 79-60 (12th season)
  BU Record: 45-32 (7th season)
Record 0-1, 0-0 Southland
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Aug. 28, 2014 (lost to Missouri State, 34-27)
Head Coach Jay Thomas (Southern Miss, 1988)
  Career: 33-42 (8th season)
  NSU Record: 6-7 (2nd season)

• Baylor looks to continue its school-record 11-game home win streak as it hosts Northwestern State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. CT. The contest will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net.
• Baylor opened season with 45-0 shutout of SMU Sunday, BU's 1st blanking of an FBS team since 1995.
• Baylor has not lost in Waco since Oct. 13, 2012 vs. TCU.
• Baylor is 24-3 at home over last 4 seasons and is 20-1 in Waco since 2011. BU is 16-2 in last 18 games.
• Baylor is the most successful FBS team in Texas since 2011 with a win percentage of .750 (30-10).
• Baylor is playing its inaugural season at the new on-campus, riverfront $266 million McLane Stadium.
• Baylor is in its 112th season of football and 7th under head coach Art Briles.
• Baylor has scored 30+ points in 30 of its last 33 games and has scored 40+ points in 26 of those contests.
• Baylor has gained 500+ yards in 10 of 14 games since 2013, after posting 574 in opener vs. SMU.
• Baylor tied a school record with nine sacks vs. SMU as 9 different guys record at least half a sack.
• Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 40 of 41 games since 2011 -- that mark leads the nation.
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 16 of its last 21 games (17-4 record in span).
• Baylor's D has 3 or more turnovers in 7 games since 2013 & has won 20 straight with 3+ takeaways.
• Baylor looks to start the season 2-0 for the 5th straight season. It will be the first time for the Bears to accomplish that feat since winning the opening two games in 8 straight seasons from 1951-58.
• This will be the 4th contest between the Bears & Demons. BU has won all three of the previous meetings.
• Baylor is looking to repeat as conference champions for the first time in its history.
• Baylor is ranked No. 10 in this week's AP Top 25 and up one spot to No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
• Baylor has been ranked in AP Top 25 for a school-record 16 straight weeks.
• Baylor is 26-2 over the last four seasons when leading at halftime. 
• Saturday's game is a sellout and will mark the sixth straight sellout for the Bears at home.
• Baylor's D leads the country with 13.0 TFLs, 9 sacks and is one of 7 teams to give up 0 points in 1st week.
• Baylor's O leads the country in sacks allowed (0) and leads the Big 12 in rushing offense (261.0 ypg.).
• Baylor returns 48 lettermen and 10 starters (5 o; 4 d; 1 st) from a 2013 squad that won a school-record 11 games, claimed its first Big 12 title and earned its first trip to a BCS-bowl game.

• Baylor's No. 2 in the Big 12 in total offense averaging 574 ypg.
• Baylor went 2-for-2 on 4th down vs. SMU and leads NCAA with perfect 4th-down conversion %.
• Baylor set an NCAA record in scoring in 2013 with 681 points in 13 games. BU's 52.4 points/game were tied for fourth-most all-time.
• Baylor returned 5 of its top 6 WRs from 2013 (only loss was Tevin Reese to San Diego Chargers).

• Baylor gave up only 67 yards vs. SMU, its fewest since 1988 win over UNLV (50 yards).
• Baylor held SMU to -24 yards rushing, its fewest allowed since the school-record effort -36 vs. TTU in 1980.
• Baylor leads the NCAA in yards per play (1.05) and is 1st in Big 12 in 1st down defense (7 allowed).
• Baylor led the nation in forcing 3-and-outs, tallying 6.38 per contest last season.
• BU is 25-3 when making 2+ takeaways in DC Phil Bennett's 3 seasons.
• The Bears led the Big 12 by allowing only 4.75 yards per play in in 2013.

• Baylor ranked 30th nationally in net punting in 2013 (38.3) after ranking 67th and 118th in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

• QB Bryce Petty broke Robert Griffin III's BU record by throwing a TD in 14th straight game vs. SMU. He has 2 or more TD passes in all 14 starts.
• 2014 marks the first time in three seasons that Baylor has a returning starter at quarterback (Heisman candidate Petty).
• Receiving streaks: Heading into 2014, Levi Norwood owns a 27-game reception streak.
• RB Shock Linwood is the Big 12's leading returning rusher (73.4 yards-per-game as freshman in 2013).

• DE Shawn Oakman leads the Big 12 and is fourth nationally with 2.0 sacks on the year.
• MLB Bryce Hager, an All-America candidate, led the Big 12 in tackles in 2012 (124, 9.5/game) & totaled 71 (7.9) in injury-shortened 2013 season.
• 3 starters (Beau Blackshear, Andrew Billings & Orion Stewart) are Waco natives.

• Norwood leads the Big 12 and is 6th nationally with 24.5 yards per punt return.
• Norwood had BU-record 2 punt return TDs in 2013.
• Punter Spencer Roth led the Big 12 with a 45.8 average in 2013 and was named honorable mention All-American by

Baylor returns a nation's-best 6,319 yards from its 2013 totals [see chart below] amassed by the nation's most powerful offense. BU's offense has finished among the top two stat leaders each of the last three seasons [see listing below] and shattered numerous NCAA, Big 12 and school records. With 574 yards of total offense vs. SMU, the Bears currently ranked 17th in the nation and second in the Big 12.

MOST (2013) YARDS RETURNING, 2014 (per Phil Steele)
1. Baylor - 6,319
2. Oregon - 5,702
3. Auburn - 5,537

Baylor's defensive impact has steadily improved under fourth-year defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. The Bears' takeaways have remained steady from year-to-year, but the chart below shows the increase in sacks and tackles-for-loss during Baylor's 2013 Big 12 championship run. Baylor also intercepted or broke up 82 passes in 13 games last year, the most of any major conference team and fifth in all of FBS.

BU opened the season with three TD drives in under a minute. Baylor's 2013 offense led the nation in TD drives of one minute or less (29, next closest was Ohio State's 21), TD drives of two minutes or less (60, next Oregon's 49) and most plays of 40 yards or more (37, next Indiana's 27). The Bears 19.8 seconds per-play ranked behind BYU and Texas Tech's 19.5, but in first halves (with BU starters playing) BU led the FBS at 16.7 seconds per-play. [all stats via ESPN Stats & Info]

It's no secret that Art Briles has completely rebuilt Baylor's football program back to national prominence, but most impressive is how speedy and pronounced the transformation has been (Briles is fourth on the BU career wins list and four victories away from moving into the third spot).

Baylor and Northwestern State meet for only the fourth time on Saturday. The Bears have won each of the previous three meetings, all at Floyd Casey Stadium. In 2006, Baylor defeated the Demons 47-10 in the season's second game. In 2009, the Bears were 51-6 winners in Robert Griffin III's first career start. In the last meeting, BU claimed a 68-13 victory in 2009.

Sunday's 45-0 shutout of SMU was Baylor's first four-quarter shutout since Sept. 23, 1995, a 14-0 win at North Carolina State. The only shutout between that game and Sunday was Sept.17, 2011 against SFA, but that game ended after three quarters due to lightning. Meanwhile, it was only the second time that a June Jones-coached team had been shutout.

Baylor's current 11 straight home wins is a school record and is the nation's fifth-longest active streak.

Stanford - 17
Ohio State - 15
Fresno State - 13
Northern Illinois - 12
Baylor - 11

Baylor's talented and deep receiving corps returned five of its top six producers from 2013. Wide Receiver U, now recognized for its excellence and production, has been named the nation's top receiving unit in 2014 by, Lindy's and Phil Steele. Baylor has produced five NFL Draftees over the last five years (tied with USC as nation's highest total).

Wide Receivers drafted in the NFL Draft* 2010-2014
• 5 - Baylor, Southern Cal
• 4 - Arkansas, Illinois

David Gettis (2010 Panthers, 6th round)
Kendall Wright (2012 Titans, 1st round)
Josh Gordon (2012 Browns, 2nd round*)
Terrance Williams (2013 Cowboys, 3rd round)
Tevin Reese (2014 Chargers, 7th round)
*including supplemental draft

Baylor garnered its highest-ever preseason placing by being picked second in the 2014 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll. BU tallied 508 points and nine first-place votes to finish as the projected runner-up to Oklahoma. The ranking is the Bears' best since the league switched to the 10-team format in 2011. BU was picked sixth in 2011, seventh in 2012 and fifth last year.

Highlighted by preseason Offensive Player of the Year Bryce Petty, the Bears placed a conference-best seven players on the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Media representatives who cover the league chose a school-record four offensive players, one defensive player and two specialists from Baylor's squad for the 26-man conference preseason team. [complete list of preseason honors on pages 5 & 6

Baylor's underrated rushing attack is frequently overshadowed by the Bears' passing game. The Bears have led the Big 12 in rushing the last two seasons and finished second in 2011 - and have ranked among the top 15 nationally in each of the last three seasons (13th at 259.7 ypg in 2013, 14th at 231.7 in 2012 and 10th at 235.6 in 2011). The Bears' punishing rushing game has produced 1,000-yard rushers in four straight seasons: Jay Finley in 2010 (1,218), Terrance Ganaway in 2011 (school-record 1,547), Lache Seastrunk in 2012 (1,012) and 2013 (1,060).

Senior All-Americans Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley are the nation's top returning quarterback-wide receiver combo, accounting for 1,339 yards in 2013, according to STATS. The duo connected 71 times last season, including 13 times for a score.

Senior All-Americans Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley are the nation's top returning quarterback-wide receiver combo, accounting for 1,339 yards in 2013, according to STATS. The duo connected 71 times last season, including 13 times for a score.

Baylor opened McLane Stadium to rave reviews on Sunday vs. SMU.
In what Director of Athletics Ian McCaw coined as a "monumental occasion" and "one of the biggest things to happen in the history of Baylor University," the Baylor Board of Regents voted on July 19, 2012, to move forward with the construction of a $266 million riverfront stadium.
McLane Stadium is built on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35, one of the nation's busiest highways, and the Brazos River, the longest waterway in the state of Texas. The stadium holds 45,140 spectators, with the flexibility to expand to 55,000, and features a bridge crossing the Brazos connecting the stadium to the campus.
The 15-story McLane Stadium project is expected to help stimulate riverfront development, revitalize downtown Waco and bring jobs and economic development to the region.
The vote by Baylor Regents followed very favorable discussion and enthusiastic public comment at a meeting of the Waco City Council. At that meeting, the Council voted unanimously in support of a $35 million public contribution which was endorsed without dissent earlier this month by the downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Zone board. The Council affirmed that vote in early August 2012. The TIF funds covered a portion of public infrastructure around the stadium, such as roads, construction of a pedestrian bridge to provide access across the Brazos River, development of a new marina, the relocation of sewer and electric transmission lines, and water, sewer and drainage facilities.
The contractor for the McLane Stadium project was a partnership between Austin Commercial-Flintco LLC. The companies have worked on such Big 12 football facilities as Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium, Oklahoma's Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium and TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. The architect for the project was Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous, which has designed several stadiums, including Yankee Stadium and the football stadium at the University of Minnesota.

• In Sunday's game vs. SMU, Baylor played its 1st game on campus since Nov. 9, 1935.
• Senior Bryce Hager made the first tackle in McLane Stadium history.
• Junior Jay Lee caught the first pass.
• Senior Bryce Petty completed the first pass
• Sophomore Shock Linwood had the first rush and touchdown (4-yard run)
• Freshman Chris Callahan scored the first points with a 23-yard field goal.

School officials announced prior to the season opener that all six homes games on the 2014 home schedule had been sold out. It marked the first time in school history that every home game will be a sellout. Last spring it was announced that season tickets for the 2014 season were sold-out, marking the 10th time in the last 11 years season sales for Baylor football games increased. A school-record 28,000 season tickets were sold.



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