|RV/RV BAYLOR (1-0) vs. NR/NR/#2 SHSU (1-0)
Sept. 15, 2012 | 6:05 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: FOX College Sports (TV LISTINGS)
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Following a fourth-consecutive season-opening win (59-24 over SMU), Baylor's current seven-game win streak is the nation's second longest active streak (TCU has won 9 straight) in FBS - BU's last loss was at then-No. 3 Oklahoma State on Oct. 29, 2011.
Baylor and Sam Houston State will meet for the fourth time on Saturday. Baylor holds a 3-0 all-time advantage with all three games in Waco.
Saturday's meeting will be the second in the last three seasons between the teams, with Baylor taking a 34-3 victory over the Bearkats in 2010.
In Baylor's seven-game winning streak (dating back to last season), BU QBs have thrown 21 touchdowns and two interceptions in 219 passing attempts - 5 TDs & 0 interceptions in 35 attempts vs. SMU in 2012 opener.
Baylor also brings a eight-game home-winning streak into the matchup with the last loss coming against then-No. 14 Oklahoma on Nov. 20, 2010. It is the fifth-best active streak among FBS schools. The streak is also the second-best in Floyd Casey Stadium history, ranking second behind a nine-game win streak.
Baylor's offense has scored at least 45 points in five consecutive games, including three with 59+ points.
Baylor ranks first in the Big 12 and second nationally in turnover margin with a +3.0 differential.
Since Phil Bennettbecame defensive coordinator, Baylor is 9-0 when recording 2 or more takeaways.
Over its last six games played, Bennett's defense has forced 21 turnovers, an average of 3.5 takeaways per game (BU is 6-0 during that stretch).
• The 2012 season marks the 63rd season of Floyd Casey Stadium as the home of Baylor football. With the season-opening win over SMU, Baylor is now 42-20 in FCS home openers, including a 3-2 mark under Art Briles.
• Baylor's 59 points in the season's first game are the most in a season-opener since scoring 68 to start the 1942 season (70 years) with a 68-0 win over Blackland AAF.
• Among national consecutive recaptions streaks, Sampson ranks second at 31 straight games and Reese is tied for ninth at 24 straight games.
• Safety Sam Holl leads the Big 12 in passes broken up (3.0 per game), and has intercepted three passes over the last three games (dating back to last season).
• Three of the top five tacklers in the Big 12 are Baylor defenders - LB Bryce Hager (2nd, 14.0 tpg), S Mike Hicks (t-4th, 9.0) and Ahmad Dixon (t-4th, 9.0).
• Redshirt freshman Trevor Clemons-Valdez (NG) and junior transfer Eddie Lackey (OLB) started their first-ever games at Baylor last week vs. SMU - and senior transfer Darryl Stonum (WR) caught a TD in his first BU game.
• Levi Norwood had a career-long 37-yard return vs. SMU and ranks third in the Big 12 at 12.2 yards per return.
• Terrance Williams is 7 yards shy of 3,000 career all-purpose yards (11 rush, 1,640 rec., 162 PR, 1,180 KR).
• Running back Jared Salubi is 65 yards shy of eclipsing the 1,000-yard career rushing plateau.
• Inside receiver Tevin Reese is two catches shy of reaching 100 career receptions.
• Baylor is 18-20 in televised games in the Briles era.
CEREMONIAL BAYLOR STADIUM GROUND-BREAKING
Baylor and local officials will participate in a ceremonial ground-breaking for the Baylor Stadium during halftime of Saturday's game, and the first 40,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a complimentary button, sponsored by Baylor University and QTI, featuring the new on-campus stadium which will open Aug. 31, 2014, when the Bears square off against long-time rival SMU.
Baylor's matchup with Sam Houston State will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports, marking the sixth consecutive national telecast for the Bears. Dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, Saturday's game will be the 13th nationally televised contest in a span of 15 games for Baylor.
NATION'S SECOND-LONGEST WINNING STREAK
Baylor enters the weekend with a seven-game winning streak, the second-longest active national streak among FBS schools (TCU 9). By winning their last six games of last season, the Bears boasted the longest streak by a BCS AQ school to end the 2011 season (TCU was in MWC during 2011).
In one-plus years under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, Baylor's D has recorded at least one takeaway in all 14 games - a total of 32 takeaways (18 interceptions, 14 fumbles recovered). 21 of those 32 takeaways have come over the last 6 games, an average of 3.5 per game (Baylor is 6-0 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 9-0 when recording 2 or more takeaways.
BU'S NATIONALLY RANKED OFFENSE
After setting 101 offensive school records in 2011, Baylor's offensive juggernaut picked up where it left off to start 2012 under head coach Art Briles and offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery. The Bears rank second nationally in passing efficiency with a 210.1 rating, fourth in total offense at 613.0 yards per game, fourth in scoring at 59.0 points per game and fifth in passing yards at 393.0 per game. Comparatively, in 2011, BU quarterbacks posted a nation-leading 191.2 pass efficiency rating and the natin's second best total offense at 587.1 yards per game, while averaging a fourth-ranked 45.3 points per game.