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Football Visits No. 4 TCU Saturday




      vs.  
RV/NR Baylor (2-0) at 4/5 TCU (2-0)
Sept. 18, 2010 | 3:30 p.m. CDT
Fort Worth, Texas
| Amon G. Carter Stadium (44,358)
TV: Versus/Versus HD

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MEDIA INFORMATION
Radio:
Baylor/ISP Sports Network (ESPN/KRZI 1660AM Waco; Sirius/FamilyNet Radio Ch. 161) | list of complete affiliates
Talent: John Morris (pxp), J.J. Joe (analyst), Ricky Thompson (sideline)
Internet Audio: BaylorBears.com
Television: Versus/Versus HD
Talent: Joe Beninati (pxp), Kelly Stouffer (analyst), Lindsay Soto (sideline)
Internet Video: None
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com

SERIES
Tied 49-49-7
    Waco:
Baylor leads 32-29-6
    Fort Worth: TCU leads 20-17
    Neutral: Tied 0-0-1
    First Meeting: Tie, 0-0 [1899]
    Last Meeting: TCU won, 27-0 [Sept. 1, 2007]

BAYLOR BEARS
Record:
2-0, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: RV/NR (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 44-44 (8th season)
    Baylor Record: 10-16 (3rd season)
    vs. TCU: 0-2
Statistical Leaders:
    Rushing:
Jay Finley [19 att., 127 yards, 1 TD]
    Passing:
Robert Griffin III [39-71, 539 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [8 rec., 127 yards, 1 TD]
    Tackles:
Byron Landor [13 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FR]

TCU HORNED FROGS
Record:
2-0, 0-0 MWC
Ranking:
4/5 (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Gary Patterson
   Career Record:
87-28 (10th season)
   TCU Record: 87-28 (10th season)
   vs. Baylor: 2-0
Statistical Leaders:
   Rushing:
Ed Wesley [28 att., 219 yards, 2 TD]
   Passing:
Andy Dalton [32-48, 357 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT]
   Receiving:
Bart Johnson [10 rec., 82 yards, 0 TD]
   Tackles:
Alex Ibiloye [15 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 3 FF]

THE RUNDOWN
With its first 2-0 start since 2005, Baylor faces its first road test of the 2010 season when the Bears visit the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CDT at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on Versus. Baylor is 12-85-2 all-time against opponents ranked in the top 10 and 2-47 vs. ranked teams in the Big 12 era.

Following its 34-6 home win against Buffalo last Saturday, Baylor is looking to win its road opener for the second consecutive season. The Bears are 6-8 in true road openers in the Big 12 era and 1-1 under third-year head coach Art Briles. TCU (2-0), which is ranked in both polls, has won 15 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2008 season. TCU ranks in the top 20 nationally in five major categories -- total defense (8th), rushing offense (10th), scoring offense (14th), pass defense (18th) and rushing defense (20th). The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in six of the last eight seasons under Gary Patterson.

Saturday's game will feature an impressive quarterback battle between Baylor's Robert Griffin III and TCU's Andy Dalton. Griffin III ranks 13th nationally in total offense (312.5 yards/gm) and 55th in passing efficiency (134.47). Dalton ranks 54th in passing efficiency (134.56) and 55th in total offense (222.0).

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 have started in each of Baylor's first two games.

BAYLOR AMONG TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES IN LATEST AP TOP 25
Baylor is among 23 teams receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. Baylor was one of four teams with one point, joining Boston College, N.C. State and Northwestern. It marks the second consecutive season that Baylor has received votes in at least one AP Top 25 poll.

Last season, Baylor received 15 points in the second AP Top 25 poll after defeating Wake Forest 24-21 in the 2009 season opener in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The last time Baylor appeared in the AP Top 25 was the second week of the 1993 season, when the Bears were No. 24 after knocking off 25th-ranked Fresno State 42-39 in the season opener.

RG3 BATTLE-TESTED IN NON-CONFERENCE
Robert Griffin III has been electrifying in his first 17 games and he has posted rather impressive passing numbers in non-conference play. Griffin III owns a 15.0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in nine career non-conference games, tossing 15 TDs to just one INT. Griffin III is 131-of-218 (60.1 percent) for 1,776 yards against non-conference foes.

NOT ONLY CAN HE RUN, HE CAN THROW TOO
Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III threw for a career-high 297 yards -- in three quarters before sitting out the fourth quarter -- in Baylor's 34-6 win over Buffalo last Saturday. Griffin III bested his previous career high by three yards (294 vs. Northwestern State, 2008). RG3 tossed for 200-plus yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

Griffin III, who has thrown for 539 yards in two games this season, has four games with at least 275 passing yards in his career.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE
Since moving to the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Baylor is 3-2 in non-conference games against former Southwest Conference (non-Big 12) rivals -- 2-0 vs. SMU, 1-0 vs. Rice and 0-2 vs. TCU. Baylor has not played Arkansas since 1991 and Houston since 1995.

GRIFFIN III: BAYLOR'S FIRST 1,000-YARD RUSHING QB
With a six-yard run in Buffalo territory last Saturday, Robert Griffin III became the first 1,000-yard rushing quarterback -- and 29th 1,000-yard rusher -- in Baylor history. Griffin III, who ranks 29th all-time with 1,006 career yards, needs five yards to tie and six more to overtake Allen Rice (1,011) for 28th on the all-time rushing list at Baylor.

SPREADING THE BALL AROUND
Through the first two games of the 2010 season, Baylor quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence have completed passes to 14 different receivers, including 12 in the Bears' 34-3 season-opening win against Sam Houston State. Three receivers have recorded their career-first receptions in that span -- true freshman IR Tevin Reese, junior FB Kaeron Johnson and redshirt freshman FB Erik Wolfe.

WRIGHT'S STREAK HITS 26
With five receptions in Baylor's 34-6 win over Buffalo on Sept. 11, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 26 games of his career. Wright's streak of 26 consecutive games with at least one reception ranks 10th 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 (27).


 

 

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