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Baylor leads 1-0
Waco: never met
Buffalo: Baylor leads 1-0
Neutral: never met
First Meeting: Baylor, 34-21 [Sept. 22, 2007]
Last Meeting: Baylor, 34-21 [Sept. 22, 2007]
Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Art Briles
Career Record: 43-44 (8th season)
Baylor Record: 9-16 (3rd season)
vs. UB: 0-0
Rushing: Robert Griffin III [6 att., 59 yards, 1 TD]
Passing: Robert Griffin III [19-36, 242 yards, 2 TD]
Receiving: Brad Taylor [2 rec., 69 yards, 1 TD]
Tackles: Tevin Elliott [8 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks]
Record: 1-0, 0-0 MAC
Ranking: NR/NR/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Jeff Quinn
Career Record: 1-0 (1st season)
UB Record: 1-0 (1st season)
vs. Baylor: 0-0
Rushing: Brandon Thermilus [7 att., 27 yards, 0 TD]
Passing: Jerry Davis [21-35, 302 yards, 4 TD-1 INT]
Receiving: Marcus Rivers [10 rec., 155 yards, 1 TD]
Tackles: Justin Winters [8 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 SACK]
After Baylor (1-0) ushered in year three of the Art Briles era -- and the much-anticipated return of sophomore QB Robert Griffin III -- with a 34-3 victory over Sam Houston State, the Bears host the Buffalo Bulls. Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT at Floyd Casey Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FOX College Sports.
Last Saturday's 31-point win snapped Baylor's three-game home losing streak. Baylor, which is 5-2 at home against non-conference competition under Briles, owns a three-game non-conference home winning streak. The Bears are averaging 35.9 points in their last seven non-conference games.
Baylor is eyeing its first 2-0 start to the regular season since 2005 when the Bears started 3-0 (BU finished 5-6). The Bears haven't won their first two home games since 2004.
Buffalo (1-0), which is in its 12th season of play in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, is making a trip south to Texas for the second consecutive season. Last season, the Bulls opened with a 23-17 win at UTEP before finishing 2009 with a 5-7 record. The Bulls are led by first-year head coach Jeff Quinn, who was victorious in his head coaching debut -- 31-0 vs. Rhode Island on Sept. 2. Quinn replaced Turner Gill, who left to take the head coaching job at Kansas. Gill's Bulls won the 2008 Mid-American Conference title and made the school's first-ever bowl appearance in the 2009 International Bowl.
YES, THERE ARE TWO ROBERT GRIFFINS
For the last two seasons, there was only one Robert Griffin on the Baylor football team -- QB Robert Griffin III. This season, there are two Robert Griffins -- RG3 and Robert T. Griffin (no relation). RTG, a right guard, enrolled at Baylor in January 2010, transferring from Navarro Junior College. Both Griffins started in Baylor's season-opening win vs. Sam Houston State last week.
RG3 MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO FIELD
The much-anticipated return of sophomore QB Robert Griffin III went just as scripted during Baylor's 34-3 season-opening win over Sam Houston State last Saturday. Griffin III threw for 242 yards on 19-of-36 passing with two TD tosses, including a career-long 68-yard scoring pass to Brad Taylor. RG3 ran for 59 yards on six carries, adding a third score on a 30-yard scamper. RG3's three-touchdown performance was the eighth of his career and first since tossing three touchdowns in 2009 against Northwestern State.
RG3 BATTLE-TESTED IN NON-CONFERENCE
Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III has been electrifying in his first 16 games and he has posted rather impressive passing numbers in non-conference play. Griffin owns a flawless touchdown-to-interception ratio in eight career non-conference games, tossing 13 TDs without throwing an INT. Griffin III is 111-of-183 (60.7 percent) for 1,479 yards against non-conference foes.
ONCE-INJURED BEARS BACK TO HEALTH
Several players, which suffered serious injury or off-season surgery, returned to the field during Baylor's 34-3 season-opening win over Sam Houston State last Saturday. QB Robert Griffin III (knee surgery) and DB/KR Mikail Baker (knee surgery) returned to the lineup since suffering season-ending knee injuries against Northwestern State in third game of the 2009 season. RG3 threw for 242 yards and two scores, while leading the Bears with a team-best 59 rushing yards and a third TD. Baker recorded two solo stops and a tackle-for-loss on defense.
RB Jay Finley (ankle surgery), RG Robert T. Griffin (hyperextended knee), TE Brad Taylor (knee surgery) and CB Antareis Bryan (broken foot) all started against Sam Houston State. Finley ran six times for 51 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown scamper. Taylor finished with two catches for 69 yards, capped off by a 68-yard TD reception. Bryan recorded a pass break-up.
Last Saturday's crowd of 42,821 is the third-largest opening-day crowd -- and largest crowd for a Division I Football Championship Subdivision opponent -- in Floyd Casey Stadium history. It was also the third-largest crowd for any home game under head coach Art Briles -- 44,372 vs. Texas (2009) and 43,549 vs. Texas A&M (2008).
SAM HOUSTON STATE WIN FEATURES NUMBER OF FIRSTS
During Baylor's 34-3 season-opening win over Sam Houston State last Saturday, there were several firsts established by a slew of Bears. Six players made their first career starts in the season opener -- junior LB Elliot Coffey, senior LB Chris Francis, redshirt freshman DE Terrance Lloyd, sophomore DE Gary Mason Jr., junior OG Robert T. Griffin and WR/KR Terrance Williams.
In addition to four first-time starters, 17 different Bears played their first collegiate games against the Sam Houston State Bearkats -- true freshman DB Ahmad Dixon, redshirt freshman DE Tevin Elliott, junior OG Robert T. Griffin, redshirt freshman C Stefan Huber, senior CB Ahmad Jenkins, redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones, true freshman S Prince Kent, redshirt freshman DE Terrance Lloyd, redshirt freshman LB LeQuince McCall, redshirt freshman DS Zach Northern, true freshman WR Tevin Reese, junior LB Reggie Rice, redshirt freshman OT Cyril Richardson, redshirt freshman LB Chris McAllister, sophomore DB Tyler Pratt, redshirt freshman DL Jeramie Roberts and sophomore DS Marcus Santa Cruz.
In his first career game, Elliott recorded a team-high eight tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one sack. Jones connected on two field goals -- the first made field goals of his career. Williams recorded his career-first TD reception, a 23-yard pass from Robert Griffin III in the second quarter.
WRIGHT'S STREAK HITS 25
With three receptions in Baylor's 34-3 win over Sam Houston State on Sept. 4, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 25 games of his career. Wright's streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one reception is tied for ninth nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision players. His streak is tied for the second-longest active streak by a Big 12 player with Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill behind Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (26).