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Bears Receive Votes in National Polls

RB Jay Finley ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 46th nationally with 91.0 yards rushing per game.

RB Jay Finley ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 46th nationally with 91.0 yards rushing per game.

Sept. 8, 2009

NEW YORK -- On the strength of a season-opening 24-21 victory at Wake Forest last Saturday, Baylor football received votes in both national polls released Tuesday. The Bears received 17 votes in The Associated Press Top 25, the 38th-best tally, and two votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, the 44th-best total.

This marks the most votes Baylor has received in the AP Top 25 since the third week of the 1998 season; that year, the Bears opened with a loss at Oregon State, defeated North Carolina State at home, and received votes the following week. Baylor last received votes in the coaches' poll on three occasions during the 2005 season.

Six Big 12 Conference teams are ranked in this week's AP Top 25: No. 2 Texas, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 Kansas and No. 25 Missouri; Texas Tech joins Baylor among teams also receiving votes. Five Big 12 teams are in this week's coaches' poll: No. 2 Texas, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Oklahoma, No. 18 Nebraska and No. 25 Kansas; Baylor, Missouri and Texas Tech also are receiving votes.

Baylor (1-0) returns to action Sept. 19, hosting Connecticut at Floyd Casey Stadium for a 4 p.m. CDT kickoff in the Bears' 2009 season opener. Tickets are available online at or through the Baylor Ticket Office at 254.710.1000.



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